Due to the Ontario government calling a state of emergency surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in that Canadian province, Big Brother Canada production announced that they have ended production on the show.
Season 8 of Big Brother Canada, despite having only premiered on March 4th, has been an exciting season and one that no one will likely forget – no matter how much fans might want to.
On Day 5 in the house, contestant Nico Vera chose to self-evict. Just days later from one another, both Jamar Lee and Kyle Rozendal were ejected from the house by producers, and then it was looking like Carol Rosher was going to self-evict as well the week, if she wasn’t evicted by her fellow houseguests.
This season 8 was an unprecedented one, and while it may have been a chaotic season thus far, it’s unfortunate it had to end like this.
Insight Productions announced (via Big Brother Canada’s website) that they have shut down production of the season, with host Arisa Cox explaining that “Big Brother Canada is a labor of love for so many, and even though it hurts to say goodbye to the season, it’s the right thing to do.”
As there will be new government mandates coming into effect in Ontario to counteract the spread of COVID-19 in the province which affects all “non-essential” businesses.
Cox’s statement read: “On behalf of the incredible people who put this show together, thank you to everyone who started this journey with us.”
He then urged everyone to “please take care and be safe!”
Check out the Big Brother Canada tweet below:
As a result of recent COVID-19 government mandates, effective today #BBCAN8 has ended production. We’re all in the house together Canada, thanks for watching ♥️
Full Statement » https://t.co/qsAQblIQXA
— Big Brother Canada (@BigBrotherCA) March 24, 2020
Before the shutting down of the Big Brother Canada Season 8, a number of members on the production crew reportedly quit (via The Logic) the season due to concerns over COVID-19 and combined with these new mandates the producers aren’t left with much of a choice.
The show which Supposed to end in a two night finale on Wednesday March 25th at 7 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday April 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
There have been a variety of reactions to the news on social media from the viewers, With season 8 of Big Brother Canada unable to finish properly, it technically makes contestant Micheal Stubley the only person to ever be the only person to be evicted from a season, so at least he can take that away with him.
After the double-ejection of Kyle and Jamar some fans called for a reset of the season, and while a full shut down wasn’t what anyone wanted, the most important thing is to keep the houseguests as well as the crew safe during these unpredictable times.
Watch Moment The Announcement Was Made Below;
In Another news, a Corus Entertainment network, and Insight Productions, announced today that casting is officially underway for Season 9 of Big Brother Canada. Set to debut on Global in 2021, Big Brother Canada is calling Canadians from every corner of the country to apply online for their chance to compete on one of the most revered reality shows ever made.
“The very spirit of Big Brother Canada is an inclusive one and we are ready to embark on another casting journey in search of Canadians who represent our country and its rich mosaic of cultures,” said Erin Brock, Executive Producer and Showrunner, Insight Productions/Big Brother Canada. “Alongside our talented casting team, and newly-minted EP and series Host, Arisa Cox, we’re encouraging all qualified Canadians to take a shot at this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Beginning today, Canadians can apply online at bigbrothercanadacasting.ca for their chance to become a #BBCAN9 houseguest, competing in a series of grueling challenges in one of the most high-stakes social experiments ever. For the first time ever, casting for the new season of Big Brother Canada will be done completely virtually, foregoing in-person casting calls as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Fans can also nominate friends on social media by tagging @bigbrotherca and using #FutureHOH for a chance to get noticed by Big Brother Canada’s casting team.
Apply from the couch in three simple steps:
- Record a short video of yourself explaining why you have what it takes to be one of the next houseguests on Big Brother Canada
- Visit the official casting site at ca
- Upload a photo of yourself, along with your video and some basic information
To qualify, potential future houseguests must be 19 years of age by February 1, 2020 and submit their applications by November 15, 2020. For more information, including a full list of rules and eligibility, head to BigBrotherCanada.ca.
In the meantime, BB fans can rejoice with an all-new, All-Stars season of Big Brother, currently airing three nights a week on Global. Watch Big Brother Season 22, hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers can also sign in with their TV service provider credentials to watch live or on-demand on GlobalTV.com or the Global TV app (now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Roku), or via STACKTV.
Airing exclusively on Global in Spring 2021, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.
Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 9 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions Ltd. in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive Producers are John Brunton, Erin Brock, Eric Abboud, Trevor Boris, and Arisa Cox.
Corus Entertainment’s Original Content team driving its slate of unscripted series is helmed by industry executive Lisa Godfrey as VP Original Content and supported by long-time TV veterans Krista Look (Director of Lifestyle) and Lynne Carter (Production Executive).
Stream past season of Big Brother Canada on the Global TV App available on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku streaming players, Roku TV™ models and at watch.globaltv.com.