'Celebrity Big Brother' producers reportedly trying to cast Blac Chyna
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/03/2017
Celebrity Big Brotherproducers are reportedly eyeing Blac Chyna to compete on the show's upcoming first American edition.
According to multiple sources, Celebrity Big Brother producers want the model and Rob Kardashian's ex-fiancee to compete on the first-ever U.S. edition, Us Weekly reported.
"The production team behind the show is trying to get Chyna to do Celebrity Big Brother," an insider told Us.
Chyna, 29, skyrocketed to fame when she starred on the E! reality series Rob & Chyna with Kardashian in late 2016. Chyna has also appeared in several episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on the same network.
Chyna and Kardashian have split and are often involved in legal drama, however, the pair attempts to amicably co-parent their daughter Dream Renee, who will celebrate her first birthday on November 10.
Big Brother host Julie Chen announced during the show's 19th season in September 2017 that a celebrity edition would be coming to CBS this winter, and executive producer Allison Grodner revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, "We've had an overwhelming response from people who want to be on the show."
Among the celebrities who are reportedly interested in playing are Kaitlyn Bristowe, who competed for Chris Soules on The Bachelor's 19th season and starred on The Bachelorette's 11th season, and her fiance Shawn Booth; former The Hills star and Celebrity Big Brother U.K. participant Spencer Pratt; and *NSYNC member and former Finding Prince Charming host and Dancing with the Stars contestant Lance Bass.
"It's not going to be all Oscar winners. But maybe we'll have someone who won an Oscar decades ago," Julie said in September about how Big Brother casting needs to be "realistic."
"Whoever casts Dancing with the Stars does an amazing job. They don't always get household names, but some people kind of reinvent themselves and suddenly I see that person all over the tabloids. Sometimes these types of shows, like in the U.K. [version], some of the washed-up names that went into it got a new lease on life."
Unlike the typical Big Brother seasons that air every summer, the cast will reportedly be playing a condensed version of the game. However, the format will still include Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions, as well as live eviction ceremonies. It remains unclear whether the houseguests or home viewers will vote each week.
The network has yet to announce the star-studded lineup and premiere date for Celebrity Big Brother, which debuted in the U.K. all the way back in 2001 and currently airs short seasons twice a year.