Comedians to take over the Big Brother house

December 21, 2007 by  
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Jimmy Carr is to lead a team of famous comedians in running the Big Brother house in the latest twist on the voyeuristic reality show.

Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, which kicks off on January 3rd, will see celebrities take over from the usual producers in running the show, while, rather than the usual dim-witted attention seekers, the housemates will be made up of Mensa members, talented artists and musicians and some of the country’s finest scientific minds.

Dermot O’Leary, who is to return as the presenter, revealed: “There are two main differences to the new show.

“Firstly the celebs will actually be Big Brother. And secondly, rather than auditions, we went out and deliberately cast some very gifted people to be in the house – so hopefully it’ll lead to a really fun experience.”

This latest twist comes as the producers shy away from the Celebrity Big Brother format after the show was rocked by allegations of racial abuse by last year’s famous housemates.

Racing critic and former housemate John McCirick will also be on the panel controlling this house, as will Matt Lucas and Joan Rivers.

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