Longtime Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves has disputed claims that the Cookout alliance is racist. The Cookout alliance is made up of six players who are all people of color. They include Hannah Chaddha, Tiffany Mitchell, Azah Awasum, Derek Frazier, Xavier Prather, and Kyland Young. The group of six has been dominating the game all summer long.
Early in the game, Tiffany devised a master plan for the Cookout alliance in order to ensure all of the alliance members would make it to the final six together. Her plan consisted of all six alliance members finding an ally in a houseguest outside of the group. Then, these six individual pairs would be seen as duos. Each alliance member agreed to be nominated alongside their duo partner. However, they would always have the numbers to stay safe. So far, this plan has been successful for the group.
With the alliance being just two evictions away from succeeding in their final six plan, Julie Chen is weighing in on their success. In an interview with EW, Julie disputed claims that the alliance is racist. The conversation arose after Julie was asked about her opinions on how the conversations surrounding the alliance will “play out.” Julie is not shocked by the Cookout’s success. However, she is by the online discussions about it. Despite many claiming the group of six is racist, Julie believes it is not. She explained, “It’s hard for some people who are not of color to understand the importance of the Cookout making it this far.”
As for seeing the alliance make it this far together from a fan’s viewpoint, Julie believes it is “impressive.” It is quite rare for an alliance, let alone one on the larger side, to successfully make it to the end of the game all together. Typically, the alliance will break up early on either due to a member being evicted by other houseguests or drama within the group. The debate of whether or not the Cookout should be considered racist has been a hot topic all season long amongst both fans and some alum of the show as well. Prior to Julie speaking out, Big Brother alum Cody Nickson defended the Cookout, ultimately leaving fans shocked.
Although the alliance of six only has to survive two more evictions to successfully make it to the end of the game together, there is still time for things to go wrong. Last week, Julie announced that the next two live shows will each consist of a double eviction. If one of the six members does not win power during this week’s double eviction, a Cookout member will be sent to the jury house. The success of all of the Cookout members making it to the end together will solely depend on who wins the Head of Household competition on Thursday night.
Big Brother 23 airs Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.