Celebrity Big Brother Review 2018 TV-Show Series Season Cast Crew
Stars: Ariadna Gutiérrez-Arévalo, Omarosa Manigault, Ross Mathews
Review: It was a bit of a bru-ha-ha in a TV tea cup on the opening night of Celebrity Big Brother, with lots of z-listers clanking down the tunnel into the Channel 5 portacabin of doom – but no sighting of rumoured contestant Stormy Daniels.Reports that Channel 5 had smashed the piggy bank to woo the adult entertainment star, currently locked in a high-profile legal dispute with US President Donald Trump, were revealed to be the reality television equivalent of fake news.
After the broadcast, movie gossip site Deadline Hollywood claimed Daniels had flown to the UK but had declined to enter the house after talks over her fee broke down.However, there was speculation on social media that she will make her appearance later in the competition, receiving a reduced payment of $250,000 rather than the $1 million her representatives are said to have initially requested.
It was also a case of “Nil Brother” for Samantha Markle, half-sister of the Duchess of Sussex.
Again, the internet had lit up earlier in the week with murmurings that she would be in the house and, again, she obviously had better things to do than spend a month rowing with TOWIE cast-offs over whose turn it was to make the tea.Instead, the line-up was as screamingly ho-hum as ever. Cheers actress Kirstie Alley was the best known entrant by a very considerable distance.
Joining her were – deep but weary breath – rogue trader Nick Leeson, “Bad Girls Club” reality star Natalie Nunn, psychic to the stars Sally Morgan, former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett, Married at First Sight (and now very single) contestant Ben Jardine, comedian and presenter (and recreational kilt-wearer) Hardeep Singh Kohli, Love Island graduate / escapee Gabby Allen, The Only Way Is Essex’s Dan Osborne, “Human Ken Doll” Rodrigo Alves, model and kidnap victim (yes, I’ve just written that down) Chloe Ayling, footballer Jermaine Pennant and (nearly there) ex-Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas.
Still, it was the absence of Daniels that stood out. Celebrity Big Brother didn’t help itself by burdening this series with the theme “Eye of the Storm” or by naming Alley “President” of the house.It was almost as if Channel 5 had someone else lined-up for the job and was forced to reconfigure at the last minute. Here are the other talking points.
CBB has historically stretched the definition of “celebrity” to snapping point. But the first guest unveiled tonight was, if no longer quite a-list, then still a few rungs above “internet famous”. It was Cheers star Kirstie Alley (sorry you knew that already).Presumably because she didn’t know /care what she’d signed up for, Alley was ferociously chipper in her natterings with presenter Emma Willis. The “media storm” she had gone through, though? A hoo-hah about her putting on weight after Cheers.
Which, if obviously gruelling for her, pales against… becoming involved in a public legal battle with a sitting American President (to pick a random example). “I enjoy staying in my pyjamas all day,” said Alley springing up the steps to the house. Many the veteran CBB watcher will have empathised.