Arisa Cox Speaks Out On The End Of Big Brother Canada Season 8: “It’s The Right Thing To Do”
Arisa Cox has broken her silence on the end of Big Brother Canada season 8, taking to Instagram following the news that production had immediately been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s a wrap on Season 8,” she posted on March 25. “Sending love out to every houseguest who was living out a dream, to every one of the talented people who work so so hard on Big Brother Canada and just lost their job, to every fan in our BBFam, to everyone saddened by the loss of our show, while dealing with the uncertainty of the much wider and more important issues these times have exposed… I APPRECIATE YOU and can only hope to meet here again soon. Love!”
“Big Brother Canada is a labour of love for so many, and while it hurts to say goodbye to the season… it’s the right thing to do,” she shared in another post. “To close us out, there are 2 last episodes, TONIGHT (7pm et/pt) and a Goodbye #BBCAN8 episode coming next Wednesday night. Enjoy the shows.”
Production Suspended Immediately
As previously reported, production on Big Brother Canada season 8 was suspended due to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement earlier this week, Arisa confirmed that Insight Productions and Global had decided to cancel the show.
“Big Brother Canada is a labour of love for so many, and even though it hurts to say goodbye to the season, it’s the right thing to do,” she said, according to Global News. “On behalf of the incredible people who put this show together, thank you to everyone who started this journey with us. Please take care and be safe!”
The news came after the production company had released the measures they were taking to ensure both the production crew and the contestants themselves.
Big Brother Canada season 8 is sure to go down as one of the most complicated seasons to date. (Photo: Global)
At the time, production had stated that they had placed hand sanitizer stations at every entrance, was regularly testing their crew for symptoms, and had spoken to the Houseguests about the outbreak, confirming that all of the contestants chose to stay inside of the house and to continue playing the game, despite the outside concerns.
Reportedly, they had also upped the cleaning measures and revealed that a professional cleaning company had been taking care of the house regularly. But with hundreds of people working on the show, it was later decided that the measures just wouldn’t be enough.
The season was quite the dramatic one even before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.
As previously reported, Houseguest Jamar Lee was removed from the house after a confrontation during a “tense” house meeting.
His removal sparked outrage from some viewers, with the hashtag #IStandWithJamar trending almost immediately after the news broke.
Despite the concerns, Lee himself released a statement alongside the show, thanking them for the opportunity.
“I take full responsibility for my actions – I lost my cool and that’s not OK. I’ve always stood behind what I believe in and I’m sorry if I let people down,” he said. “I want to thank everyone for their love and support, it really means a lot… this isn’t the last of me! You feel me?”
Host Arisa Cox has had to make a few public statements on behalf of the show during what turned out to be a very complicated season. (Photo: Global)
On a March 18 episode of the show, viewers were shown the confrontation between Kyle Rozendal and Lee that resulted in some of the other Houseguests feeling threatened.
Despite the network’s decision, some fans of Lee are rallying behind him and have created a GoFundMe with a goal of $10,000. At last count by Global News, the fundraiser had generated over $4,000.
He later took to Twitter to share that he has “no bitterness” following his removal from the house.
“S/O to @BigBrotherCA for having me on the show!” he posted. “Sucks I had to be removed off this season but nonetheless had a great time and a surreal experience! No bitterness over here!!”
Houseguests will be able to use their social media as of April 1 and there will be no official winner for season 8, the network confirmed. The show also has no plans to resume production on the current season and will wrap with two final episodes airing Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.