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Big Brother VIP: Producers ‘freaking out’ after ‘losing their two biggest stars’


Big Brother VIP EXCLUSIVE: Producers are ‘freaking out’ after ‘losing their two biggest stars’ – as Caitlyn Jenner confirms she’s already back in the U.S.


Channel Seven’s Big Brother VIP has reportedly been thrown into crisis after the show’s two biggest international stars left in the first week.

Reality star-turned-politician Caitlyn Jenner and former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman have both left the Sydney compound – leaving behind only local celebrities and the estranged half-brother of Meghan Markle, Thomas Markle Jr.

With filming only halfway completed, producers are said to be panicking there won’t be enough star power to sustain the new series when it airs later this year.  

Departures: Channel Seven’s Big Brother VIP has reportedly been thrown into crisis after the show’s two biggest international stars left in the first week. Pictured: Caitlyn Jenner, who spent one week in the house before departing for California, with host Sonia Kruger

‘Endemol Shine Australia [the production company behind Big Brother] is freaking out. They’ve lost their two biggest tickets,’ an insider told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘Caitlyn is already back in the U.S. and Omarosa was sent home not long after.’

The producers are said to be ‘doing everything they can’ to keep Markle Jr in the house for as long as possible ‘so there is still some overseas interest’.

According to the source, both Jenner, 71, and Omarosa, 47, only committed for a few episodes so they could return to the U.S for other work commitments.

Drawcards: Reality star-turned-politician Caitlyn Jenner and former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (pictured) have both left the Sydney compound - leaving behind only local celebrities and the estranged half-brother of Meghan Markle, Thomas Markle Jr

Drawcards: Reality star-turned-politician Caitlyn Jenner and former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (pictured) have both left the Sydney compound – leaving behind only local celebrities and the estranged half-brother of Meghan Markle, Thomas Markle Jr 

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star announced on Saturday she was ‘glad to be back’ in California, where she is running for governor.

Jenner, who is campaigning to replace Governor Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election, tweeted: ‘Great time abroad for fun and glad to be back in #California on the campaign trail!’

The former Olympian, who is rumoured to have been paid $500,000 to appear on Big Brother VIP, then shared a picture of her dog Bertha and captioned it: ‘So happy to be back in California!’

'Good time':  Jenner, 71, announced on Saturday she was 'glad to be back' in California, where she is running for governor. She also tweeted this Big Brother VIP cast photo

‘Good time’:  Jenner, 71, announced on Saturday she was ‘glad to be back’ in California, where she is running for governor. She also tweeted this Big Brother VIP cast photo

On the trail: It was back to business for Jenner as soon as she landed in California, as she was soon whisked to San Diego for a photo op with a small business owner (pictured)

On the trail: It was back to business for Jenner as soon as she landed in California, as she was soon whisked to San Diego for a photo op with a small business owner (pictured)

Filming for the new season began in Sydney on July 30, after Jenner had completed her mandatory two weeks of hotel quarantine. 

Her swift return to America all but confirms she will be one of the first contestants to leave Big Brother VIP when it airs on Seven later this year.

Big Brother VIP is set to air in the coming months, with other housemates including Thomas Markle Jr, Married at First Sight’s Jessika Power and AFL star Dayne Beams.

The cast also features Kyle Sandilands’ ex-girlfriend Imogen Anthony, NRL player Matt Cooper, actor Bernard Curry and model Ellie Gonsalves.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel Seven for comment.

Meet your celebrities! The cast (pictured) also features Kyle Sandilands' ex-girlfriend Imogen Anthony, NRL player Matt Cooper, actor Bernard Curry and model Ellie Gonsalves

Meet your celebrities! The cast (pictured) also features Kyle Sandilands’ ex-girlfriend Imogen Anthony, NRL player Matt Cooper, actor Bernard Curry and model Ellie Gonsalves

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