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‘Big Brother 16’ spoilers: The Zingbot is back and he has a D-list sidekick

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 22: Host Kathy Griffin attends The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Get ready for some zingers! “Big Brother’s” resident insult giver, the Zingbot 3000, is back – and he has a comical accomplice. On Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly posted a preview clip of the CBS reality show’s next episode, and it shows the wisecracking robot retuning for his annual visit and zinging the houseguests with insulting insights.

This year, the Zingbot’s partner in crime is comedian Kathy Griffin. The " My Life on the D-List" star is known for her own brand of sharp-tongued humor, dished this zinger to popular contestant Donny Thompson: “Donny you come from a small town, where everything moves a bit slower. Especially your brain.”

Ziiiiiiing!

Zingbot 3000 has been a “Big Brother” staple since he first turned up in a Power of Veto competition back in Season 12. A subsequent appearance by the robotic character with the high-pitched voice had the houseguests building a "Bride of Zingbot,” and he made another cameo on Season 15 of the show. A pop culture legend (at least to “Big Brother” fans), the Zingbot even turned up at Comic Con in 2011. There’s even a baby Zingbot.

During an appearance on the CBS daytime chatfest “The Talk,” the Zingbot even took aim at “Big Brother” host Julie Chen: "You can take the girl out of Queens, but apparently not the hair," he zinged.

But Chen, who happens to be married to CBS head honcho Les Moonves, fired back with: "I've got one for you, Zingbot -- good luck coming back next summer.”

In an interview with Watch Magazine, Chen, who’s fondly known as Chenbot among “Big Brother” superfans, even jokes that she gets a bit Zingbot-like when she’s chatting with her pals on “The Talk.” In fact, producers encourage it, so she brings out the jokester side of her personality for some of the show’s hilarious hot topics.

Don't get me wrong—Chenbot is coming back for ‘Big Brother,’” she said of her more dramatic alter ego. “She's been on the shelf, but I'm dusting her off, because I'm just the facilitator there. The real stars are the house guests, so I'll still do the show with as little personality as possible and, then, in my robotic way, go, ‘But first ...’"

The next episode of “Big Brother” airs on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. on CBS.