“Big Brother” star Donny Thompson is out of the house -- and he's feeling a bit abandoned. The 42-year-old groundskeeper is the latest houseguest to be evicted on the CBS reality show, and now he's speaking out about his emotional exit. In an interview on Friday with Entertainment Weekly, Thompson said that while he knows he was an easy target for eviction (that’s what happens when you actually win competitions), he’s disappointed that two houseguests in particular didn’t stand behind him.
Thompson said that he “100%” feels that fellow Team America members Derrick Levasseur and Frankie Grande abandoned him in the game. The three men were chosen to work together via a viewer vote and were offered the chance to earn $5000 for each extra mission they completed.
“To know that America voted for the three of us together, should have told us we should work together,” Thompson said. “That was a little bit of outside information that America liked us and wanted us to work together. I understand making it to final three might have been impractical, but I think we should have gone further together as a team. I know they could have swayed the votes to save me. Basically Team America voted me out.”
Thompson also offered his opinion on Frankie Grande’s laughable mission idea, which had the houseguests putting on a “Big Brother” play. The mission was an epic fail and America voted not to award the trio the $5000. “I think America would have liked my mission to keep all three Team America members safe and we might have all gotten the $5,000,”Thompson said.
Of course, all is not lost. While he’s out of the “Big Brother” house, Thompson is still in the running for the $25,000 America’s Choice prize that’s awarded each year to the most popular player of the season. He’ll also have a cameo on an upcoming episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful.” And Thompson won’t be the first “Big Brother” alum to turn up on the CBS soap. Last year, “Big Brother” stars Howard Overby, Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas and Jeff Schroeder all made cameos on the daytime drama, according to TV Guide.
As for Thompson, show host Julie Chen told EW.com that the popular ex-houseguest has “by far the highest likeability rating we’ve ever had on this show.” Could a “Big Brother” all-stars stint be in his future?
The next episode of “Big Brother” airs Sunday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. on CBS.