Metta World Peace (‘Celebrity Big Big Brother’) exit interview: ‘I cannot live without my family another day’

Metta World Peace may have won a NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010, but he wasn’t strong enough to hack it in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house, pleading for his eviction on Monday, February 19. His housemates complied with the request, evicting him in a unanimous decision. But is “Celebrity Big Brother” really tougher than playing in the NBA? “It was harder. I was going crazy in that room. I cannot live without my family another day,” Metta confessed to host Julie Chen following his eviction.

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Metta has been begging to leave the house for nearly 20 days. He got his chance when Ross Mathews won the Power of Veto during Monday’s live episode and pulled himself off the block. The reigning HOH, Omarosa, then replaced Ross with Metta, allowing the house to evict him. But not everything was terrible for the sensitive athlete. “I have 10 new brothers and sisters,” he said with tears in his eyes.

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Despite leaving, Metta seemed convinced he could have won the game if he wanted to. “I started putting some pieces together to make [players in the house] go against each other. I had them on their heels in there.” When Chen asked him what he would have done had he won the Veto, he seemed confused. “I was going to be very mean. I would put up James and Ross because I’m a competitor. If I’m competing, I hate everyone.” But actually, the winner of the Veto doesn’t hold the power to make nominations.

Now that he has finally escaped the house, who does Metta hope to see win? “I want to see Ross take it,” he readily admitted. But his favorite player of the season will always be Shannon Elizabeth. “Don’t you all love Shannon? She is amazing. I love her.” Metta now joins Shannon, Chuck Liddell and Keshia Knight Pulliam on the jury. Five more houseguests will join them before they cast their vote for the winner of “Celebrity Big Brother” on Sunday, February 25.

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