‘Big Brother’ will return for a 22nd season, and yes, so will Julie Chen Moonves

Big Brother 21” will have a double eviction on Thursday’s episode, but first… some great news: The show has been renewed for a 22nd season, CBS announced Thursday.

Season 22 will, of course, air in summer 2020, and Julie Chen Moonves will return as host once again.

The news is hardly a surprise — “Big Brother” is one of the top-rated shows every summer — but it ought to be some relief for fans after the status Season 21 and Chen Moonves’ involvement was murky for a while last year.

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Last September, after her husband Les Moonves stepped down as chairman and CEO of CBS Corp. in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, Chen Moonves left “The Talk,” with her future on the “Big Brother” franchise up in the air. In November, she was confirmed to remain on as host with the announcement of the second season of “Celebrity Big Brother.”

Chen Moonves, who has hosted “Big Brother” and all of its spin-offs since its first season in 2000, memorably used “Big Brother” last September to vocalize her support for her husband, going by “Julie Chen Moonves,” which she had never used professionally since marrying Moonves in 2004, in the last couple of live episodes.

There is no word on a third season of “Celebrity Big Brother” yet.

“Big Brother 21” airs Sundays and Wednesdays at 8/7c and Thursdays at 9/8c. The 90-minute finale will be on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9:30/8:30c.

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