The Celebrity Big Brother cast list is official. Ex-White House politico Anthony Scaramucci, Dina Lohan, Tamar Braxton and Ricky Williams made the cut. So did a Real Housewives of Atlanta star, comedians and 90s movie stars, athletes, and one infamous for his association with the OJ Simpson trial.
CBB US begins Monday, January 21. The announcement came during the NFL Conference Finals between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers. Because they are in sequester now, CBS let loose the names. Taping started although we won’t see what happens for another eight days!
Celebrity Big Brother US Season 2 Cast Revealed
In a quick clip aired during the football game, CBS released the twelve celebrities that will be playing CBB US 2. Some of the names come from earlier Soap Dirt articles. But others have come completely out of the blue. Without further ado, the official cast for Celebrity Big Brother season 2 includes:
- Jonathan Bennett
- Tamar Braxton
- Kandi Burruss
- Tom Green
- Lolo Jones
- Kato Kaelin
- Joey Lawrence
- Ryan Lochte
- Dina Lohan
- Natalie Eva Marie
- Anthony Scaramucci
- Ricky Williams
— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) January 13, 2019
Meet the Athletes: Ricky Willams – Lolo Jones – Ryan Lochte – Natalie Eva Marie
Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy recipient Ricky Williams is one of the four athletes we will see entering the CBB US house. Ricky Williams played for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints.
Olympic track and bobsled star Lolo Jones is no stranger to icy situations. Sometimes moves in the Celebrity Big Brother house can be cold. Its good to be comfortable in that kind of environment. Will the gold medalist come out on the top of the podium?
Ryan Lochte also hails from the Olympic world. The competitive swimmer is a twelve-time medalist. While Ryan Lochte swam won Olympics gold but is known more for his lie about being robbed at gunpoint at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
— Ryan Lochte (@RyanLochte) December 25, 2018
WWE retired wrestler and actress Natalie Eva Marie was confirmed earlier this week. Fans spotted her shooting the promo for the show. In the past, she starred in six seasons of the reality show Total Divas.
The Actors: Jonathan Bennett – Joey Lawrence – Tom-Green
Jonathan Bennett, another celeb that was heavily hinted at, is now confirmed to be on the roster. The Mean Girls actor is super pumped to be moving into the Celebrity Big Brother house and competing for the $250K grand prize.
Comedian (and Canadian) Tom Green is known for stand-up comedy and hosting his offbeat talk show. He’s also been in some pretty funny (if dodgy) movies like the surreal Freddy Got Fingered. He was also notoriously hitched to Drew Barrymore and is sure to make jokes about having just one testicle after surviving cancer.
Joey Lawrence was another celebrity that was confirmed before the release by Perez Hilton. Joey is known for Melissa and Joey, and Oliver and Company. He also came in third place on Dancing with the Stars.
Singers/Reality Show Stars: Tamar Braxton – Kandi Burruss
Tamar Braxton is extending her resume to include Celebrity Big Brother. The singer and television personality has done everything from hosting to reality TV. So, she knows how to bring the drama and how to take it.
Originally, Kandi Burruss was part of an R&B girl group called Xscape from Atlanta. After the band broke up, she got into songwriting and doing her own music. Now, she stars on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The Wildcards: Anthony Scaramucci – Dina Lohan – Kato Kaelin
Politician Anthony Scaramucci served briefly the White House Director of Communications but was rapidly dismissed from the role. Known as “The Mooch”, Anthony Scaramucci then publicly made obscene comments about some of the current administration members. Certainly, he may be the Omarosa of CBB US 2.
Dina Lohan, mostly known as the mother of Lindsay Lohan, is a ‘momager’ for her four children. Her family had their own reality show called Living Lohan. Dina starred in a documentary series about her daughter called Lindsay. Her recent issues with debt likely urged her to take one of the spots on the show.
Last, OJ Simpson’s former roommate was a witness and controversial figure during the epic 90s Nicole Brown Simpson murder trial. Kato Kaelin exploded into the spotlight after his testimony. Then he went on to star in BASEketball, Bad Blood and Pauly Shore Is Dead. He has also done plenty of reality competition shows, so he knows how these things work.
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