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Diary Room
Big Brother Gameplay
Description A room of the Big Brother house where contestants give their own opinions on the game.
Appearance(s) Every Season

The Diary Room (abbreviated DR) is a part of the Big Brother House. The Diary Room is the only place in the house where in the housemates can have a conversation with Big Brother privately.

They can either voice out their opinions on the happenings inside the house or receive information about their tasks may it be a secret task, special task or a weekly task as well as receiving other information that may play a part on any twist. It is also the place where in they nominate fellow housemates on who to evict.

Most of the conversations inside the Diary Room must never be shared to anyone unless told by Big Brother to do so.

American Series

The Diary Room is where houseguests go to talk to the camera and explain their strategy to the audience. The houseguests answer questions from the producers in order to help narrate the story and explain to the viewers what is going on in the house. The houseguests also go to the Diary Room when voting for eviction during the Live Show. The Diary Room is a key feature of the Big Brother House and is featured regularly in every episode. The appearance of the Diary Room occasionally changes whilst the rest of the house décor is being changed.

Uses of the Diary Room



In most Big Brother with original format, the Diary Room serves as the place where in the housemates had to cast their vote on who they want to nominate and the reason why they had to nominate that person.

Conversation with Big Brother

This is also the only place where they can talk with Big Brother privately. Throughout the day, they may be called to voice out their opinions but they can enter the Diary Room whenever they want to if they feel the urge to voice out their opinions among fellow housemates to Big Brother.

Receiving Various Information

The housemates may be called by Big Brother to go to the Diary Room to receive information that may play a part on the game play such as twists, secret tasks, special tasks, weekly tasks, violations, rewards or information and urgent news about the housemates' loved ones. Even ejecting housemates were told inside the diary room.

American and Canadian Series

Answering Questions

Houseguests are called to the Diary Room at different times throughout the day. Once they enter the Diary Room, they may be asked certain questions to help narrate competitions or key events throughout parts of the episode. A reason for this is to explain to viewers what is going on at that given moment to make sure they are following the show correctly.


On eviction nights, houseguests are called to the Diary Room to "cast their vote to evict". At this time, Julie Chen or Arisa Cox, depending on the country, communicates to the houseguests via the Diary Room.

Good-bye Messages

At the end of eviction interviews, the evicted houseguest is played messages from his or her fellow houseguests in order to say good-bye to them. These messages are recorded in the Diary Room on the day of the eviction.

Receiving Information

Information may be sent to houseguests via the Diary Room as it is an easy way for producers to communicate with the houseguests privately. This information includes a variety of things; such as secret missions (America's Player or The Saboteur) or private information for houseguests about their loved-ones (Dick Donato, Frankie Grande, Derrick Levasseur).

Removing Houseguests

The Diary Room is also used as a means of removing houseguests from the House, either temporarily or permanently. If a houseguest has committed a severe violation of the rules of Big Brother such as physical violence (Willie Hantz) or destruction of production equipment (Chima Simone) or otherwise committed multiple rule violations, he or she may be expelled from the house. Houseguests may also voluntarily decide to leave the game. Houseguests may also be removed from the house on a temporary basis, such as for a trip outside the house (Jun Song, Alison Irwin, Janelle Pierzina, Daniele Donato, Liz Nolan, Vanessa Rousso) or to receive medical attention (Amanda Hansen, Allison Nichols, Victoria Rafaeli). In all such cases, houseguests are removed through the Diary Room: there is a door inside the Diary Room that leads outside the house.


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United Kingdom



  • In Big Brother 1, the Diary Room was called the "Red Room".
  • Karen Fowler was the first person in Big Brother history to use the Diary Room.
  • In Pinoy Big Brother and in most hispanic countries with Big Brother, the Diary Room is called the "Confession Room".

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