Big Brother Gameplay
Description The weekly process of a Houseguest leaving the Big Brother House.
Appearance(s) Every Season

Eviction is the weekly process of a houseguest leaving the Big Brother House.



Julie communicating with Rachel, who casts her vote to evict in secret in the Diary Room

During the Live Eviction episode, the two nominees are given a chance to make their final pleas. After each nominee has spoken, the remaining houseguests head one at a time to the Diary Room to cast their vote to evict. The voting houseguests communicate to Julie Chen (or Arisa Cox) without the others hearing their vote. The Head of Household and the two nominees (or three nominees as with the MVP twist in Big Brother 15 and the Roadkill twist in Big Brother 18) are ineligible to vote. However, in the case of a tie, the Head of Household casts the determining vote to evict. After the votes are in, Julie (or Arisa) reports the results of the vote to the houseguests, telling them the number of votes cast in favor of each nominee. At that moment, the evicted houseguest has one minute to collect his or her bags, say good-byes, and walk out the front door, where they have an interview with the host before returning either to the real world or the Jury House. Evicted houseguests normally get to view a good-bye tape with messages from their fellow houseguests.


Following a houseguest's eviction, his or her photograph on the Memory Wall turns black and white. Normally, evicted houseguests are permanently out of the game, but on rare occasions they may return by a vote (by America/Canada or by their fellow housemates) or a competition. This has occurred in 11 seasons: 

Other instances of short-term returns include Jessie Godderz returning in a gorilla costume in Big Brother 10, Casey Turner returning to host a Power of Veto competition in Big Brother 11 (although he had no direct contact with the houseguests, communicating the rules of the game through the PA system), and Rachel Reilly returning for 24 hours as a result of Pandora's Box in Big Brother 12. During Week 12 of Big Brother 16, the jury members - Jocasta, Hayden, Zach, Donny, Nicole, and Christine returned to the house to compete in a luxury competition with the remaining houseguests. Hayden and Victoria Rafaeli won. 

Other processes

In Big Brother 1 the eviction process was different. Instead, a "banishment" happened every two weeks, with all of the houseguests voting on who the nominees would be. America would then decide who would be evicted.

This process is actually the most used internationally, where housemates nominate between themselves and the ones with the most votes are nominated for a public vote that will determine who will be evicted. This public vote has different methods, usually the public votes to evict (with the housemate with the most votes being evicted) or votes to save (with the housemate with the fewest votes being evicted).


  • Only two players have appeared in multiple seasons of Big Brother and have never been evicted. Dick Donato won Big Brother 8 and walked during Week 1 of Big Brother 13 while Dan Gheesling won Big Brother 10 and made the Final 2 again in Big Brother 14.
  • Victor Arroyo holds the record for the most times to be evicted in a single season with 3.
    • Kaysar Ridha, Brendon Villegas, Janelle Pierzina; and Sindy Nguyen have all been evicted 3 times across multiple seasons.
  • Nicole Franzel is the only winner to have been a two-time evicted houseguest in another season.
Ways of Leaving

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