Big Brother's Travis Long was promised safety by Head of Household Brandon "Frenchie" French within his first hour of being in the house. Unfortunately, Long learned firsthand how valuable that promise was. He's officially the first exit of Season 23, and as one would think, he has some things to say about Frenchie and his HOH reign.
I was fortunate enough to speak to Travis Long the morning after his eviction and got a chance to hear about his love for Big Brother, his thoughts on the house, and his original plan for the eviction ceremony that would've channeled Big Brother Season 20 favorite Brett Robinson. More on that later, because we kicked things off with his thoughts on Frenchie's chaotic HOH and how he thought that week would haunt Frenchie's game:
Travis Long was still without his phone and access to the outside world when he spoke, so his thoughts were mainly tied to the things he knew while inside the house. Long was not exactly someone with a ton of tight connections in the Big Brother house, so if he noticed Frenchie's habit of promising the world and breaking those promises, it might not bode well for Frenchie's future.
Host Julie Chen Moonves briefly mentioned Travis Long's plans to "blow up" Brandon French's game in her interview with Long after his eviction, which live feed audiences hadn't had a chance to see due to feeds being cut. Long revealed what went down ahead of the moment's potential reveal on television and said that he had plans for a grand eviction speech, but at the last minute decided to confide in those he wanted to protect in the game.
Travis Long was not the first to notice Frenchie's lofty promises that were broken, and it's possible his exit conversations with Houseguests may have helped put a target on Frenchie in the coming weeks. Ultimately, Long thought it best to protect the people he ultimately hopes win the game (Kyland Young, Brent Champagne, Derek Xiao) by telling them privately to keep an eye on Frenchie.
The unfortunate side of that was Big Brother fans missed Travis Long channeling one of his favorite former Houseguests, Brett Robinson. I asked Travis if his original eviction speech would bring the same energy as Brett's iconic fight with Rockstar, and he shared a bit of what the game plan was before he changed his mind.
Travis Long's restraint may have helped Kyland Young, who captured the Week 2 Head of Household shortly after Long left. Young (who Long believed was playing the strongest game so far) has yet to reveal whether he intends to get Frenchie back for his nomination or how aware he was of how much Travis was lied to.
Big Brother fans have questioned whether Travis Long had actually tried to play the game or even if he had a strategy for Season 23. Long confirmed he did have a plan going into the house but quickly had to switch things up once he realized his initial strategy wasn't a good look.
What Travis Long may not have known was that his eviction was mostly the last possible option for Brandon French when things fell through. Long's eviction only happened after Frenchie's four previous targets to nominate either swayed him or found safety, and Long was the only person left.
It's a rough and unfair way to leave, but that's Big Brother sometimes. Travis Long told me he's grateful for the experience all the same, and should a casting producer ring him up about a second chance in the future, he'd be willing to join with some key changes in his game.
Obviously, we can only wait and see if Big Brother ever extends another invitation to Travis Long. For now, he's out of the game and forced to cheer from the sidelines to see who wins that $750,000 grand prize.
Big Brother airs on CBS (opens in new tab) Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m ET. Stick with CinemaBlend this season for more exclusive interviews with Houseguests, and for some analysis about how the game will unfold.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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