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On Jan. 19, 2022, a rumor that Hope Hicks, a political adviser for former U.S. President Donald Trump, had been cast on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Big Brother” was widely circulated on social media.
The rumor that Hicks was appearing on “Celebrity Big Brother” did not originate with CBS, the network that airs the reality show program. Rather, the claim was started by a gossip Twitter account:
That account, @InsiderCBB, posted another tweet claiming to show the entire cast of “Celebrity Big Brother.” This list included Alexa Penavega, Curtis Stone, Erin Brady, Hope Hicks, Jillian Michaels, Jerry Trainor, Lamar Odom, NeNe Leakes, Ne-Yo, Todrick Hall, Tiffany Pollard, Sha’carri Richardson, Shangela, and Tyler Cameron.
When this article was first published in mid-January 2022, CBS had not made any announcements regarding the cast of “Celebrity Big Brother.” That changed a few days later, however, when Carson Kressley, Chris Kattan, Chris Kirkpatrick, Cynthia Bailey, Lamar Odom, Miesha Tate, Mirai Nagasu, Shanna Moakler, Teddi Mellencamp, Todd Bridges, and Todrick Hall were officially announced as the latest cast members. Hope Hicks was not included in the official cast list.
— Julie Chen Moonves (@JCMoonves) January 27, 2022
Here’s a video announcement of the new “Celebrity Big Brother Cast.”