It’ll soon be Christmastime at the “Big Brother” house.
CBS announced the new cast for its long-running reality series Monday, and it includes Raleigh-based fitness guru Christmas Abbott – author of “The Badass Life” and “The Badass Body Diet.”
The show starts with 16 contestants confined to a house and monitored by cameras 24 hours a day. During their stay, they engage in various competitions and machinations to form alliances and avoid getting voted out.
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The ultimate winner gets $500,000.
Abbott, 35, who owns a CrossFit gym in Raleigh, has competed in the CrossFit Games and national weight-lifting competitions, and is the only woman to ever work on a NASCAR pit crew.
Abbott is the only cast member who can be considered a celebrity, with most other players this season holding jobs such as sales rep, marketing rep, microbiologist and the like – but there is a radio personality from Dallas (Elena Davies) and a rodeo clown from Iowa (Jason Dent).
“Big Brother,” hosted by Julie Chen, starts with a two-night premiere event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, and continues on Thursday, June 29.