Winner Jillian MacLaughlin and runner-up Gary Levy arrived separately from the other competitors, who pulled up to The Morning Show studio in downtown Toronto in a chartered bus.
Topaz Brady insisted she did not intentionally create drama by casting a ballot for MacLaughlin instead of Levy.
“This is not the kind of attention that I want,” said Brady. “I feel like I’m going to get so much negative feedback.”
Brady said she thought it was a joke when her vote was announced. “I was pro-Gary from day one of the show,” she said. “Obviously I wanted Gary [to win].”
Having being sequestered for the run of the reality show, houseguests AJ Burman, Andrew Monaghan and Peter Brown were quizzed on some of the news events and pop culture moments they missed.
Taken aback that Gwyneth Paltrow was named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine, Burman asked, “What’s the world coming to?”
All three players knew that the Toronto Maple Leafs made it into the playoffs, but only Monaghan knew Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the federal Liberal party.
In another game on The Morning Show, three couples who had “show-mances” were quizzed about how well they know each other. Host Liza Fromer declared it a three-way tie, “unless Topaz, of course, you’d like to change your vote.”
MacLaughlin and all the houseguests reunited to join Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox on the national edition of The Morning Show.
MacLaughlin said she had no idea she’d emerge the winner.
“When it was down to me and Gary I had no idea how it was going to work out,” said MacLaughlin. “I knew it was going to be close. I knew I had some votes but I knew I had a lot of people who may have held a grudge against me for some moves I made in the game.”
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