'Celebrity Big Brother' fans fuming as live feed gets cut off

Celebrity Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves.
'Celebrity Big Brother' host Julie Chen Moonves. (Image credit: ViacomCBS)

Celebrity Big Brother US returned to CBS last night for season 3, but fans aren't happy after being told they will have to wait two days for the live feed to return after it was unexpectedly switched off. 

The new season of Celebrity Big Brother saw the Big Brother house opening its doors to a new batch of famous faces for the first time since 2019, giving fans the chance to watch a group of celebrities living together with cameras recording them 24 hours a day and competing to send each other home.

The first installment of the show saw model and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey arrive in the house, along with Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges, musician Todrick Hall, former SNL cast member Chris Kattan, original NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick, Carson Nation host Carson Kressley, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu, former UFC champion Miesha Tate and NBA champion Lamar Odom.

It didn't take long for the action to kick off in the house when a Head Of Household competition was announced and everyone seemed keen to be the first person to send another houseguest home. 

Celebrity Big Brother

The new celebrities get to know each other.  (Image credit: CBS)

In the end, UFC fighter Miesha Tate got the privilege of the season’s first HOH, and many fans switches over to the live feeds to find out which fellow celebrity she would be choosing to send home already.

However, instead of getting their next fix of reality TV, fans were bitterly disappointed to find an error message in place of the live feed, telling fans that they were going to have to wait until Friday to watch the housemates live...

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But fans weren't happy with the two-day delay and took to Twitter to share their frustrations... 

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Big Brother fans are used to live feeds dropping out at a moment's notice, but the holding card that they were met with last night was definitely unusual. By the time the feed is reinstalled for the new season, potentially on Friday, there will have been plenty of drama missed... and some fans have even demanded a refund on their subscription. 

When it comes to what caused the live feed to switch off, it is yet to be confirmed by Paramount Plus, however one theory is it could be down to a technical issue. 

The technical trouble does seem slightly unlikely though, given then that seems the delay isn't temporary but in fact a two-day problem. If it was a short-term interruption, it's more likely the holding card would have let fans know that the channel was experiencing technical issues and would be back on air ASAP.

In the past, Big Brother fans have seen live feeds cut when there is some sort of drama happening in the house. It could be that something big has happened behind the closed doors, or someone may have been taken ill, or perhaps even someone has asked to leave the competition. However, again this seems unlikely to warrant a 48-hour delay.

We will have to wait until Friday before we can tune into the live feed and hopefully find out more. 

Celebrity Big Brother has a new episode on CBS on Thursday, Feb 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.