Pandemic shuts down Big Brother — and Kamloops contestant's time on TV

John Luke Kieper, who works as a reporter for a local media website, and his fellow houseguests are all headed home mid-season

A Kamloops resident has had his reality TV experience cut short as the eighth season of Big Brother Canada has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of developments to combat the spread of the virus in Ontario where the show is filmed, the decision was made to halt production, Global and Insight Productions announced Tuesday.

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The move means Kamloops contestant John Luke Kieper, who works as a reporter for a local media website, and his fellow houseguests are all headed home mid-season.

“Even though it hurts to say goodbye to the season, it’s the right thing to do,” said Big Brother Canada Host Arisa Cox. “On behalf of the incredible people who put this show together, thank you to everyone who started this journey with us. Please take care and be safe!”

There are currently no plans to resume production of the show at a later date and the final two episodes will air on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. and Sunday April 1 at 7 p.m.

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