Just hours after the Big Brother 24 cast reveal, it was announced that Joseph Abdin will replace Marvin Achi as a houseguest for the season. Marvin is a 28-year-old chemical processing engineer who was born in Rivers State, Nigeria, and currently lives in Houston, Texas. His replacement Joseph is a 24-year-old lawyer from Lake Worth, Florida. Fans were surprised to hear that changes would be made to the cast, since the show revealed its stars much later than usual this year. Although the last minute cast change was shocking, it is not unprecedented, especially in the COVID-19 era of Big Brother.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
In 2020, Big Brother winners Josh Martinez and Kaycee Clark were both supposed to compete on Big Brother 22, the second "all-stars" season, but their positive COVID-19 test results forced production to remove them from the cast just days before the live move-in. They were replaced by Memphis Garrett and Keesha Smith. Additionally, three days before the Big Brother 23 premiere, previously announced cast member Christie Valdiserri tested positive for COVID-19, even though she was vaccinated and followed all of the guidelines. She was replaced by Claire Rehfuss.
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In a tweet, Big Brother announced the cast change without an explanation, simply stating: "Important casting update! Marvin will no longer be one of our Houseguests on this season of Big Brother. We’re excited to welcome Joseph, a 24-year-old lawyer from Lake Worth, FL. to the #BB24 cast!" Big Brother fans are now speculating that a positive COVID-19 test could be the reason why Marvin was removed from the Big Brother 24 cast. However, because the tweet did not explicitly state this, fans are coming up with other theories as well. Marvin is a contestant on America's Got Talent season 17, which is currently airing on NBC. Marvin auditioned with a unique talent: making his abs clap, something that he insists no one else in the world can do. He received "yes" votes from judges Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell, and, although Howie Mandel said no, Marvin advanced to the next round. Although it is unclear if he will perform in the live shows, if he does, he will be under contract with NBC for several months, making it impossible for him to appear on Big Brother on CBS.
🚨 Important casting update! Marvin will no longer be one of our Houseguests on this season of Big Brother. We’re excited to welcome Joseph, a 24-year-old lawyer from Lake Worth, FL. to the #BB24 cast! pic.twitter.com/F0CLIDB9uw— Big Brother (@CBSBigBrother) July 6, 2022
Another group of fans wondered if Marvin was replaced on Big Brother 24 due to politics. On social media, he follows Candace Owens, the controversial Black conservative influencer, political commentator, and activist. However, many fans think that this is no reason for someone to be removed from the Big Brother cast, and, although they might not agree with his choices in terms of who he follows on social media, he has the right to follow whomever he wants. Many people discounted this theory because Big Brother encourages respectful discourse from all types of people, in order to foster a better understanding of the world. The show's producers most likely would not remove houseguests just because of their politics.
Although Big Brother did not disclose why Joseph was replaced by Marvin, the America's Got Talent issue may be the most plausible reason. It would have been impossible for Marvin to compete on both shows, since he would have been isolated in the Big Brother house for at least a week, and possibly for much longer, depending on how far he made it in the game. Even if he could have done both shows, they are on rival networks, so that also would be a reason for him to have to choose one. Marvin's removal is another example of how, with Big Brother, everyone should always "expect the unexpected."