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You would think that any player on any reality competition show would be smart enough to want to get a legend like Cirie Fields out of the game — knowing how dangerous she can be. The reality TV icon made deep runs on three of her four Survivor seasons and followed that up by winning the very first season of The Traitors.
But yet even with that massive target on her back, Cirie made it all the way to day 93 of Big Brother. Cirie was the special surprise 17th houseguest for season 25 and had a secret connection with her son Jared Fields, that only one person, Izzy Gleicher, figured out. Those three formed a strong alliance that appeared to be running the game until America Lopez and Cory Wurternberger flipped the script.
Still, Cirie managed to stay alive and barely touched the block before her exit on this Thursday's live eviction episode. How does Survivor stalwart Cirie asses her own game in the Big Brother house? How are the strategies between the two games different? Which of her BB housemates does she think would do best on the island? And would she ever enter this house again for another go? We asked Cirie all that and more on her way to the jury house, and you can now watch the entire interview above or read it below.
CBS Cirie Fields on 'Big Brother' season 25
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Analyze your own game this season: What did you do well and do not so well?
CIRIE FIELDS: Oh goodness. What I did well was have my social relationships. I always do well with forming connections with people. That was not the difficult part. The difficult part was managing my alliances and the sharing of information within those alliances. That was more difficult than I've ever experienced because in the Big Brother house, information is like trains at a subway — it goes and comes every 10 minutes, and that I was not prepared for.
What is the biggest difference between the strategic play on Big Brother and Survivor?
On Survivor, you can form an alliance on day one — even a group of people in an alliance — that will maintain and sustain the time of the entirety of the game. Whereas in Big Brother, you have to play pretty much week by week and day by day. Even with forming alliances and connections, they come and go, whereas Survivor, they're sustained, in my opinion.
CBS Cirie Fields on 'Big Brother' season 25
Which of your Big Brother housemates would do best on Survivor?
I think Red would do excellent on Survivor because Red has a skill set that would be perfect for Survivor, and Red also has a social strategy — a social game that would be great on Survivor. I really connected with Red. A lot of people in the house connected with Red. But for one situation with Red and Cameron and Jared, Red would've gone far in this game. So I think Red would be the perfect Survivor player.
CBS Red Utley on 'Big Brother' season 25
You played Survivor four times. Would you play Big Brother again?
I don't think my mental stamina is there to play Big Brother again. Survivor now is a shorter game. It was shorter even when it was 39 days than the struggle and the strain and the stress [here]. I feel like I have aged 10 years playing Big Brother for 93 days, and I don't know that I could withstand 10 more days of playing Big Brother. The consistent vice grip on your brain in the Big Brother game is not something that I would ever look forward to doing again. I appreciate the opportunity and experience, but I will pass.
CBS Cirie Fields and Felicia Cannon on 'Big Brother' season 25
Finally, what is the worst thing that Felicia did on your bed this season?
Can we talk about boundaries? Felicia had zero boundaries when it came to me in my personal space. Because I'm 53 years old and I've been around the block a few times, but I have never met a person or people that would take the liberty of even examining their feet in my presence, more or less to cut your toenails or file them on my bedding! The only personal space that you can have in a game like this is your bed. Everything else is community property. And Felicia took the liberty of filing her toenail.
I hate feet. I have a thing with feet. And to those who love feet, more power to you. I don't judge you. I have a thing with feet. And you… I've never. "Flabbergasted" is not a strong enough word to explain how I felt seeing Felicia file her toenails on my blanket on my bed. I should have known then — you could not trust Felicia. Anyone that would take the liberty of cutting or filing their toenails on your bedspread is someone that you should never trust with anything at all.
cirie: on my bed.. remember i asked you not on my bed.. thats so disrespectful.. i would never do that..
felicia: i didnt know it was gonna come out..
cirie: you knew its coming out.. #bb25 💀 pic.twitter.com/UqopbMvl7h
— 𝓑𝓑 𝓛𝓲𝓸𝓷 🦁 (@BBLionOteV) October 26, 2023
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