EXCLUSIVE: Former Big Brother star Bree Amer reveals the biggest problem with Seven’s reboot… and how it differs from her 2004 season
She rose to fame on the 2004 season of Big Brother Australia, and later returned in subsequent seasons as the host of its spin-off series, Friday Night Live.
And now Bree Amer has given her honest verdict on the popular reality TV show’s reboot on Channel Seven.
In a wide-ranging interview with Daily Mail Australia, Bree explained while the refreshed format was a smart choice, she felt there was one thing lacking.
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EXCLUSIVE: Former Big Brother star Bree Amer (pictured in 2007) has revealed what she believes is the biggest problem with Seven’s reboot… and how it differs from her 2004 season
The 37-year-old claimed fans would have rejected Big Brother if it had returned unchanged: ‘It needed to come back refreshed. [The old format] is a bit tired and we’re a bit past that. Reality TV has progressed so much.’
‘I will say, I’m missing the content. Three hours a week, or whatever it is, for me as a fan of the show, is not enough,’ she joked.
Bree, who appeared on TV almost seven days a week during her time on the reality series, said the shows and live-streaming made fans feel like they ‘knew’ and were ‘friends’ with the housemates.
‘I think because we do only see a little bit of it, I don’t feel as connected to any of those housemates. I don’t care about them as much,’ she explained.
‘I don’t feel as connected to any of those housemates. I don’t care about them as much’: The 37-year-old claimed fans would have rejected Big Brother if it had returned unchanged, but the reduced amount of airtime has made it harder to be invested in the stars’ lives. Pictured: Angela Clancy and Sophie Budack
Flashback! Bree was one of the most memorable contestants from the 2004 season of Big Brother Australia. Pictured with host Gretel Killeen (left) and winner Trevor Butler (right)
Providing an example, Bree continued: ‘When Sophie [Budack] jumped into bed with Chad [Hurst] and kissed him, I was like “what?! Where did that come from?” Because you don’t have the context or the hours to binge beforehand.
‘I just want to binge,’ she laughed.
‘The problem [with Seven’s reboot] is, there’s not enough of it – which is probably a good problem,’ Bree joked.
‘You don’t have the context or the hours to binge beforehand’: Bree said as the reboot moves so quickly and only airs three times per week, major plot lines can sometimes lack context. Pictured: Sophie Budack and Chad Hurst
‘The problem [with Seven’s reboot] is, there’s not enough of it – which is probably a good problem,’ Bree joked that the season leaves her wanting more, which is a positive thing
Speaking on the On The Mike podcast in October 2018, Bree explained how she had been able to transition from a reality TV contestant to a behind-the-scenes producer.
‘I started as low down as I possibly could. I was just always interested in producing,’ she said.
She worked in street casting for the show World’s Strictest Parents, before being hired to find contestants for My Kitchen Rules.
Family life: Bree and her husband, fellow TV producer Evan Wilkes, are now proud parents to three-year-old son Hunter and 11-month-old daughter Harlow (all pictured)
Bree helped produce five seasons of MKR and has also worked on The Bachelor, Zumbo’s Just Desserts and Bringing Sexy Back.
Her husband, Evan Wilkes, recently produced Channel Seven’s Bride and Prejudice.
Bree and Evan are now proud parents to three-year-old son Hunter and 11-month-old daughter Harlow.
Tune in: Big Brother Australia continues on Sunday from 7pm on Seven