Due to personal problems, Big Brother 24 contestant Paloma Aguilar left the house and the game before the first live eviction. It was announced by host Julie Chen on Thursday, July 14, a day before the show’s first live eviction.
Paloma was criticized on social media for the things she said about fellow houseguest Taylor Hale, some of which were shown on Wednesday night’s episode. For example, she called the stylist a “lying bitch.”
Aguilar’s lack of sleep was front and center, as she said she only got 2–4 hours of sleep a night because of her anxiety. She told Matt Turner, “I can’t sleep at all in this house.” “I’m really ready to go.” She told the other people staying in the house that she couldn’t eat or sleep, which made them worry about her health. Then she went into the Diary Room and didn’t come out, causing more worry in the house.
Even though the live feeds were cut off late Wednesday night, popular feed recapper hamster watch was the first to report Aguilar’s removal at 12:30 am Thursday. “I don’t know if it’s medical or by choice, and we might never know. If it’s medical, the show needs to think about privacy,” she wrote.
The feeds were down all day Thursday and while the show was on, but they should be back later tonight.
In tonight’s episode, Paloma did many of the things she did all the time while she was in the Big Brother house. She helped make another majority alliance, in which she played a key role, and she kept making personal comments about Taylor Hale even after she was put on the block. But, to everyone’s surprise, Paloma was the first person to pull the former Miss Michigan aside after she was nominated and tell her in tears to be herself.
But maybe these feelings had less to do with sympathy and more to do with not getting enough sleep. She talked about how she only slept two to four hours a night in a later part of the episode. She told the other people in the house that she couldn’t sleep there and that she wished they could all leave at the same time.
This is just a small part of what Paloma has been doing recently, as seen on the live feeds. Fans had noticed that over the past few days, talk about her had changed from being about the game to be worried about her real life. She said more than once during the week that she was in a simulation or a dream.
And just like the viewers, her fellow housemates could feel that something was different about her.
Paloma’s departure didn’t just make the house sad; it also changed the schedule. As the live eviction show, a big, never-seen-before elimination was set up, as host Julie Chen Moonves explained. The house would have voted on one of the candidates, either Taylor or Terrance Higgins. And on premiere night, they would have been going up against someone who was considered to be “backstage.”
Since Brittany Hoopes was given safety by the United States, it would have been either Paloma or Alyssa Snider. Whoever won would stay, and the other would have to leave.
Luckily for everyone, that didn’t happen. Julie said that Paloma’s leaving meant that both the nominees and the backstage houseguests were safe, so the eviction was called off. Everyone who was still in Big Brother’s game was happy, but some were sad because it meant losing a close friend.