Conspiracy theories were running wild yesterday after Nine accidentally aired a promo stating WA mining electrician George Baramily had been evicted on Sunday afternoon.
The promo is believed to have been aired during an episode of Gilligan’s Island at 1:30pm in the Sydney market.
BB Executive Producer Alex Mavroidakis from Southern Star told TV Tonight, it was annoying that of three Nine promos that had been prepared to run after the evening show, the ‘George’ promo accidentally aired, on the very day he was evicted.
“We were alerted to it when people started tweeting, and a screenshot went up. Our radars went up and we thought, ‘Hang on a minute, what’s going on here?’” he said.
On the official BB Facebook page, a post was later added:
A promotion recently went to air that indicated George had been Evicted. This was due to a technical error and is INCORRECT as voting lines are still open and do not close until 6:30pm (Facebook) and 6:43pm (IVR/SMS) AEST. Three promotions were prepared featuring each of the Nominees and unfortunately George’s was broadcast in error. Every vote will still count. You still have the chance to decide WHO will stay in the House and can vote at http://www.bigbrother.com.au/nominations/
On social media yesterday fans were calling the show “rigged.”
The nature of the BB series is that it will always attract conspiracy theories. A much bigger error happened on Season 4 in 2004 when Bree Amer was incorrectly evicted during a last minute voting surge for Wesley Denning.
Mavroidakis said last night’s voting was the closest in BB history with just 1,000 votes splitting George and Bradley.
“I hope I can put any fears to rest because Channel Nine and Southern Star would be horrifically liable if they were to tamper with the public’s hard-earned cash in any way shape or form.”
Voting is audited by Ernst & Young but total numbers are not released.