Big Brother narrator says fire ‘really sad for Australians to see’
The purpose-built property was used as the set for Big Brother for 13 seasons until the show’s second run was axed.
The show originally aired on the Ten network before Nine (the owner of this masthead) picked it up for a second run in 2012.
“It hasn’t been on TV for the past four years but I still get messages from fans asking if it will ever get re-booted,” Goldman said.
“It’s really sad for Australians to see.”
The former narrator said Big Brother winner Regina “Reggie” Bird cried when she heard about the house being engulfed in flames.
“She even said she always hoped someone would fix it,” Goldman said.
“Reggie said being in that house was the happiest time of her life.”
The fire had also thrown a spanner in the works of a planned community event at the abandoned house.
“There are a lot of reports going around that I was living in the old, decrepit building but that wasn’t the case,” Goldman said.
“I got a lot of attention from that rumour and so I was going to host a celebrity homeless sleep out to do the very thing people thought I have been doing.
“It was to raise funds for Mission Australia and Orange Sky but now that’s not possible.”
Celebrities including Bird, radio and TV personality Mel Greig, former Big Brother contestant Sky Wheatley and former Bachelor contestant Heather Colton planned to attend, he said.
Goldman said Broadbeach State School had fortunately offered its playground for the event after hearing of the fire.
“We’ll do it and I invite celebrities to get involved for the good cause,” he said.
“It is a shame though that the Big Brother house is gone though.”
Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at the Brisbane Times, covering breaking news.