Coronavirus Pandemic: Jared Leto, Big Brother contestants 'probably the last in the world' to learn about the outbreak

FP Staff

Mar 18, 2020 09:31:36 IST

The contestants of reality show Big Brother Germany were informed about the coronavirus pandemic in a special live episode, making them some of the last people to know about the outbreak.

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As per CBSNews, the host of the show and a doctor enlightened the contestants, who are currently locked in inside a house in Cologne, about the disease. The decision to not keep them in the dark anymore came after severe backlash on social media.

A fansite has taken to Twitter to share a few screenshots from the episode, adding the participants appeared "a bit shell-shocked and emotional" upon hearing about the news.

Here are the tweets

E! Online reports the housemates were shown videos and pictures of their families and friends. Further, they were even told if any of their close ones contracted the disease, they would be permitted to leave the house and the show.

Endemol Shine, the producer of the global reality TV franchise, issued a statement saying they have revoked their standard rule of "no outside news" owing to the "evolving situation."

Check out their statement here

The 14 participants entered the German edition of the show on 6 February, at a time when COVID-19 was just starting to percolate out of China. On the other hand, four other contestants who entered the show on 6 March, were instructed to not divulge anything about the pandemic.

Incidentally, while authoritative bodies around the world are sending people into isolation to contain the spread of the diseases, these 18 individuals have exemplified self-quarantine even without the knowledge of the same.

According to BBC News, contestants on Big Brother Canada and Big Brother Australia have also been informed about the virus.

Meanwhile, it seems the Big Brother participants were not the only ones unaware of the pandemic. Jared Leto, who was on a 12-day silent meditation, has taken to Instagram to express his shock over finding a "very different world."

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He also urged his followers to quarantine themselves and stay safe.

Germany is one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, with over 7,636 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.

Updated Date: Mar 18, 2020 14:16:09 IST

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