Before the season started on Aug. 5, the 50-year-old elaborated on how production is combating the coronavirus on set. “I’m doing testing. I’m doing testing again and then I’m going to do more testing,” Julie shared. “I’ll be farther than ever from the houseguests as they get evicted. No hugs, not even a Chenbot handshake.”

The former talk show host said “there’s too much on the line to not go above and beyond the protocol” during filming. “If you ask me, once you’re in the Big Brother house, it might be one of the safest places to be,” she declared in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

As for the crew, “Everyone is working in a pod, and those pods basically stay together and don’t cross-mingle with any other pods,” executive producer Rich Meehan told the outlet. “No one is living on the compound. So people are going home at the end of their shift.”

Allison Grodner, another executive producer on the series, added, “We produce this behind the walls. [Houseguests] only hear our voices. They don’t really see us throughout their stay in the Big Brother house.”

New episodes of Big Brother air Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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