Move over, Julie Chen -- there's a new "Big Brother" host moving in. Arisa Cox, co-host of "E! News Weekend," has scored the coveted gig for the inaugural season of "Big Brother Canada."
Cox will introduce viewers to Canada's first-ever houseguests, steer them into doing ridiculous things and guide them through the twists and turns that comes with living in the "Big Brother" house.
Executive producer John Brunton says, "Arisa knows first-hand what our group of houseguests will be going through," alluding to Cox appearing on the first season of Canadian reality series, "The Lofters," where her every move was caught on camera for a full year.
"Her experience and insight into this unique situation will allow her to get into the minds of the houseguests and ask the questions that the viewers want to hear. She will be the perfect bridge between the houseguests and the viewing audience at home. We are thrilled to have Arisa take the reins of 'Big Brother Canada,' the show could not be in better hands."
Cox, who also writes fashion commentary for the National Post, concurs. "I am ecstatic to be on board to host 'Big Brother Canada.' As a huge fan of reality television, and someone who has experienced living in a house full of cameras capturing my every move, I'm looking forward to meeting our Canadian houseguests to see how they play without getting played!"
The first Canadian instalment of the reality franchise premieres on Feb. 27, and will air three nights a week (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). "Big Brother Canada After Dark" kicks off the same night but will air seven days a week.
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Justin Trudeau & Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau
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Kevin O'Leary & Arlene Dickinson
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Ryan Gosling & Taylor Kitsch
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Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod
They would probably win -- they're fit, they're fun, and every Canadian knows and loves them.
Dan Aykroyd & Martin Short
If this team was as physically adept as they are funny, then they'd cross the finish line first.
Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger
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Coco Rocha & Jeanne Beker
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Rob & Doug Ford
OK, this one is just voyeuristic curiosity. We admit it.
Malcolm Gladwell & Margaret Atwood
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Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas
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Elisha Cuthbert & Dion Phaneuf
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Drake & Stefan Brogren
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Eugene Levy & Catherine O'Hara
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David Suzuki & Alex Trebek
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Rex Harrington & Karen Kain
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Jay Baruchel & Alison Pill
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Nerene Virgin & Jeff Hyslop
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