'Celebrity Big Brother' Adds a 'Kardashian' Star ... in the U.K.
'Celebrity Big Brother' Adds a 'Kardashian' Star ... in the U.K.
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Celebrity Big Brother is coming to America in February, but the original CBB in the U.K. premiered its 21st season on Tuesday, January 2. The British version typically casts a few Americans, and this year they have one of the many third-tier stars from Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Malika Haqq, who is best known for being Khloe Kardashian's best friend, is one of the eight female houemates who went into the CBB house during the first night.

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This year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the U.K., the show's theme is "The Year of the Woman." The season kicked off with eight women entering the house. On Friday, they will be joined by the men, though the women will have all of the power at the start.

Malika has appeared regularly on E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians since season 2 as Khloe's BFF. She's 34 and has also pursued a career as an actress.

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She's not the first Kardashian-adjacent star to enter the CBB house in the U.K. Two years ago Kim's pal Jonathan Cheban was cast on the show, though he walked out after a week.

Perhaps Malika was the best American star the British show could get this year because the American version of Celebrity Big Brother is coming in February, and it will hopefully include more recognizable names. However, it seems unlikely that the U.S. version will include as wide a range of ages as the U.K. edition. The majority of the female inhabitants of the CBB house are over 50, including politicians, journalists and a former police detective.

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Rumors for the U.S. season of Celerity Big Brother have also included someone from the Kardashian circle, Rob's ex-fiancee Blac Chyna. At least to Big Brother producers and casting directors, any association with a Kardashian is obviously a plus.

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Celebrity Big Brother premieres Wednesday, February 7 at 8/7c on CBS. For more BB news, like BuddyTV's Big Brother Facebook page.


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