There comes a time during every season of Big Brother when the houseguests get what’s coming to them as Zingbot returns to roast them with zero shame. So when he did just that in the Sept. 23, 2020 episode of Big Brother 22, it was a moment fans had been waiting for all season.
He held nothing back as he made fun of Nicole Franzel’s voice, joked that David Alexander didn't belong with the rest of the all-stars, and called Christmas Abbott "cold, stress-inducing, and annoying."
Zingbot is meant to channel all of fans’ frustrations and criticisms into his zings and, most of the time, the houseguests are good sports. It’s a moment everyone waits for each season, like the endurance wall competition and the return of OTEV.
But those who are new to the show or are just plain bored with the lack of fierce competition this season might be wondering about Zingbot, where he comes from, and who he is in real life.
Who plays Zingbot on 'Big Brother'?
Zingbot might return to the show every season to shake up the houseguests and delight viewers at home, but he’s still just a guy (or girl) in a suit, portraying the snarky Big Brother robot. And, although the actor who plays Zingbot has never been revealed to the public, it changes from time to time.
During Big Brother 21, former houseguest Andy Herren tweeted about Zingbot to give a little behind-the-scenes information to his Twitter followers.
"Friendly reminder that Zingbot is a person in a costume who sways back and forth silently while the houseguests listen to his zings on the loudspeakers in the house!" Andy tweeted. "It is all very weird!"
The voice of 'Zingbot' is different from the person in the costume.
Although the Zingbot is a person in a costume who is actually in the Big Brother house while the houseguests are zinged with his one-liners, the voice is a separate entity. The actor inside of the Zingbot costume actually stands there silently, making the appropriate hand motions and moving every so often while a voice comes in through the speakers with the players’ insults.
In 2016, Big Brother voices behind audio like those "Tonight on Big Brother" voiceovers, Don Wollman and Clayton Halsey, spoke with Yahoo! about working on the show. Don shared that the person in the Zingbot suit is different from the voice and Clayton added that "there’s been two or three" voice actors for Zingbot.
The Zingbot actors aren't always up for the challenge.
Despite Zingbot being such a well-known Big Brother figure, he’s just a person in a suit. But when Season 14 houseguests met him for the first time, the actor inside the suit passed out and the players were met with the harsh reality of who Zingbot really is. In that case, a female actress.
"Zingbot is standing on the deck and we’re all standing around like he’s going to meet Baby Zing for the first time," former houseguest Britney Haynes explained on the show Rob Has a Podcast.
"So Baby Zing comes out of the smoke and all of a sudden Zingbot [is] as straight as a board, falls backwards, and cracks on the deck."
The actor who plays Zingbot might not always be the same, but there’s no denying the excitement fans feel when he makes his appearance each season.
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