July 19, 2005 11:13 PM by Joe Blackmon
Big Brother 6 Live Feed watchers have been buzzing the last several days over an altercation that occurred between Michael Donnellan & Eric Littmann on Saturday night. The live feeds were cut to a fish bowl scene once things got really ugly, and the big question has been if CBS would air the near-fight or not. On the Tuesday, July 19, 2005 episode of Big Brother 6, CBS did air the near-fight with only minimal bleeping.
The set-up for the near fight is that Eric Littmann has developed a strong, almost cult-leader like control over several other houseguests. Based on some of the female houseguests complaining about Michael not always keeping his hands to himself, Eric has labeled Michael as a sexual harasser. Michael has not taken the allegations lying down and has responded by nagging back at Eric and his followers.
Michael jokingly tells Janelle that he is going to ask Eric, “How did your grandparents die?” Rachel, one of the disciples of Eric, overhears Michael making these statements and promptly reports to Eric that Michael was talking about his family. When Eric sees Michael later, he yells at Michael asking him if he has a problem. Michael responds by calling Eric “a midget” and saying “you talk a lot and you can’t act on it, you’ve got a small penis.” Eric has to be constrained by other houseguests as he appears ready to punch Michael. A flustered Big Brother announcer cuts in saying, “Everyone calm down. Everyone! Everyone! Eric, Eric, come to the diary room right now. Michael, go to the storage room and wait.”
After Michael & Eric are sent to separate rooms, Eric’s right hand girl Ivette accuses Michael’s secret partner Kaysar of not respecting women. Kaysar, upset by the statement, stands up and engages Ivette in a stare down. The already frazzled Big Brother announcer then breaks in and orders everyone to different places in the yard.
The entire incident was one of the greatest near-fights in Big Brother history. It was then revealed that everyone was given a warning, and the houseguests discussed their actions and apologized to one another as dramatic music played in the background.
As Eric has organized much of the house against Michael, Michael’s only hope of salvation looked to be the veto contest. However, James Rhine winds up winning the power of veto, and of course decides not to use it. The scene is now set for Michael’s elimination on the Thursday night live episode. Will Michael go quietly out of the Big Brother house? Or will he entice Eric into a fight between now and then? Could Michael’s only hope of staying in the house be getting Eric kicked out?