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Donald Joseph "Donny" Thompson was a houseguest on Big Brother 16 (US).

Donny quickly became a fan favorite due to his genuine and kind personality. Through this he quickly became the second member of Team America. He was viewed as the underdog of the season as most of his allies were evicted early on. Donny was targeted many weeks for his ability to win competitions, winning a total of 1 HoH, 3 PoV's and 2 BOTB competitons. His downfall came when his fellow Team America members, Derrick Levasseur and Frankie Grande turned against him. Donny was finally evicted in Week 9 by a unanimous 5-0 vote, placing 8th and becoming fourth member of the jury.

On finale night, it was revealed that Donny won America's Favorite Houseguest over Nicole Franzel and Zach Rance, gaining a total 5.2 million votes, the highest in Big Brother history.


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Age: 42
Hometown: Albemarle, NC
Occupation: School Groundskeeper
Three adjectives that describe you: Honest, funny and witty.
Favorite Activities: I love to work, eat and watch TV.
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: I’ve lived alone for over 21 years so living with a large group of people would be a huge adjustment.
Do you have a strategy for winning Big Brother?: Lay low in the beginning, befriend all, constantly observe others and make wise decisions on who I align with.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: I liked Spencer because he was nominated so many times without going home. He was a likable person that I could relate to.
What are you afraid of: Heights, mice, and public speaking.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: I paid cash for my house.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… Leave everyone with a smile on their face.
What would you take into the house and why: My favorite pair of overalls, my favorite hat and chewing tobacco.
What would you do if Big Brother made you famous: I would try to be the same person I have always been. Only, more people would know me.

Donny is a small town guy whose claim to fame is that he was the janitor at Kelly Pickler’s high school. He’s never been on a plane. He may look like a hunter, but he hates killing animals.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 16 (US)[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Loss
Week 2 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Loss
BOTB Ineligible
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Win
BOTB Dethroned
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 Evicted
Week 11
Week 12 Luxury Loss

Have/Have-Not History[]

Week 1 Have
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have
Week 7 Have Not
Week 8 Have
Week 9 Have Not

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Used POV on Self Joey Van Pelt Yes
2 Zach Rance No
3 BOTB/POV Holder Devin Shepherd Yes
4 Post-POV Nominee
5 Amber Borzotra Yes
6 Dethroned HOH Zach Rance No
Used POV on Self Nicole Franzel No
7 Nominated
8 BOTB Winner Zach Rance Yes
9 Nominated
Finale Jury Member Cody Calafiore No

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 6

Post Big Brother[]


  • Donny is the only houseguest to win the Battle of the Block and the Power of Veto in the same week.
  • Donny is the second person to win a BOTB by himself, following Frankie Grande
  • Donny is tied for the most veto wins in his season with Frankie and Cody, each having 3 wins.
  • Of all the houseguests who were the oldest on their season, Donny won the most competitions which is 6 (1 HoH, 3 PoVs and 2 BotBs).
    • However, if the Battle of the Block doesn't count as a competition win, Donny is tied with Jerry MacDonald for the most competitions won by the oldest houseguest of a season, with 4.
    • Donny has the most PoV wins of all Houseguests oldest of their season, with 3 wins.
  • Donny is the oldest person ever to win the America's Favorite Player award.
  • He and Jocasta Odom are the only houseguests in Big Brother 16 to vote against the majority more than once, including the jury vote. Donny did it four times.
    • Donny voted in the minority during every non-unanimous vote.
  • Donny is the only male in Big Brother 16 to never be a member of the Bomb Squad at any point during the game.
  • Donny is the first houseguest to win HoH, PoV and Battle of the Block in a single season.
  • He is the first houseguest to win the POV twice (and thrice) in Big Brother 16.
  • Kathy Griffin has "zinged" him, yet it was not aired on the edited episode, as her zing to Donny was "You come from a small town where everything moves a bit slower, especially your brain."[2]


Preceded by
Season 15
BB15Small Elissa
Elissa Slater
America's Favorite Houseguest
Season 16
Donny Thompson
Succeeded by
Season 17
BB17Small James
James Huling
Big Brother 16 (US) Houseguests