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Matthew "Matt" Hoffman was a houseguest on Big Brother 12 (US).

The self-appointed leader of The Brigade alliance, Matt was often targeted because of his wit and strong strategic abilities. On Day 35, Matt opened Pandora's Box and was granted the Diamond Power of Veto. While he was nominated and the target in week 6, he saved himself with the diamond power of veto. However, in week 7, he was nominated and ultimately evicted during the first half of the Double Eviction in a unanimous 4-0 vote, placing 7th and becoming the third member of the jury. During his stay in the house, he lied about his wife having a serious illness to try and get sympathy from other houseguests in an attempt to move him further in the game. Once he was in the jury house, he finally let all the jurors know that his wife was perfectly healthy, which sparked outrage primarily from Rachel Reilly and Kathy Hillis.


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Name: Matt Hoffman
Age: 32
Current Residence: Elgin, Ill.
Occupation: Web designer
Three adjectives that describe you: Intelligent, creative and sweet-talker
Favorite activities: Playing music, writing music, watching TV, watching/playing hockey, hanging/drinking with friends and annoying people for my own amusement
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: The frustration of not knowing all the major world and pop culture news that's happening all around you
Strategy for winning Big Brother: I'm leaving all of my emotions from home and my "real life" at the door. When I'm in the house, it's 100% game. What types of people would you NOT choose to live with you in the house: Quiet, reclusive types. When you're crammed away in close quarters for that long, you need some stimulation.
A recurring theme on Big Brother is "expect the unexpected." How would you handle "the unexpected:" I'm very adaptable and can think on the fly.
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most or least: Since the beginning I've liked Will, but his strategy would never work anymore. People play the game too much now. So, I'd have to go with Dan as my favorite.
What are you afraid of: Failure. That's it. I think that comes from being an only child. It's a curse.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Everything I did with my old band, Shooting Blanks.
Finish this sentence: "My life's motto is:" I don't want the world, I just want your half.
Is there anything else you want the fans to know about yourself: I have what it takes. I'm smart, charismatic and housebroken so I won't pee on the carpet.[1]

Player History - Big Brother 12 (US)[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have-Not
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Previous HOH
Luxury Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 5 HOH Win
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Previous HOH
POV Not Picked
Week 7 HOH Loss
Have/Have-Not Have
POV Loss

Have/Have-Not History[]

Week 1 Have-Not
Week 2 Have
Week 3 Have
Week 4 Have
Week 5 Have
Week 6 Have-Not
Week 7 Have

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Annie Whittington Yes
2 Post-POV Nominee
4 Kristen Bitting Yes
6 Post-POV Nominee
Used DPOV on Self Kathy Hillis Yes
7 Post-POV Nominee
Finale Jury Member Hayden Moss Yes

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 3
Andrew Ian Gordon
Week 5
Rachel Reilly

Post Big Brother[]


  • Matt was the first HouseGuest to receive a Veto due to a Pandora's Box twist. The second was Ian Terry in Big Brother 14 (US).
  • Matt is the second houseguest to win the Diamond Power of Veto. The first was Alison Irwin in Big Brother 4 (US).
    • However, Alison's veto had all the same powers as a regular Final 4 POV.
  • Matt was the only member of The Brigade to not make it to the Final Four.
  • Matt received media attention during the show for telling the other HouseGuests that his wife had a serious illness when, in reality, she was perfectly healthy.
  • Matt is the second person (after Dick Donato) to survive eviction Week 2 and become HOH Week 3. He would be followed by Helen Kim and Alex Ow.
    • Nicole Franzel and Scottie Salton also were nominated Week 2 and became HOH Week 3, however Scottie was vetoed off the block, and Nicole won the Battle of the Block Week 2 and was dethroned as HOH Week 3.
  • Matt shares his name with the narrator of CBS' Love Island
  • Whenever Matt was nominated, it was as the replacement nominee.
  • Brendon Villegas was always a target when Matt was Head of Household.
  • Matt revealed in a pre-season interview that he had applied for the show since Season 2.[4]


Big Brother 12 (US) Houseguests
Square-Hayden Moss
Square-Lane Elenburg
Square-Enzo Palumbo
Square-Britney Haynes
Square-Brendon Villegas
Square-Matt Hoffman
Square-Kathy Hillis
Square-Rachel Reilly
Square-Kristen Bitting
Square-Andrew Gordon
Square-Monet Stunson
Square-Annie Whittington