Ross Mathews is the runner-up of Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US).

An aggressive player, Ross formed several relationships, did numerous double-dealing, took out big targets such as Shannon Elizabeth, Omarosa Manigault, Brandi Glanville, and James Maslow, and won several competitions. When his closest ally Marissa Jaret Winokur won the final HoH, she brought him to the Final Two, where his deceitful game-play and inability to own his lies caused him to finish second to Marissa in a 6-3 vote, although he did win America's Favorite Houseguest over Shannon and James.


Retrieved from CBS
Age: 38
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, Washington
Current city: Los Angeles/Palm Springs, California
Occupation: TV host, judge, and personality
Three adjectives that describe you: Upbeat, kind-hearted, and competitive.
Favorite activities: Happy hour, brunch, and morning walks.
What do you think will be the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house?
Being cut off from the outside world, my family, and pop culture.
What moment in your career do you think prepared you to live in the Big Brother house?
Endless hours of live TV!
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most?
Do you have a strategy for winning the game?
Run the show from behind the scenes, be a BFF to everybody and let them underestimate me.
My life's motto is…
Pivot. Always be ready to pivot.
What would you take into the house and why?
- Playing cards to keep my mind busy.
- My Chihuahuas.
- Wi-Fi.
Fun facts about yourself:
- I played violin growing up.
- My first job was picking spinach.
- I like to think of myself as 60% Dorothy, 40% Rose.
- I'm going to run for mayor of Palm Springs someday.
- I can name all 21 of Meryl Streep's Oscar nominations.

Player History - Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US)

Competition History

Week 1 HOH Loss
HOH Recast Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Win
POV Loss
HOH Previous HOH
POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Loss
HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Ineligible
POV Not Picked
HOH Loss
Week 4 HOH Win
HOH Loss

Food History

Cycle 1 Phase Not Active
Cycle 2
Cycle 3
Cycle 4 Slop
Cycle 5/6 Slop Phase Over
Cycle 7/8

Voting History

Day Position Voted for With Majority?
10 Chuck Liddell Yes
13 HOH
17 Shannon Elizabeth Yes
20 Used VIP POV on Self Metta World Peace Yes
24 Brandi Glanville Yes
Used POV on Self James Maslow Yes
Finale Runner-Up

HOH History

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Day 10
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Day 24
Omarosa Manigault

Post Big Brother


  • Ross and Marissa are the second/third houseguests to make a cameo in one season before being cast in another, following Paulie Calafiore. They were followed by Kato Kaelin.
    • Ross can be seen in the audience of Big Brother 1 (US)'s finale.
    • Ross' cameo happened before Paulie's did, but Paulie's counts as the first because he became a houseguest before Ross did.
  • Ross is the second person (and only male) to win HOH twice on Celebrity Big Brother, following Omarosa Manigault.
  • Ross is the second HouseGuest to win HoH and PoV in the same week, following Shannon.
  • Ross is the only HouseGuest to win the PoV multiple times on Celebrity Big Brother.
  • Ross is the first finalist to win the title of America's Favorite Houseguest.
  • Ross, along with Daniele Donato, Memphis Garrett, Paul Abrahamian, Jason Roy, Tyler Crispen and Kaycee Clark are the only HouseGuests to win more than 2 PoV's and make it to the final 2.
    • Except for Kaycee, all the others were runners-up of their respective seasons.


  1. Ross Mathews. Wikipedia. Retrieved on 29 January 2018.
  2. Meet The Famous Cast Of Celebrity Big Brother. CBS Big Brother. Retrieved on 29 January 2018.
  3. The $100,000 Pyramid (21 September 2018). Did we mention Sunday is back-to-back episodes of #100KPyramid?! @MattMcGorry @KellyOsbourne @helloross @MsVivicaFox. ABC. Retrieved on 25 September 2018.
Preceded by
Title Established
America's Favorite Houseguest
Season 1
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Succeeded by
Season 2
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Tom Green
Celebrity Big Brother 1 (US) Houseguests
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