big brother contestant pulled from the show after testing positive for covid.

Valdiserri [photo courtesy]>

Valdiserri [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa July 7, 2021

Just days before "Big Brother" Season 23's premiere, one of the show's contestants has just been pulled from the game.

On Monday, the show's official Instagram account posted a video with Houseguest Christie Valdiserri, a professional dancer with alopecia who was set to compete this season. 

In the video, she explains she'll no longer be on the show after testing positive for the coronavirus.

"So I don't want to be sharing this news but I tested positive for Covid. I have no idea how I got it. I have the vaccine, and I've been following all the guidelines up to this point," she explained. "I have absolutely no symptoms, I feel perfectly fine."

"So I'm really grateful for that, but it's really frustrating because I won't be playing in 'Big Brother' this summer," she continued. "And I just have to say that when you're faced with adversity, I'm just telling myself it's for a bigger reason."

25-year-old artificial intelligence engineer Claire Rehfuss will be joining the show in Valdiserri's place.

"Big Brother" Season 23 premieres Wednesday, July 7th on CBS -- with new episodes Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until the finale.