Brittany Favre-Mallion has been sidelined.
The daughter of the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre was eliminated Monday from ABC’s summer game show “Claim to Fame.”
The series, hosted by brothers Kevin and Frankie Jonas, puts relatives of celebrities under one roof (like CBS’ “Big Brother”) in a house filled with clues about their well-known kin (Fox’s “The Masked Singer” has entered the chat). The contestant who can successfully conceal their identity for the entire 10-episode season gets $100,000.
Favre-Mallion is the fourth to be eliminated, following Laverne Cox’s brother, composer M Lamar; Zendaya’s cousin, music producer Cubb Coleman; and Chuck Norris’ grandson, Maxwell Norris, who was disqualified in the series premiere for sneaking in a cell phone.
Favre-Mallion, 33, says her dad, 52, was “so excited” about her being a part of the cast.
“We were like the OG ‘Survivor,’ ‘American Idol’ (fans). We love competition shows,” says Favre-Mallion. “I don’t think he would want me to do reality television for the sake of just being on reality television, but the fact that it was a competition, he thought that was really cool.”
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The Super Bowl champion advised his daughter to “Have fun.”
“His whole career was just a game, at the end of the day,” she says. “You have contracts and money and you have this attention, but really you’re just playing a game that kids also play. So that was kind of his thing: go in there, have fun, be yourself and treat people with respect and enjoy it.”
In Monday’s episode, Favre-Mallion, in the role of guesser, incorrectly linked fellow contestant Kai with singer/actress Andra Day, following a tip from another player, Dominique, whom Favre-Mallion lovingly dubbed “The Domfather.”
“She can sit back and pull the strings” says Favre-Mallion. “She even says, ‘I’m pretty good at convincing people to do things that I think are best.’ She’s just like that, and I love it.”
Favre-Mallion dishes on why she told Lark that L.C. wanted to be guesser (which was news to L.C.!), why she didn’t guess the obvious “Louise” (Simone Biles’ lookalike sister, Adria), and her regrets. (Edited for length and clarity.)
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Question: In Episode 3, you told fellow contestant Lark that L.C. wanted to be the guesser, which shocked L.C. Was that strategy?
Brittany Favre-Mallion: No! That was horrible! Obviously there’s so many conversations that don’t make it into the show. Another player told me, “Hey, you and L.C. need to be separated.” So I go up to Lark. My mistake was not going up to L.C. and saying, “Hey, did you agree to this? Are we supposed to be separated?” I should have confirmed that with her, and I told her that. Because L.C. knew who I was. So why would I infuriate her and then send her into the guessing spot? That would be crazy.
Q: What’s going through your mind in tonight’s episode when you’re revealed to be guesser?
Favre-Mallion: I was pretty sure I was going home. I was not confident in the guess, but I knew I had to do what had to be done. If I choose “Louise,” I have the target on my back again for another week because everybody was still mad at me from the guess-off before. If I choose Kai, and I make this guess that the house wants me to guess, I’m wrong, and I’m going home. That’s OK, because I don’t have the target on my back and that was a lot of anxiety, or I’m right and the house isn’t mad at me anymore because I’ve taken one for the team.
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Q: Do you have any regrets about how you played the game?
Favre-Mallion: Some part of me does wish that I had been brave enough to take “Louise” out and just see what happened. Maybe I could have gotten immunity through challenges, and I wouldn’t have had to fight that uphill battle. But the biggest regret is I wish that I had gone up to L.C. and confirmed that she was OK with being in the bottom two, because that really caused a lot of tension. Not just between L.C. and me, but multiple people in the house. It was really uncomfortable. And before that, I had not been in a position where I was the villain.
Q: I saw people on Twitter call you manipulative. How does that feel to get that feedback?
Favre-Mallion: It feels terrible, because that’s not what happened. But I have this feeling that no matter what I did, if people want to think you’re the villain (or) you’re their least favorite player of the game, then you are. I don’t take it personally, because I know what happened. Hopefully, now my roommates know what happened.
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Q: Did anything about this experience surprise you?
Favre-Mallion: You’re playing a game 24 hours a day. The game never turns off because you’re constantly trying to figure out (who) people are and conceal your identity. It’s a really high stress situation, but it was so much fun. And all of us were so different, but we’re all friends. And that is the craziest part. I did not expect to walk away with such good friends. We text, we call, we have a group chat. We’re all still really close. So that’s cool. As much as you see us fighting and all that stuff in the house, we actually are all friends in real life.
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