Nicole Franzel Is Already in Trouble on 'Big Brother's' All-Star Season After Making Her First Alliance

Nicole Franzel, former Big Brother winner, entered the All-Stars house with a target on her back, it seems, after rumors circulated that she had been working with production. In just a few days, live feed content suggests Franzel hasn't won over the other houseguests yet.

Hard-core fans know that Franzel was accused by some of acting as a "spy" for CBS ahead of this season. This apparently involved eavesdropping on player group chats and reporting to CBS if any All-Stars were creating pregame alliances.

While this rumor hasn't been confirmed, shortly after the it surfaced, former winner Derrick Levasseur revealed on Twitter that he "wasn't happy with Nicole." Levasseur is notably absent from the season, despite being one of the most respected players in recent years.

He later claimed that Franzel didn't get him removed from the series.

My business with my friends is between us.

But I will say this: there is ZERO truth to the rumor that Nicole had anything to do with me not being on the show..

So any supporters of mine: Please don’t blame her.

I did what was best for my family.

— Derrick Levasseur (@DerrickL) July 27, 2020
Nicole Franzel
Big Brother 16 & Season 18 winner Nicole Franzel and fiancé "Big Brother 18" star Victor Arroyo backstage at Frankie Grande's "Livin' La Vida Grande" at Green Room 42 on January 26, 2019, in New York. Hard-core fans know that Franzel was accused by some of acting as a "spy" for CBS ahead of Season 22. Getty/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

The current houseguests are aware of the rumors, and some seem to believe them. Janelle Pierzina apparently shared that Franzel was involved in Levasseur's removal from the cast ahead of filming in a private conversation on the live feeds Friday morning.

Janelle: - confirms Kaycee tested positive for COVID
- confirms Josh tested positive for COVID
- confirms Dan Gheesling told her Nicole F got Derrick kicked off
- confirms Derrick was going to be on the cast
- confirms Kaycee told Tyler she was playing


— Whatuppp Kaysar/CHALLENGE Maniac (@SarahJo35135067) August 7, 2020

While it's possible Pierzina is correct, it's also important to note Big Brother is a strategy game. It would make sense for houseguests to run with rumors of Franzel's pre-show involvement to eliminate her from the game, regardless of if rumors are true.

What seems to have really harmed Franzel's chances of building strong, early relationships, though, is an apparent breakdown she had on live feeds on Thursday night. After two other contestants won the Safety Suite twist, Franzel had a tearful eruption, Gold Derby reported.

Fans on Twitter shared screenshots of the faces of various houseguests, while Franzel was emotional. You can see the reactions below:

These reactions to Nicole F crying on day 2 are sending #bb22

— jacob “the jugs” (@bougiedukes) August 7, 2020

Enzo, Janelle & Kaysar are laughing at Nicole F crying on day 2.😂 Got to stan. #BB22

— Myriam 🌊 (@maximusmom13) August 7, 2020

Nicole A is having the time of her life and Nicole F having a breakdown alone. KARMA. #bb22

— aria 🖤 (@missburpi) August 7, 2020

#bb22 literally everyone talking about nicole f

— — 𝖗 ! (@hcusehold) August 7, 2020

This is far from the first time Franzel has courted controversy on the series. She has a lot of dedicated fans, and probably just as many haters in the Big Brother community. She is playing the game for the third time, and she even won Big Brother 18, in 2016. So despite some immediate distaste from some houseguests, she has the potential to play a very strong game.

Her first alliance, which she made with the current head of household Cody Calafiore, makes this very clear. The pair secretly agreed to a final-two alliance, which seems to suggest they'll have each other's best interests in the game—at least for now.

And because of this alliance, it is unlikely Franzel will be sent home in week one, no matter what drama is following her.