On the season 23 finale of Big Brother Wednesday, we knew that history would be made with the crowning of the show's first Black winner, and it ultimately came down to Xavier Prather and Derek Frazier for the $750,000 prize.
And the victor was...
“Congratulations, Xavier. You are the winner of Big Brother,” host Julie Chen-Moonves said as she pulled out the decisive key.
Prather, who received all nine votes in a unanimous decision, was part of a six-person alliance called The Cookout, which formed at the beginning of the season to ensure that the winner of the most racially diverse season in history would be Black.
After his historic win, Prather explained to Chen-Moonves how he was feeling.
“It's surreal. I wouldn't have been here without all the members of The Cookout, and every single member of the jury, and those members not in the jury who were part of the season. I can't thank you enough,” Prather said. “I'm so blessed to have met every one of you. We all made history this season, so I think we should all be proud.”
Viewers on Twitter were excited for Prather as well, with plenty of congratulatory messages being sent his way.
This cast was amazing really 🤩 Glad they let out some of their secrets ☺️ #bb23
— RealiTeaTV Queen💫👸🏾 (@RealiTeaTVQueen) September 30, 2021
Man so much respect for what the Cookout accomplished this szn 👏🏽 #bb23
— JOSH MARTINEZ (@JOSHMBB19) September 30, 2021
— Dr. Erlanger(Earl)Turner (@DrEarlTurner) September 30, 2021
The first ever African American winner of Big Brother U.S 😭☺️
— Michael Wright (@MrWrightNow_1) September 30, 2021
Yay Big Brother 😍a what a great season! Truly the deserved winner 👏🏼👏🏼 #BB23
— Steven Saelzler (@alka_saelzler) September 30, 2021
But the history making wasn’t done there, because host Chen-Moonves still had to crown America’s Favorite House Guest, who this year went home with $50,000, instead of the usual $25,000 given out in past seasons. And the winner was... Tiffany Mitchell!
“Thank you, America!” Mitchell said. “Hey, America! I love you guys. Thank you for giving me something!”
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