1. She originally denied the Big Brother hosting job.
Julie was working as a CBS morning newsreader in New York at the time she received a phone call about hosting a new reality show—Big Brother.
"They wanted someone from the news department who knew how to do live TV and interviews," Julie said, reflecting on a time when reality TV was really just kicking off.
As a 29-year-old relatively new to the business, Julie struggled with the decision to take the gig instead of pursuing her dreams of someday contributing to 60 Minutes. For her first year in Los Angeles, Julie transitioned between being a newsreader and the Big Brother host.