Anthony Scaramucci, who had appeared to remain in the running Tuesday night on "Celebrity Big Brother," abruptly turned up in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, speaking from a stage at the World Economic Forum.
"I've just left the 'Big Brother' house," financier Scaramucci, 55, who was raised in Port Washington and now lives in Manhasset, informed an audience in a video posted Wednesday at TMZ.com, after fans noticed his absence from the 24-hour live web feed that commenced that morning. He is the first contestant on this second season of the show’s celebrity edition to be off the show. His photo in the "house" studio set remained in color and had not been blacked out, as is usual when a "houseguest" is "evicted."
"So you have to you have to tune in on Friday to understand what happened," he went on to say at Davos. "So unfortunately I signed a confidentiality [agreement] but there's a little bit of a cliffhanger."
He added, "Here's what I can tell you: It was a tremendous amount of fun and so there's a lot of, like, hoity-toity intellectuals that are, like ... 'What's he doing on "Big Brother," ' You have to remember I grew up in a blue-collar family. And so you also have to remember that America watches these shows. And so you don't want to unplug yourself totally from America and live in a [sic] ivory tower."
The remaining housemates were aware of Scaramucci's departure, though gave no clues about his early exit. The show had announced the first elimination would occur on Friday's episode.
"I miss Anthony Scaramucci," actor and TV personality Jonathan Bennett, 37, said in the live feed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Us Weekly added that Merrick's Dina Lohan, 56, had agreed, saying, "I do, too. He would be teaching us things right now about finance." The magazine reported that Tamar Braxton, 41, said on the feed, "Mooch, you tried. I just want you to know that."
Scaramucci, who served 10 days as White House Director of Communications in mid-July 2017 before being fired by then-chief of staff John Kelly, has not commented on social media. In January 2018, he tweeted that he had attended Davos for the past dozen years.