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Reality TV stars react to the Los Angeles quake

July 29, 2008 |  5:47 pm
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Tuesday's earthquake didn’t last longer than 15 seconds, but it was enough to send some in Hollywood shaking.

At the “Big Brother” house in Studio City, the tremors sent the houseguests on CBS’s reality series running for the “backyard”; the house is built inside a soundstage. Because “Big Brother” cast members aren’t allowed any communication with the outside world, producers informed them of the earthquake over a PA.

“A lot of them are not from California, so this is the first earthquake they’ve experienced,” says series executive producer Allison Grodner. “Everyone was a bit shaken.”

But cameras never stopped taping. The show airs live online 24 hours a day. “We made sure they felt safe. But they went back to business right after,” she said, explaining that they’ve still got to decide who next to eliminate on Wednesday’s episode.

“Sunset Tan” sales rep and cast member Holly Huddleston was stuck in a tanning booth when things started to vibrate during an FHM photo shoot promoting the E! series.

“I was in nothing but a bra and panties and wearing these high heels when everything started shaking,” Huddleston said. “I kind of stopped and looked around to see if it was just me, if I was the one shaking or if I was just positioned funny.

“But then I saw the photographer shaking and all the lights shaking,” she said. “It was scary.”

-- Staff report

Photo: Cast of "Big Brother 10" television reality series, courtesy CBS.

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