Big Brother Season 15 came to an end on Wednesday night, leaving bittersweet memories for fans.
Andy Herren won the $500,000 prize, with GinaMarie in second, taking home $50,000. Elissa walked away with the prize of $25,000 for America's Favorite Player. The prizes were given out for first and second place, although for fans it all boiled down to who was the least offensive during the season.
Aaryn Gries spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, with two public relations assistants at her side. Aaryn was one of the first to make controversial comments about and to her fellow houseguests.
Gries was fired by Zephyr Talent modeling agency in Austin, TX, after the live feeds caught her at her worst.
Gries had a verbal disagreement with black houseguest Candice Stewart during the first couple of weeks in the game. She was caught on tape speaking with a couple of other houseguests:
Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see the bitch.
When it came to Helen Kim, an Asian contestant, Gries waited until Helen had walked away. Once she was out of ear shot, Gries blurted out:
Shut up and go make me some rice!
During a discussion with other houseguests, Gries didn’t stop at judging others by their color or race. She also spoke badly of Andy, a gay man:
No one is going to vote for whoever that queer puts up!
After an argument with Candice, Gries flipped her mattress on the floor of her room. Candice walked in to find the bed torn apart and asked what the problem was. Gries began a verbal attack on Candice and so did her friend, GinaMarie Zimmerman.
One evening, dinner became another opportunity for Gries to make fun of Asian people. She began asking other houseguests what they would want to eat while using a false Asian accent and making comments on rice.
During her post eviction interview with Julie Chen, she was clearly stunned by the fact she was seen as a racist.
Being southern, it’s a stereotype and I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context and wrong and I do not mean to ever come off racist. I – that’s not me, and I apologize to anyone that I’ve offended for that.
Gries was greeted with some clapping, “boos” and laughter as she walked on the stage after her eviction. The houseguests had discussed how they would be “famous” when they left the game, although the group hadn’t thought being famous would include those fans that were genuinely upset by their display during the game.
In the interview on Wednesday night following the finale of Big Brother, Aaryn learned she was dropped by her talent agency for her remarks and actions inside the Big Brother house. She addressed the issues at hand:
I definitely was shocked with how serious things were taken. Some of the things were taken out of context but either way, I definitely regret saying those things. I never wanted to hurt or offend anyone and when I realized how I had affected people, it made me really think about how I’m doing things. I need to be more cognizant of what I’m doing and saying all the time.
Several of the houseguests had given and are giving Gries credit for changing her attitude. Candice came forward and claimed that she and Gries had become good friends outside the Big Brother house, while they remained in seclusion inside the jury house.
The jury house was amazing. These girls and I had a great time. We got along. Candice and I bonded and we’ve become really close friends. It all worked out and I’m thankful for every minute of it.
Aaryn was voted out of the Big Brother house on day 70. She stated when she walked out to be interviewed by Julie Chen; it was the most shocking time of the season.
My eviction was surprising and I was shocked to walk out to that. I had other things on my mind so I was thrown off. I guess I can’t be too surprised though; I already had that feeling ever since my remarks and actions were brought to light. But I was wanting to talk more about my game than controversy.
Gries looks at her loss of her talent agency as a good chance to open more opportunities.
I was on the rocks with the agency before I even came here and I do have more opportunities, more agencies that are wanting to meet with me that I’m going to meet with on Thursday. It’s all good. I’m going to move up.
So where does a shunned Big Brother contestant go from here?
I’m thinking about a book. I’m hoping to help other people learn from my experience and not get themselves into a similar situation. We’ll see.
Do you think Gries is truly changing her ways or is she merely acting for the cameras?