Andy Herren loves the game of Big Brother. He’s been a fan for years. He loves it even more after Wednesday night’s Big Brother finale. Herren took home the $500,000 grand prize after his victorious 7-2 vote over GinaMarie. So, what will the public speaking instructor do with all of that money?
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Andy states he didn’t think he would be the one taking home the grand prize. In the interview, he describes his game play and thought process:
I had goals going into this game: Don’t get voted out first. Make it to four votes. Survive this double eviction. Stuff like that. So, every week, I felt I got closer and closer to it, so toward the end, it really did start to seem a lot more real and I thought that I had the chops to do it. I always had my eye on the prize throughout the whole season and I thought I played a very meticulous game that benefited me in the end.
During the game, he and Spencer were close buddies and allies. The two had whispered game play moves back and forth throughout the entire game. When it came down to the final three, Spencer believed his pal would take him to the end. Instead, Andy chose GinaMarie to accompany him into the final two circle.
I chose GinaMarie because Spencer was -- GinaMarie is my very close friend, but I almost would say Spencer was an even closer friend to me in the house. GinaMarie and I had pledged loyalty to each other the first week in this game and I knew the journey would see me as disloyal and I needed a loyalty card to play if I wanted a well-rounded game. I thought if I could show them that I held loyal to someone…I never nominated her, she never nominated me. I brought her to the end with me, that that would be the ace that I needed to win.
Andy believed that he could beat GinaMarie and that he could beat Spencer. Feeling that GinaMarie would be a tough cookie, he thought it was still doable and he could win the final night by doing what he is hired to do --public speech.
In the end, Herren was pleased with what he said. He felt he had indeed accomplished his goal. Walking away with the half-million dollar prize proves that he did.
Andy claims he wasn’t all that surprised with the final 7-2 vote.
I wasn’t too surprised. I thought Aaryn would’ve voted for GinaMarie because they were so close. Judd, I think, is a wonderful guy and cares a lot about both of us. I thought he was a little more strategic. Being such a strategic lover of the game, I thought I would get his vote and I was surprised that I didn’t. At the same time, I hold nothing against him. I did think that I was going to do well with the votes based on how I played and what I said in the debate.
Since Andy received plenty of comments about his remarks and actions on Big Brother, the College of DuPage has ensured the public knows that Andy is not a faculty member per se, but someone who is hired as a separate entity to teach public speaking classes. When asked about his relationship with the college after his season in the Big Brother house, Andy replied:
I don’t know what to make of that because I wasn’t essentially teaching there. I didn’t have a full-time job. I was adjunct faculty and so I worked semester to semester. If I lost my job over this, I’m going to be very upset because I don’t think I did anything to merit me losing my job. Sure, some of the stuff I said might have been ridiculous or vulgar but at the same time I did comedy and things like that so people understand it’s my personality. I never said anything that I thought was super mean. I mean, ugh, maybe a little toward Elissa. I never said anything I thought was really, really malicious or hateful or racial or things like that, like a lot of the controversy of the season stemmed from. And I hope they understand that. You can ask any of my students that I have taught before, I am a caring, loving professor who loves what I do. If this hurt my career, I would definitely be upset about that. Hopefully people will see the true me and realize that if I’m associated with that stuff, it’s wrongfully so. I hope all will be well.
Andy plans on being careful with the half-million he won from the game. He states he’s never had such a high amount of money before and will be careful with it. He would like to travel because he’s never been able to afford travel before but other than that, he will be banking it.