"Big Brother 15" came to a dramatic end Sept. 18 on CBS as the nine member jury voted Andy Herren the season's $500,000 winner over runner-up GinaMarie Zimmerman. Elissa Slater, the younger sister of "BB13" victor Rachel Reilly, bested runners-up Judd Daugherty and Howard Overby to earn a $25,000 prize for being voted America's favorite house guest.
The final decision came down to Herren and Zimmerman after the former used the final head of household title to evict Spencer Clawson. Although none of the final three house guests were particularly popular with viewers, Herren's decision stunned three-time "BB" player Janelle Pierzina, who tweeted disbelief with "Omg #What !?!! Andy!!!! Thought he would take Spencer! #BigBrother #BB15."
After the last two standing answered a series of questions, Helen Kim, Slater, Candice Stewart, Clawson, Amanda Zuckerman, McCrae Olson and Jessie Kowalski voted to give Herren the win, while Daugherty and Aaryn Gries cast votes in favor of Zimmerman.
Shortly after the final 7-2 verdict came down, "BB" alums took to Twitter to congratulate Herren on his victory.
"Big Brother 10" winner Dan Gheesling praised Herren's answers to the jury's questions before offering up his sincere congratulations, tweeting "You played the best game out of the Final 3. Enjoy tonight sir, it will be a night you will always remember. #BB15."
Wil Heuser, who took part in "BB14," congratulated Herren for another accomplishment when he tweeted "Congrats to Andy for being the first LGBT contestant to win Big Brother! #BB15."
Even Pierzina, who entered the finale rooting for Zimmerman, sent kind words in Herren's direction, tweeting "Congrats to Andy! You deserve it!" before congratulating Slater on taking the favorite player prize.
Danielle Reyes, who was the runner up on "BB3" and competed again as an all-star in 2006, had a different reaction to Herren's win. After tweeting her congratulations, she suggested that Herren make amends with Slater, who he trashed verbally the last week of the show, writing "I hope that you take the time to accept your actions and you owe an apology to Elissa. @rachelereilly#bb15."
"Big Brother" returns to CBS during the summer of 2014.