As Big Brother 15 crowned its $500,000 winner Wednesday night, the fallout continues as the houseguests now learn what was going on outside of the BB house while they were sequestered inside. Andy Herrin was voted the winner by a vote of 7 to 2 over fellow final-two GinaMarie Zimmerman. Now the "Big Brother" cast members are speaking out about their controversial racist and homophobic comments, as well as the fact that four of them may have lost their day jobs, including winner Andy, according to NBC's Today on Sept. 20.
The live audience, online-feed viewers and headline readers were all taken aback from outside of the "Big Brother" house as this controversial season unfolded.
Each week viewers were treated to a barrage of disparaging remarks from houseguests, who are now distancing themselves from their derogatory comments.
GinaMarie, the very definition of the wears her heart on her sleeve-type, fessed up to her bad behavior saying, "You know, I got a big mouth sometimes. I've got to keep it shut".
Aaryn Gries, who took the most early flack from her politically incorrect statements, took the fact that her modeling agency dropped her with quite the modicum of indifference.
She said with a smile that it wasn't that great of an agency anyway, adding that she has six meetings with six new agencies, "so it's a better step".
Aaryn did say though, that she's owning up to her remarks and once again expressed her sorrow for the things she said. Click here to read more about what she and others uttered during the reality show.
Gries called what she said very ignorant and insensitive. She reiterated that her comments were taken out of context, and that she's learning from the experience.
Spencer Clawson, the third runner-up in BB, still has a thread of hope in keeping his job as a Union Pacific Railroad conductor. Since he's unionized, the company and union are still investigating as to what his job status will be.
Clawson also issued an apology, calling his utterances "boneheaded", and "bad jokes". He hopes he can return to his job with the railroad, as well as a normal life.
Spencer famously called winner-pal Andy "Kermit the fag" early on, but throughout the season, he was seen hugging him numerous times and was clearly a close friend of his.
Meanwhile Andy, the big winner of the half-million dollar prize, was a double-edged sword in the BB house. The target of homophobic remarks by fellow houseguests, he in turn came under fire himself for misogynistic comments he made on the show.
He issued an apology via Twitter to Elissa, who was the target of his ill-conceived C-word rants, saying he's truly sorry. "To anyone I offended, especially Elissa, I am sorry", he tweeted Thursday.
"Big Brother" may be over for this summer, but despite all the controversy, CBS has already renewed the venerable reality TV show for next year.