Aaryn Gries was evicted from the “Big Brother 15” house on Aug. 29, 2013, and received a smattering of applause and some hearty boos as she walked out the door toward Julie Chen for her live eviction interview.
In a riveting sit down, Julie Chen was diplomatic, but firm, asking Aaryn first about her time in the “Big Brother” house and the game itself, but then went on to more pressing issues, such as Aaryn’s racist comments in the house.
Julie told her that early on she had said “some pretty harsh things” about other house guests and was warned by Amanda that her words could be interpreted as being racist.
“How do you respond to that?” Julie asked.
Aaryn replied, “Being Southern is 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, that’s not me and I apologize to anyone that I’ve offended for that.”
As she spoke chuckling could be heard coming from the audience.
Julie then pointed out that house guests know upon entering the “Big Brother” house that everything that is said and done gets broadcast live on the Internet.
She added, “So when you say the intention was not to hurt anyone, let me just read back a few of the things you said.”
Aaryn appeared to be a bit stunned and shaken when Julie began reading off some of the statements she made in the house.
Julie noted, “Referring to Candice you said, ‘Be careful what you say in the dark, might not be able to see the b****,’ referring to Helen you said, ‘Shut up! Go make some rice,’ and referring to Andy you said, ‘no one’s going to vote for whoever that q**** puts up.’”
Julie then asked Aaryn, “Can you see how those things can be interpreted as racist and homophobic?”
Aaryn answered, “I do. I do not remember saying those things,” at which point audience members let out moans and laughs in disbelief.
“That was not meant to be serious,” Aaryn added, “and if I said those things… I feel horrible for that and I regret that…”
Julie asked if being in the “Big Brother” house has taught her anything.
Aaryn said she feels like a different person leaving the house and she loves everyone in the game.
She went on to say, “Honestly, Andy and I are great friends, Candice and I are great friends… I love Helen more than anything," which created a stir in the audience, "and that hurts me that… I would say something like that.”
After listening to a few goodbye message from her fellow cast mates, Julie asked if she had any final thoughts to which Aaryn replied, “I honestly… I feel horrible. I feel like in Texas like we say things… sometimes we joke and we don’t mean it and I really feel bad that this is how it’s being seen and how I’ve come across to people. I don’t want to seem like that person and I really do respect everyone in this game…”
The interview was clearly a shock to Aaryn’s system as she looked completely deflated toward the end of the interview. However, Julie closed with saying she hopes that after Aaryn watches footage of herself in the “Big Brother” house she will “have a new perspective on things.”
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CBS' “Big Brother” airs Wednesdays and Sundays at 8 pm ET, and Thursdays at 9 pm.
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