Another reality TV competition series wrapped up its season on Wednesday night, September 18. While “America’s Got Talent” crowned its season 8 winner over at NBC, “Big Brother 15” picked its own champion on CBS.
GinaMarie Zimmerman, Spencer Clawson and Andy Herren were the last three remaining contestants after spending 90 days in the house. In the first part of the HoH competition which took place almost a week ago, they held on in the skater-inspired challenge. Spencer was out quickly and GinaMarie won in this challenge, but she choked on some glitter.
Spencer next was pitted against Andy for the second part of the last HoH competition called “Crab Grab”, where they had to scale a wall and line up the houseguests’ heads in the order they left the house. Andy completed it first and faced off GinaMarie in the third part.
In the final part of the HOH competition, they answered questions about the jury members. After eight questions, Andy won by 1 point. As the last HoH, he got to choose whom he would take to the final two and he went with GinaMarie.
The jury members then showed up to ask questions to the two finalists. When asked why she thought she deserved to win, GinaMarie choked up explaining that she needed the money. Andy, meanwhile, was being honest when admitting that he kept everyone in the back and apologizing to Jessie and others for keeping them in the dark about their evictions.
In their speeches, GinaMarie apologized if she offended everybody and begged for the jury members’ votes, pointing out her colorful personality. Andy, on the other hand, claimed he had played a good game.
The votes were in and it was 7-2 in favor of Andy. He took home the $500,000 grand prize. Elissa Slater, meanwhile, won America’s votes to get the $25,000, with Howard Overby and Judd Daugherty as the other top three vote getters.
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“Big Brother 15” featured another double eviction as the show hit a milestone. With two weeks left before the show crowns a winner, the competition is in shortage of female players as two other girls were sent packing on its Thursday, September 5 outing, which marks the 500th episode for the reality series.
First to get the boot was Amanda, who was nominated along with Spencer. Amanda initially thought McCrae and Andy would be on her side, so she campaigned to get Elissa’s vote. Elissa agreed to keep Amanda. The vote result was a tie, so GinaMarie got to make the deciding vote. She chose to evict Amanda.
The remaining HouseGuests, minus GinaMarie, then played “Go Fetch!” to be the next HoH. They had to dig to find two bones and get their keys. McCrae was the first to get two bones and became the HoH. He nominated GinaMarie and Elissa for eviction.
The next game was for the Power of Veto. They were tasked to navigate a car through the maze. Judd finished it first and won the first PoV, but he decided not to use it and keep the nominations the same.
In the second voting of the episode, Elissa was evicted 3-0. In a post-eviction interview with Julie Chen, Elissa said she thought McCrae voted to evict Amanda, while the truth it was Andy who voted to evict Amanda.
Next week, two more will be evicted since there will be a special eviction episode on Wednesday, followed by another eviction episode on Thursday.
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Two things seemed unanimous Thursday night on CBS’ Big Brother: the decision to evict Aaryn Gries, and the reaction of the live studio audience as she then attempted to explain away the offensive remarks she made while living in the house.
After Judd, Spencer, GinaMarie, Amanda and McRae each voted to evict Aaryn, the (shhh!) ex-model said her farewells, exited the house and came out on stage, where host Julie Chen within the first 90 seconds pointed out that her behavior on the show had been perceived as racist.
“Being Southern, it’s a stereotype,” Aaryn started. “If I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context and wrong…. I did not mean to ever come off racist.” Cue the first burst of in-studio guffaws. “That’s not me,” she continued, “and I apologize to anyone I’ve offended.”
That’s when Chen — noting that “everything they say, everything they do” gets broadcast live on Internet — rattled off a small sampling of the racist and homophobic comments Aaryn made on the live feed, including her telling Helen, who’s Asian, to “Shut up, go make some rice!”
“I do not remember saying those things,” she claimed, as more laughs erupted from the audience. “That was not meant to be serious. And if I said those things… I feel horrible. I don’t even know what else to say about that.”
Reflecting on her time in the house, she contended, “I love everyone in there. Honestly, Andy (the target of her gay slur) and I are great friends, Candice (the African American she said couldn’t be found in the dark) and are great friends, I love Helen more than anything….” More audience titters.
Invited by Chen to offer her final thoughts, the gravity of how Aaryn represented herself to America seemed to hit the ex-houseguest, the smile quickly fading from her face.
“In Texas, we say things…. Sometimes we joke and we don’t mean it,” she offered. “I really feel bad that this is how it was being seen and how I’ve come across to people. I don’t want to seem like that person.”
Before Aaryn was sent off to the Jury House (aka the reason why she was shielded from the news that she lost her job back home), Chen offered this hope for the controversial evictee: “When this is all over you’re going to get to… watch a whole lot of footage. I hope and I think you might have a new perspective on things.”
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Another “Big Brother” contestant shocks viewers again with controversial remarks on the show. On Monday, August 5, Spencer Clawson was overheard talking about child pornography in the program’s 24-hour live feeds.
“I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y’all about that?” he’s captured telling fellow HouseGuest Spencer Clawson. He continued, “I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is.”
Spencer didn’t stop there as he later said to Amanda Zuckerman and Andy Herren, “I love it when they’re around 3 or 4 years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they’re in a basement.” Andy looked uncomfortable, saying, “Oh God,” before changing the subject.
Police in Spencer’s hometown in Arkansas were alerted to his offensive comments and have launched an investigation, but found nothing so far. “The Conway Police Department was alerted to comments made. Due to the nature of the comments, our department moved quickly to look into the matter. At this time we haven’t found that any criminal act was committed,” Chief AJ Gary tells TMZ.
CBS has also released a statement in regards to Spencer’s statements. ” ‘Big Brother’ is a reality show following a group of people who have no privacy 24/7, and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Spencer on the live Internet feed to be offensive,” it states.
“Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on ‘Big Brother’, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking, and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”
The network previously released a similar statement after HouseGuests Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman stirred a controversy with their racial slurs. CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves recently said at the TCA that “some of the [contestants'] behavior absolutely appalling.”
Spencer is currently among the nominated HouseGuests for eviction, replacing Jessie who won the Power of Veto. He’s in the chopping block along with Candice and Amanda, who was chosen by this week’s MVP GinaMarie.
“The Talk” co-presenter Julie Chen, who also hosts “Big Brother“, shared her feelings about the offensive remarks made on the CBS show by the contestants. During a Monday discussion with Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood, Chen said she took offense at the insensitive comments, especially the ones that made fun of Asians.
“When I first heard found out that Aaryn [Gries], who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most. I heard about her describing Asians as ‘squinty-eyed’ and ‘go make a bowl of rice,’ ” Chen said. “It stung. I took it personally; I’m a human being.”
“The really sad part was it took me back to the ’70s when I was growing up in Queens and when I was 7 years old being bullied being called a chink and people pulling their eyes. But it took me back so many years and I thought to myself: Wow I haven’t heard comments like that. The year is 2013 … and then I felt ignorant.”
“Wow, there are people who still live in this country who feel that way and act that way. Yes, there is. Yes, there is. And afterward, it just made me sad because she’s 22 and she’s college-educated,” she added.
CBS initially censored the TV broadcast, though those unsavory remarks appeared on the internet feed. After getting criticized for not exposing the racists, the network decided to air some of the derogatory terms and show how the other HouseGuests reacted to the insults.
“The Talk” co-host Sara Gilbert commended CBS for that, “I feel like it’s good for people to see it and let these people deal with these consequences when they get out of the house.”
Following the controversy, Aaryn was dropped by her modeling agency and lost a gig with Bella Petite magazine. Fellow contestant GinaMarie, a pageant coordinator, was also fired from her day job for throwing insensitive remarks.
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