“Big Brother” houseguest Aaryn Gries finally found herself in the hot seat after being evicted from the Big Brother house by a unanimous vote last night. Her exit interview was quite possibly the most anticipated moment of the season, and we’re only halfway to the finale!
The 22-year-old Texas native sparked controversy earlier in the season with a slew of racist and homophobic remarks directed at fellow houseguests. “Be careful what you say in the dark, might not be able to see the bitch,” she said of black houseguest Candice. Additionally, Gries told Asian houseguest Helen to “go make some rice,” and referred to gay houseguest Andy as “queer.”
CBS was urged by fans to air the comments during national broadcasts (they were previously only heard on live feeds available 24/7 online), prompting the show to air the first disclaimer in its 13-year-history.
Gries was welcomed by a mixed reaction from a live audience during the broadcast last night. She’s been in sequester while filming the show (and will remain in sequester until the finale next month), so she is still unaware that her remarks have sparked controversy and caused her to lose her job.
“Being Southern is a stereotype, and I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context,” she told host Julie Chen during her exit interview. “I do not mean ever to come off racist — that’s not me, and I apologize to everyone I’ve offended for that.”
After Chen read some of Gries’ remarks back to her, the college student added “I feel horrible. 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 be seen like that.”