*It finally happened.
One of the “Big Brother” racists was evicted on Thursday, and was blindsided with questions about her past comments by host Julie Chen – all on live television. [Scroll down to watch.]
Aaryn Gries, the 22-year-old houseguest from Texas who has made several derogatory remarks about African American, Asian American and gay members of the house, was evicted by her fellow houseguests on Thursday’s live broadcast.
The first person she saw when she departed the house was Chen, who has spoken out against Gries, saying that as an Asian American she was personally hurt and offended by Aaryn’s remarks.
Gries was met with lighter-than-usual applause and a smattering of boos from the live audience when she exited the house. Her subsequent interview with Chen got tense when she began asking the college student about some of her comments made during the show’s live Internet feed. Aaryn was initially defensive.
“Being Southern is a stereotype, and I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context,” Gries said. “I do not mean ever to come off racist — that’s not me, and I apologize to everyone I’ve offended for that.”
Later, she said: “I do not remember saying those things,” as several audience members laughed derisively.
But Chen continued to press her about the slurs, which were first revealed on the show’s 24-hour live webstream. Gries, clearly caught off guard, became more dismayed and less defiant.
Then, Chen went in for the kill by reading back some of the remarks attributed to Gries, including her comment in reference to black houseguest Candice: (“Be careful what you say in the dark, might not get to see the b**ch.”) Chen also reminded Gries of her comment about Asian American houseguest Helen (“Shut up and go make some rice.”)
“I feel horrible,” Gries said, her eyes at one point appearing to well up. “In Texas, we say things that … 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 be seen like that.”
The departure took place during the show’s regular live weekly installment when members of the house vote to kick out one of two houseguests up for eviction. Gries was voted out unanimously.
Gries, a college student who lives in San Angelo, Texas, had been the most notorious houseguest this summer. She has already lost her job at a modeling agency as a result of the remarks, and her mother several weeks ago hired a publicist to deal with the fallout from the comments.
CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, who is married to Chen, recently said he found the comment by Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman, another houseguest who is still in the house, “absolutely appalling.”
Gries and the other houseguests are isolated in the house and shielded from the outside world, so they have no idea of the brewing controversy regarding the racial tensions in the house.
And because Gries will be part of the jury that will determine the winner who scores the grand prize, Chen told the audience that the recent evictee would continue to be isolated in another location and not told about the fallout.
Chen wrapped the exit interview by telling Gries she would get to review a lot of the video from the show when she goes home to Texas. And when that happens, “I hope, and think you might have a new perspective on things.”
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