Aaryn Gries has been eliminated from the Big Brother house! The controversial cast member, who has outraged fans of the show with her racist comments all season, gave an interview immediately after being eliminated to The Talk moderator Julie Chen. In the interview, Gries denied being racist and said her intentions were taken out of context by the other contestants.
When Chen mentioned that some of her Big Brother housemates had accused her of her being racist, Gries said she didn’t mean to come off that way and said her southern background led to her being stereotyped. “In Texas, we say things. Sometimes we joke and we don’t mean it,” she tried to explain. “I feel how bad it is being seen and how I’ve come across to people. I don’t want to seem like that person.”
However, Chen immediately read off some of the racist comments Gries has had this season, as the Big Brother contestant’s mouth dropped in horror. Among the comments brought up were Gries telling Asian contestant Helen Kim to “go make some rice” and calling gay contestant Andy Herren a “queer.” When speaking about a black house member, Gries also told another contestant: “Be careful what you say in the dark. You might not get to see the b*tch.”
Gries said she regretted her comments, but was unsure if she actually said them and claimed to not remember making racist statements in the house. “I apologize to anyone I offended for that,” she said. “That was not meant to be serious and if I said those things, I feel horrible for that. I regret that.”
Although Gries has been eliminated from Big Brother, she is still removed from the outside world until the show ends next month because she made it to the “jury house.” That means she still has no idea about the major internet backlash over her racist comments, or that she was dropped by her modeling agency, Zephyr Talent, in response. A petition on change.org, which collected over 20,000 signatures, also called for CBS to step in and kick Gries out of the Big Brother house.
Gries previously denied to her Big Brother housemates that she was racist and claimed she had been stereotyped herself. She said: “They call me Barbie and all sorts of s*it about me being blond, so… what’s the difference? I wish that I cared more about this, but I don’t.”