“Big Brother” Houseguests React to Losing Their Jobs
The Hollywood Reporter talked with several of the houseguests to get their reactions to learning how much controversy surrounded the season.
The 22-year-old Texan was at the center of the storm. She used several racial slurs against African Americans and Asians. Many of her comments have prompted her to be dropped by her talent agency. Gries talks about her actions in the house:
"I definitely was shocked with how serious things were taken." She continues: "Some of the things were taken out of context but either way, I definitely regret saying those things. I never wanted to hurt or offend anyone, and when I realized how I had affected people, it made me really think about how I'm going about things. And I need to be more cognizant of what I'm doing and saying all the time."
The Hollywood Reporter asked about her firing from her modeling agency, Gries claimed she was already on the way out. "I was on the rocks with the agency before I even came here," she said, "and I do have more opportunities".
She was the runner-up, but has also lost her job as a Pageant Manager after she made several racial slurs in the house. She has also voiced regret over some of the "unruly" things that "came out" of her mouth. "I definitely regret that and [would] take that back if I could." Zimmerman called her firing "unfortunate, because pageant's my whole world and so are the kids." She adds: "I'm always there for them, and hopefully when time passes, they might welcome me back. We just got to wait and see what happens."
Clawson's employer, the Union Pacific Railroad, released a statement distancing itself from him after hearing some of his remarks on the show. "I hope I continue working for them," Clawson told THR. "After this, I've got a big mess to clean up back home, but at the same time, hopefully I can handle that with the grace that I handled being up on the block in the house so much. I just got to stay calm, cool and hopefully everything will work out for me." Clawson adds: "I don't have any hate in my heart. I try to be a good person, and I know there were some comments I said that got taken out of context or even the context they were taken may not have been appropriate."
She learned about the reaction to her nastiness immediately upon her eviction when she was boo'd by more than half of the audience. The luxury Florida real estate agent has this response to her critics: "bullying is a very hot topic right now, and it's viewed differently by different people. I personally don't feel like I was bullying anyone. I'm a strong woman and that can rub people the wrong way, but that made me a strong competitor and that's why I made it far in the game." Zuckerman knows she has some "smoothing over" to do. "I know I've offended people and I'm super apologetic for that. [That] definitely wasn't my intention and I just want to move forward in a positive light. Do good things in the public eye and not be seen negatively."