Big Brother 15: Aaryn Gries Not Sincere Says Julie Chen
Big Brother 15Aaryn Gries Not Sincere Says Julie ChenJulie Chen
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sounds off on Aaryn Gries
' exit interview. 'Big Brother 15
' host doesn't think controversial houseguest's apology was sincere
"Big Brother 15
" host Julie Chen
has opened up about her exit interview with Aaryn Gries
, confessing she didn't believe the contestant's apology for making racist remarks was entirely sincere. Last Thursday, controversial contestant Gries was evicted from the house, and had to face Chen for a final interview. Unaware of how her various racist and homophobic remarks had been received by the public, Gries walked into the live studio audience with a mixed reaction of cheers and boos. When Chen repeated some of Gries' derogatory comments, Gries defended herself: "Being Southern, it's a stereotype. I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context and wrong. I don't mean to ever come off racist. That's not me and I apologize to anyone that I have offended."
On Tuesday, Chen told late night host David Letterman that producers initially thought Gries was going to be "America's sweetheart." Chen explained, "Still today, we think we've come so far when it comes to race relations and our views. But the fact that someone who is college-educated can move into a house where they all know ... they all know everything they say and do is being broadcast live to the Internet. And intentionally getting on the network broadcast, to say such ugly things? That's heartbreaking." While Chen did appreciate that the 22-year-old was remorseful, the host didn't fully believe Gries was entirely sincere. Chen adds, "She seemed dumbfounded by her own words. I do applaud the fact that she said 'I'm sorry if I offended anyone.' But then she talked out of the other side of her mouth, and she said, 'But.' Any time you apologize and there's a 'but,' to me it's not a real apology. She tried to justify it, and she said, 'But I'm from Texas, and that's just how we talk.' And I thought, 'The one base you have, you just offended another huge group of people. Guess what? Not everyone from Texas talks like that."
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