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Gay Houseguest Andy Herren Removed from College Teaching Job Over Comments on 'Big Brother'

Andy HerrenAdd another name to the list of 'Big Brother' contestants rebuked by their real-world employers as a direct result of gameplay and gametalk in this season's house. On Friday, the College of DuPage distanced themselves from openly gay contestant Andy Herren, stating in a Facebook post that he is no longer working for them and is now unemployed. From the post:

"Andy Herren has formerly worked for College of DuPage as a part-time instructor. He does not currently work for the College. Any behavior or language he uses on the CBS reality show "Big Brother" does not represent the opinions or values of College of DuPage."

Although certainly one of the less offensive houseguests this summer (which isn't saying much), Andy nonetheless participated in many of the controversial conversations that made this season so newsworthy. Last week, Andy vocally agreed with finalist GinaMarie that many of the evicted houseguests were "robotic biracials."

Now, all three of this season's finalists have been publicly admonished by their employers for in-game behavior and words. Back in July, GinaMarie Zimmerman was fired from her job as a New York pageant coordinator for her racist comments made against black and Asian-American contestants. Spencer Clawson, who serves as a railroad conductor for Union Pacific, was also denounced by his employer earlier this season for his homophobic and pro-Hitler remarks on the show.

Because the season is still ongoing, all three remain blissfully unaware of any controversies or firings. That all changes this Wednesday during the live finale.  

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  1. This one doesn't seem fair. Anyone who watches the show (and especially the live feeds) knows that Andy isn't one of the problem contestants. One of the other finalists, Spencer, made jokes about being a pedophile--and he kept his job. If Andy doesn't shut down racist talk, it's because this game is structured a lot like life: If you make waves with the powers that be, you lose.

    I personally think he can do better than this college anyway. In the first episode of the season, in the package of clips depicting his life back home, he was shown teaching a class in a multicolored tee-shirt. So maybe not being associated with a college where professors have a dress code like that will be a good thing for him.

    Posted by: DrunkEnough | Sep 16, 2013 12:19:16 PM

  2. I blush to think about the conversations that me and my fellow teachers in Dublin have had on our lunch breaks. Nothing witlessly racist or anything like that, but some jokes that you'd need a cable package to hear on TV. It's all about knowing who you're with. With close friends, you can say almost anything but I wouldn't release the transcripts for a million dollars.

    Posted by: Chaz | Sep 16, 2013 12:22:39 PM

  3. I think "fired" is a bit presumptuous. "Professor" can be anything from tenured faculty to part time, temporary teacher. It's entirely possible Herren left the DuPage job to do Big Brother and the college is just clarifying that he is not a current employee in the FB post. There's very little context around it to know what really happened.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 16, 2013 12:27:38 PM

  4. Was he actually fired or was he just not assigned to teach classes for the summer and fall semesters since he knew he was going to be on the show? He's not a tenured professor so his position is not guaranteed year to year. Sounds like the school just wanted to clarify that he doesn't represent them since they aren't widely known.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 16, 2013 12:28:11 PM

  5. This article is simply wrong. Andy left the college to go on the show. So the college's statement that he is a former employee is correct. The college, along with every employer of all other contestants of BB15 were asked to comment about the nasty things said in the house. So no, Andy was not fired. This is what happens when Towleroad copies and pastes unreliable bloggers. Do better.

    Posted by: Roche | Sep 16, 2013 12:31:35 PM

  6. I agree with Jonathan. The statement doesn't say he's fired and we don't agree with him. It just clarifies that he's not working there right now and he's not speaking on the college's behalf.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 16, 2013 12:33:17 PM

  7. Just because you're gay doesn't mean you can't be a racist prick. Well technically it does since we should know fraking better, but yeah there you go.

    Posted by: Cyberman | Sep 16, 2013 12:35:41 PM

  8. Aaryn Gries was also fired from her modeling agency for offensive comments she made on the show.

    Posted by: BillTWhitis | Sep 16, 2013 12:36:09 PM

  9. He shouldn't say racist crap on the air or off the air for that matter. Of course he has every right to say it but he shouldn't be suprised if he is held accountable. Race is a very sensitive subject and minorities have to put up with being made aware of their race constantly. He is a gay man and you think he would be more sympathetic or unwilling to use dehumanizing language. Bi racial robot?!

    Posted by: Isaac | Sep 16, 2013 12:37:59 PM

  10. He shouldn't say racist crap on the air or off the air for that matter. Of course he has every right to say it but he shouldn't be suprised if he is held accountable. Race is a very sensitive subject and minorities have to put up with being made aware of their race constantly. He is a gay man and you think he would be more sympathetic or unwilling to use dehumanizing language. Bi racial robot?!

    Posted by: Isaac | Sep 16, 2013 12:37:59 PM

  11. Just last night, Andy was talking about former female houseguests who he said went down on themselves in the house and got guys off by screwing them with their empty eye sockets. This was followed by more remarks about Helen's Asian eyes. He is vile ... and will probably win.

    Posted by: Marcus | Sep 16, 2013 12:47:03 PM

  12. So now that it's a homo from this trash heap of a TV "show" some of you homos are up inflamed (no pun intended)? Seriously? Shame on you. And shame on the millions of moronic idiots who watch this show.

    Posted by: rocker rocker | Sep 16, 2013 12:49:07 PM

  13. like others have commented, i didn't interpret the post by dupage as a termination, simply a well crafted comment to absolve themselves of andy's behavior. will he work at dupage again? who knows.

    if the brenchel army has been torpedoing dupage's website following elissa's eviction, i don't blame dupage at all.

    Posted by: northalabama | Sep 16, 2013 1:03:54 PM

  14. Anyone who willingly appear in reality shows should expect this type of reactions from their employers. No one forced them to sign the consent form!

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 16, 2013 1:07:20 PM

  15. Andy also called Elissa's son that "STUPID" Autistic child. Wouldn't want a kid being taught by a teacher who thinks autistic kids are "STUPID. Andy is a horrible excuse for a teacher.

    Posted by: Illiot | Sep 16, 2013 1:15:09 PM

  16. Any Howard fans out there should check out the full frontal of him getting out the shower. Impressive.

    Posted by: Jon Acadia | Sep 16, 2013 1:17:29 PM

  17. @ Jonathan

    A "professor" is a VERY specific term. It is reserved for college teachers that have obtained a doctorate. The next rung down is a "lecturer" which is a college teacher that has a masters degree. An "instructor" is a glorified teacher's assistant which is at the bottom for college teachers.

    Students may use "professor" when addressing a college teacher but the actual title has specific qualifications attached to it.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 16, 2013 2:51:00 PM

  18. Part-time = Adjunct Professor, hired or re-hired each term. If he isn't teaching now, he isn't working for the college, and as an adjunct, he has no "legal right" to expect to be rehired. Adjuncts are at will employees.

    And I'm getting really tired of adjuncts promoting themselves as "faculty." Trust me, full time faculty jobs are usually very selective and they put you through hell to earn your tenure. Adjuncts show up, teach and go home.

    Yes I dated a professor at one time.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 16, 2013 2:53:32 PM

  19. Jon, got a link to that picture?

    Posted by: John Simpson | Sep 16, 2013 4:10:28 PM

  20. Even if the technicalities of the article about Andy being fired are wrong, I think we're missing the point. I think the main takeaway is that racist, homophobic, etc comments shouldn't be tolerated on or off the screen. Even if Andy wasn't fired because of it, he sure as hell should be. Being queer doesn't excuse you from being a bigot. To crack racist jokes or throw around slurs as a part of game-play is a level you should never have to stoop to in order to win money. Regardless, the winner of this season is going to need the money after their insensitive comments have been streamed live on the internet and on national television.

    Posted by: Nick | Sep 16, 2013 4:16:47 PM

  21. Mr. Towle, having grown up near College of Dupage, you should let people in on the 'secret' of the area around it, especially Wheaton - a bastion of conservative intellectuals lead by a christian college (Wheaton College) in a very reactionary area.

    and, yes, i know 'conservative intellectual' is an oxymoron...

    Posted by: mike/ | Sep 16, 2013 4:55:20 PM

  22. Andy has made some pretty misogynistic comments including perpetrating violence on Helen and then Elissa. As a gay male, I feel horribly embarrassed by his language and base behavior.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 16, 2013 4:55:54 PM

  23. Andy has made racist comments about Helen, an Asian cast member.

    Posted by: Oliver | Sep 16, 2013 7:31:17 PM

  24. I don't even consider working part time at a community college worthy of the "professor" title. What a joke!

    Posted by: Doug | Sep 16, 2013 8:32:06 PM

  25. All of these self righteous comments and not one of you has said if what he said was true or not. I don't watch the program so I don't know. What I do know is that these reality shows try to have one of everything, and to generate fake drama and animosity. Perhaps those who have left the show are robotic biracials. Maybe that's why they were on the show.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 16, 2013 8:54:59 PM

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