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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.  


Julie Chen Grills Evicted 'Big Brother' Contestant Aaryn Gries for Homophobic and Racist Slurs: VIDEO

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Last night's episode of Big Brother saw 22-year-old Texas college student Aaryn Gries evicted from the house in a unanimous vote. While a formidable competitor in physical challenges, Gries's gameplay was overshadowed by the racist and homophobic comments she made earlier this season that were recorded on the show's live feeds.

Gries's ousting from the house (accompanied by a chilly reception from the studio audience) finally allowed her to face some of the consequences of her game talk. And while Gries initially attempted to sweep the issue under the rug by saying her comments were "taken completely out of context," host Julie Chen pulled no punches in grilling Gries during the exit interview.

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Screen Shot 2013-08-30 at 1.31.46 PMCHEN: "We want to point out everyone in the house went in knowing that everything they say, everything they do gets broadcast live on the internet. So when you say the intention was not to hurt anyone, let me just read back some of the things you said. Referring to [African-American contestant] Candice, you said 'Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not see the b*tch.' Referring to [Asian-American contestant] Helen, you said 'Shut up, go make some rice.' Referring to [openly gay contestant] Andy, you said "No one is going to vote for whoever that queer puts up." Can you see how those things could be interpreted as racist and as homophobic?"

GRIES: "I do, but I do not remember saying those things [audience laughs]. And those things were not meant to be serious and if I said those things I feel horrible for that and I regret that. I don't even know what else to say about that...

Towards the end of the interview, however, Gries seems to finally understand the gravity of her situation:

"I honestly feel horrible. I feel like, in Texas we say things that are, sometimes we joke and we don't mean it and I really feel bad that this is how its being seen and how I've come across to people. I don't want to seem like that person and I really do respect everyone in this game although we've had some hard times cause we're all fighting for our lives in the game."

Because Gries is heading to the jury house portion of the game, she was unfortunately not informed of her newly minted unemployment status as a result of the statements.

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'Big Brother' Houseguest Amanda's Racism and Homophobia Revealed in Ugly Supercut: VIDEO

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The YouTube user who created this supercut notes that thus far Big Brother producers have painted a picture of Amanda Zuckerman as some sort of "social justice warrior" but as this supercut of her racist and homophobic remarks from the live feeds reveals, it looks as though that's not the case.

Writes the uploader: "Amanda is one of the worst and most unrepentant offenders in the house. This video only shows a SMALL fraction of her horrible comments."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously...
CBS Airs Disclaimer Over Racist, Homophobic Statements from 'Big Brother' Houseguests
Big Brother's Aaryn Gries Thinks 'It's a Joke' That People Say She's Racist: VIDEO [tlrd]
Jewish Anti-Defamation League Condemns 'Big Brother' Hate Speech [tlrd]
Julie Chen Says She is 'Offended, Hurt' by Racism, Homophobia on 'BB15': VIDEO [tlrd]
All of Big Brother's Racism and Homophobia in One Video: WATCH [tlrd]

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Julie Chen 'Enraged' by 'Big Brother' Racist Aaryn Gries: VIDEO

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Big Brother host Julie Chen spoke out again about the ongoing racism in the BB15 house (latest update HERE).

Said Chen after watching a segment with the other hosts on The Talk:

“My heart is pounding. Am I the only one who feels so enraged?… I think it shows us all that in 2013, race is still a deeply, deeply personal issue [and] it is so extremely hurtful.”

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CBS Airs Disclaimer Over Racist, Homophobic Statements from 'Big Brother' Houseguests: VIDEO

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For the first time in 15 seasons, CBS aired a disclaimer before broadcast of Big Brother in response to outrage over racist, homophobic, and other prejudiced remarks by some of the houseguests.

JeremyLast night's episode featured one segment in which Amanda called out Aaryn for her racism, warning that Aaryn was going to be judged by America. The houseguests, of course, have no idea what repercussions their remarks are having in the real world.

A new clip from the live feeds shows BB15 houseguest Howie, who is black, leaving the backyard after Jeremy (right) calls himself "African" because he has flies landing on him while he is eating.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously...
Big Brother's Aaryn Gries Thinks 'It's a Joke' That People Say She's Racist: VIDEO [tlrd]
Jewish Anti-Defamation League Condemns 'Big Brother' Hate Speech [tlrd]
Julie Chen Says She is 'Offended, Hurt' by Racism, Homophobia on 'BB15': VIDEO [tlrd]
All of Big Brother's Racism and Homophobia in One Video: WATCH [tlrd]

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Big Brother's Aaryn Gries Thinks 'It's a Joke' That People Say She's Racist: VIDEO

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Aaryn Gries, the 22-year-old college student at the epicenter over the controversy over the racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and sexist comments emerging from the show's live feeds, says she doesn't care and thinks it's obnoxious that people are accusing her of racism in a segment aired on the broadcast version last night.

Says Gries when warned that other housemates think her comments are wrong:

"That's the most obnoxious, annoying thing I've ever heard...I'm not even gonna acknowledge it, because it's the biggest joke. I really just think that it's the most immature thing ever. They call me Barbie and all sorts of ---- about me being blonde all the time, so what's the difference? I wish that I cared more about this, but I don't..."

For a sample of the comments, click HERE.

Since the segment aired, another fight erupted in the house after Aaryn mocked the black housemates in a voice TMZ describes as "a callback to a white slavemaster talking to slave on a plantation."

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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