'Big Brother' houseguest Aaryn Gries: The modeling agency that fired me wasn't that great anyways, and six others already want me
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/19/2013
Big Brother houseguest Aaryn Gries apparently doesn't care she got dropped by her modeling agency as a result of the offensive comments she made during the reality competition's fifteenth season.
"You know, [my contract's] not there anymore, but to be honest with you, it really wasn't that great of an agency anyway," Gries told CBS' KCBS-TV affiliate in Los Angeles Wednesday night after Big Brother's finale aired.
"And I have six meetings with six new agencies tomorrow, so it's a better step."
Gries, a 22-year-old college student from San Angelo, TX, made national headlines this summer and was fired by her Zephyr Talent modeling agency in Austin, TX after Big Brother live-feed viewers caught her making controversial remarks about a few of her fellow houseguests.
"Be careful what you say in the dark, [you] might not be able to see the bitch," Gries said about black contestant Candice Stewart.
Referring to Asian American houseguest Helen Kim, Gries had said, "Shut up, go make some rice!"
When once talking about gay contestant Andy Herren, Gries joked, "No one is going to vote for whoever that queer puts up!"
Gries didn't really remember making such hurtful comments but still apologized for them during her post-eviction interview with Big Brother host Julie Chen late last month.
"Being Southern, it's a stereotype. And I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context and wrong and I do not mean to ever come off racist. I -- that's not me, and I apologize to anyone that I've offended for that," Gries explained at the time.
"And those things were not... meant to be serious, and if I said those things -- I feel horrible for that and I regret that."
Gries reiterated her prior apology during her interview with the CBS affiliate in LA, claiming she learned from the experience.
"The [racial remarks] were very ignorant and insensitive. I wasn't thinking before I spoke. I definitely don't feel that way and I think a lot of things were definitely taken out of context, unfortunately. I own up to it, but it is what it is, and I'm learning from it," Gries told KCBS-TV.