Sitting for an interview at The Huffington Post to promote the new season of The Talk, Julie Chen dished on her post eviction interview with Big Brother Aaryn Gries, who became a controversial figure after making racist and homophobic remarks in the house.
On Aaryn’s excuse that everyone in Texas makes racist jokes, Julie said:
One of my oldest friends from college is an anchor in Austin, Texas, and he emailed me and said, ‘Wow, your contestant, your houseguest, has been the leading story everyday for like a week-and-a-half.’ I said, ‘Well what is the buzz over there?’ He said, ‘Oh, this town has disowned her. We are ashamed. And like, I couldn’t tell her all that kind of stuff, that’s not the time or place. She will find out later on. But I thought, ‘Wow, she has a lot of learning to do, and a lot of growing up to do.'”
Julie revealed Aaryn’s reaction to the interview:
I know that after she got walked off our live stage and you get debriefed by the producers, they told me, they said she was shook. She was very quiet. I’m happy to hear that because that tells me she’s replaying and rethinking her actions and her words. And I think when she gets out of the jury house and all the journalists ask her, and are not as straight down the middle as I think played it, she’s going to have a lot of thinking to do. I think she will realize. Because she’ll go watch the tapes. You can’t tell me, if you’re a normal human being, watching those tapes you could say, ‘I see nothing wrong with what I said or did.'”
Watch the entire interview below.