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Julie Chen Not Buying Aaryn Gries 'Big Brother 15' Apology (Video)

Friday, 06 Sep 2013 01:35 PM

By Clyde Hughes

"Big Brother" host Julie Chen said she didn't buy an apology from booted contestant Aaryn Gries over alleged racial and homophobic remarks made while part of the house for "Big Brother 15."

Chen made the remarks about Gries on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday (video below).

"We think we've come so far when it comes to race relations and our views," Chen told Letterman. "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."

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During the show, Gries was overheard telling Asian-American contestant Helen Kim she should "go make rice" and later saying "I probably look like a squinty Asian right now," according to E! News. Gries later mocked Asian nail salon workers, saying, "Why you no have boyfriend? It's because you don't want long nail."

In addressing gay contestant Andy Herren, Gries told fellow housemates "no one's going to vote for whoever that queer puts up."

When Gries was voted out of the house on Aug. 29, she defended her comments to Chen during the Big Brother exit interview.

"Being Southern, it's a stereotype," Gries said during the interview with Chen, according to TVGrapevine.com. "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."

TMZ.com reported that the Zephyr Modeling Agency dropped Gries as a client in July when her comments made national headlines.

Chen said during the "Big Brother" screening process, producers had a different view of Gries.

"When she was first picked as one of the housemates, we all thought she's going to be America's sweetheart," Chen told Letterman during Tuesday's show. "She's a beautiful looking girl, long blonde hair like the girl next door."

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