|Julie Chen talks about Aaryn Gries' Exit Interview on Big Brother 15|
A viewer tweeted a question for Julie regarding Aaryn's exit interview: "I wanna hear what was going through her head as she was talking to Aaryn!!"
Julie Chen's response: "I was thinking before she stepped out, this is going to go down one of three ways. She's either going to dig her heels in and not own up to her words, or she's going to cry and then I'm going to not be sure where to go next, because I never wanna make anyone that I'm interviewing, whether it's on The Talk or Big Brother, feel like I'm attacking them. But I wanted the questions answered. So what was going through my head was, was she somewhat aware that what she did in the house was really frowned upon by the public? Because the live audience was heckling her. I thought, 'I am surprised that she is staying composed and at least attempting to answer the questions.' And that made me impressed that she wasn't just like, 'I never said that,' or this and that. She did say, 'If I offended anyone I apologize,' and I thought, 'thank goodness you said that, for your own good.' But then she said, 'BUT, I'm from Texas and that's how we talk in Texas,' and I thought, (makes sound).."
"You know she lost me when she had the 'BUT' ..what was going through my mind, and I didn't say it because it wouldn't be appropriate for me to say, I wanted to say, 'No, that's not how everyone in Texas speaks. 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.'"
The interviewer asks Julie is she thinks Aaryn Gries "gets it," meaning, understands why there has been such controversy.
"I think she's starting to now because right now she's locked up in the jury, and 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 Julie Chen's interview about Aaryn Gries' BB15 exit interview: