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'Big Brother 15' Cast: Aaryn Gries & GinaMarie Zimmerman Fired from Jobs After Racist, Homophobic Comments

Two 'Big Brother 15' houseguests have been fired from their jobs after a series of racist and homophobic comments were captured on the show's 24/7 live feeds.

By Kevin Jacobsen, EnStars on Jul 03, 2013 05:10 PM EDT
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Aaryn Gries of 'Big Brother 15' (Photo : CBS.com)
GinaMarie Zimmerman
GinaMarie Zimmerman of 'Big Brother 15' (Photo : CBS.com)

Two Big Brother 15 houseguests have been fired from their day jobs after a series of racist and homophobic comments were captured on the show's 24/7 live feeds.

Aaryn Gries, the 22-year-old college student from Texas, was fired by her modeling agency Zephyr Talent, TMZ reported Wednesday. The agency cited Gries' prejudices as something they "do not condone."

The agency added, "We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent."

In the footage, Gries referred to gay contestant Andy Herren as a "queer" and said that Asian American contestant Helen Kim should "shut up and go make some rice." She also joked, "Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see that b---," referring to African American contestant Candice Stewart.

GinaMarie Zimmerman, a 32-year-old pageant consultant from Staten Island, NY, was also fired Wednesday from her job at East Coast USA Pageant, Inc. The company said that they were surprised that Zimmerman could "display such acts of hate and racism."

The pageant company said that they had never seen Zimmerman display such acts of racism before, but they were "actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is."

"We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants," the company added. 

A representative for the company said they were especially upset because they told their young pageant contestants to watch the show, thinking she would be a role model.

"In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day," the company continued, "we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal."

Zimmerman has come under fire for her own batch of racist comments, which has included saying that African-American contestants tend to stick together since they're the "tokens" of the cast and referring to welfare as "n---- insurance." She added that Stewart is on the dark side "because she already is dark." She also said she wanted to set Kim's eyes straight, making her own comment about telling her to "serve them rice."

CBS released their own statement Wednesday saying that they "do not condone" the derogatory comments.

None of the comments have aired on the CBS episodes of Big Brother. It is unknown if they will be addressed on Wednesday night's live show, which will air at 8 p.m. on the network.

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