Big Brother 15: Aaryn Gries Fired by Modeling Agency Over Racist Comments

Big Brother 2013 Aaryn GriesBig Brother 15 cast member Aaryn Gries may have decided to try out for Big Brother 2013 to get famous, but she’s ended up making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After the Texas native was caught making racist and homophobic comments on the Big Brother Live Feeds, many fans began calling for her to be kicked off the show. While CBS has declined to punish Aaryn over her offensive remarks, her modeling agency back in Austin, Texas is apparently not so lenient.

While Aaryn is certainly not the only Big Brother 15 HouseGuest who has been caught spewing hateful racism and homophobia in the house, she has been one of the worst offenders, along with GinaMarie, Spencer, David and Kaitlin. Producers have warned the HouseGuests over the loudspeaker in the house — and presumably in the Diary Room as well — not to make racial remarks against other cast members. Even after the warnings, however, some of the HGs have continued to do so.

Some of the growing list of offensive comments made by Aaryn on the Big Brother Live Feeds include:

  • (About Candice): “Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see the bitch.

  • (About Helen): “Dude, shut up, go make some rice.”

  • (About Candice): “I want to put a washcloth over her face and pour water over it.”

  • (About Andy): Andy will win Most Valuable Player because “people love the queers.”

  • (About Andy:) No one is going to vote for “whoever that queer puts up.”

  • Making fun of Candice for saying “axed” instead of “asked”

  • Comments about being so drunk she made “Asian eyes” and bragging about making “Asian eyes” in the Diary Room

  • Mocking the Asian women who do her nails.

  • Laughing and joking along with other cast members when they make racial or homophobic slurs

Modeling agent Zephyr Talent, based in Austin, decided to drop Aaryn from their roster after her nasty statements about several other Big Brother 2013 cast members sparked outrage from viewers.“Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone,” the agency said in a press release on their Facebook page. “We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by Aaryn, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are hers alone and do not represent the views or opinions of Zephyr Talent. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.”

After a slew of comments in response to their initial statement, the modeling agency issued a follow-up post stating: “Zephyr Talent appreciates the overwhelming support of our difficult decision to release Aaryn Elizabeth Gries from her contract. We wish Aaryn the best of luck in her future endeavors, and recognize that while not everyone will support our decision, we feel that this is in the best interest of our other clients and our company.”


“Zephyr Talent fully supports free speech, but we also know that free speech does not mean free of consequences. Zephyr Talent, as a company, has always and will continue to be strong supporters of the LGBT community, and we celebrate all races, religions and cultures. While we disagree with Aaryn’s statements, we defend her right to make them; however, due to their direct conflict with many of the values we hold at Zephyr, we cannot continue to allow her to represent our company, nor do we feel comfortable representing her. We feel certain that there will be other agencies which will have no conflict representing her, and wish her nothing but the best.”

CBS, meanwhile, has so far ignored calls for Aaryn and some of the other HouseGuests to be eliminated from the game. However, they did issue a statement saying, “At times the HouseGuests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the HouseGuests on the Internet feed to be offensive.” CBS edits out all such comments from the CBS Big Brother primetime show.

A petition circulating on is currently gathering signatures (over 3,000 so far) to present to CBS asking for Aaryn’s removal from the show.

>> Related: Big Brother 15: Aaryn Gries Loses Another Modeling Gig Over Offensive Comments

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