Big Brother 15 winner: Did Andy Herren, GinaMarie Zimmerman or Spencer Clawson win Big Brother 2013?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 18, 2013 

Andy Herren won the 15th season of "Big Brother" on the Sept. 18 season finale. GinaMarie Zimmerman placed second and Spencer Clawson placed third.

Elissa Slater won the "America's Favorite House Guest" prize.

For a season often billed as the most controversial installment of "Big Brother," Wednesday's show was somewhat anticlimactic. I think many fans, including myself, wanted certain house guests to learn on live TV that they lost their real-life jobs due to offensive comments made while appearing on the show. Most of those comments surfaced during the live online feeds, rather than the edited episodes on CBS.

That didn't happen. In fact, host Julie Chen addressed the racist remarks only briefly during the season finale.

Jarett Wieselman from Entertainment Tonight has some great post-finale tweets about house guests' reactions to public perceptions of their actions inside the "Big Brother" house.

Did the right player win? Well, Andy was the least offensive of the three remaining house guests.

GinaMarie and Spencer made extremely insensitive remarks while appearing on the show. GinaMarie lost her job as a pageant coordinator due to her racist comments, but she was unaware of that fact during the finale.

Spencer joked about child pornography.

His employer (Union Pacific Railroad) posted this message online Sept. 18: "Prior to Spencer Clawson being allowed to return from his Leave of Absence to active duty with Union Pacific Railroad, a formal investigation will be held under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement to determine the facts involving Mr. Clawson's behavior on the Big Brother television show and online live feed. Based on the results of the investigation, Union Pacific will determine the appropriate action regarding Mr. Clawson's employment status."

Andy, who won on a 7-2 vote, arguably wasn't as bad as GinaMarie and Spencer. But he's not necessarily likeable.

He betrayed many "Big Brother" house guests, often without a clear-cut strategy. He wasn't the best game player ever. He was also particularly hateful toward fellow contestant Elissa near the end of the game. Also, Andy didn't speak up during much of the aforementioned bigotry -- which some people think is just as bad as uttering the offensive words.

Andy previously worked as a part-time instructor at College of DuPage in Illinois. The college recently posted a Facebook status distancing itself from Andy. It notes: "Andy Herren has formerly worked for College of DuPage as a part-time instructor. He does not currently work for the College. Any behavior or language he uses on the CBS reality show “Big Brother” does not represent the opinions or values of College of DuPage."

Another player, Aaryn Gries, lost a modeling contract due to racist comments she made while living in the "Big Brother" house.

Andy wins $500,000, GinaMarie wins $50,000 and Elissa wins $25,000.

Discussion time: Did the right player win? Did you want anyone to win? Do you think appearing on "Big Brother" will change any of these players?

Here's a full recap of the show.


Things kick off with part one of the final Head of Household competition, which is a roller skating endurance challenge. GinaMarie wins part one of the competition. Spencer and Andy will face off in part two. The winner of part two will compete against GinaMarie for Head of Household.

Part two has an underwater theme, but they're not in water. Spencer and Andy have to search for house guests' faces in sand, then climb a rock wall to place those contestants' faces in order of eviction. Andy's time was 21:54; Spencer's was 36:11. Andy wins part two of the competition.

Parts one and two were pre-recorded. The third part -- featuring GinaMarie versus Andy -- will air live.

Time for some footage of the jury house. McCrae joins the jury house. Then, the jury chats with "Big Brother" winner Dr. Will Kirby. Candice still hates Amanda. Candice and Aaryn are now friends...maybe. Most jurors agree GinaMarie made the biggest move of the summer by eliminating Amanda. Naturally, Amanda isn't a GinaMarie fan. Nobody really thinks Andy made big moves in the game.

McCrae says he always planned to cut off Amanda at the end of the game...except they're apparently still together.

Back to the HoH competition. GinaMarie and Andy face off in a live competition that involves trivia questions about the jury members. They must predict how jurors completed certain sentences. Andy wins.

Side note: I love how McCrae says the best thing about being in the "Big Brother" house was free food...not being with Amanda.

As Head of Household, Andy evicts Spencer. That means Andy and GinaMarie will face off for the grand prize. In an interview with Julie Chen, Spencer calls "Big Brother" an "amazing experience." Sorry for the lack of details on this portion...CBS briefly cut out on my TV.

All nine jury members take the stage. Collectively, the jurors have devised three questions for each finalist.

Amanda to GinaMarie: "What's your biggest game move, other than getting me out?" GinaMarie hesitates, then says getting Amanda out of the house was her biggest game move. She can't think of another answer.

Elissa to Andy: "What was your biggest game move prior to joining the Exterminators?" Andy says his biggest move was aligning with Amanda and McCrae, or convincing Elissa to put Nick up for eviction.

Helen to GinaMarie: "What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in the game?" GinaMarie says having Nick leave was her biggest obstacle. REALLY?!?

McCrae to Andy: "Since you stabbed everyone in the back, why should we vote for you?" Andy says he appreciates a good game and "was instrumental in getting every person out."

Candice to GinaMarie: "Since you personally offended many members of the jury, why should we give you the money?" GinaMarie somehow blames her actions on being devastated over Nick's departure. "I always try to have a smile on people's faces," she says.

Jessie to Andy: "Why did you lie to so many jurors unnecessarily?" Andy says it's partially because he's a coward. "I do apologize for that," he says.

Spencer to Andy: "Why do you deserve $500,000?" Andy says, "I have played such a strong game," then adds he was loyal to GinaMarie from the beginning until the end.

GinaMarie and Andy have one more chance to plead their cases.

From GinaMarie: "I played loyal and this is just an amazing opportunity and I'm only me...I really do appreciate all of you...If you do vote, you'll have a nice parting gift from me."

From Andy: "I played this game with my heart and I played this game with my mind...I don't think I was ever on anyone's radar...I made moves that adapted to every situation I was in."

Voting time!

Before we get the results, we check in with the jury again. Amanda learns she's not well-liked among viewers. She says, "I didn't think I was disliked as much as I was."

Then, we check in with the five house guests who didn't make the jury. Howard says he hopes the racist house guests will change. Julie Chen asks for Spencer's reaction to the comment. Spencer says, "It's unfortunate...Did I say anything, Julie?"

Julie's response? "We don't have enough time."

Results time! Andy wins "Big Brother" on a 7-2 vote.

Here's how the votes played out:

Spencer = Andy

McCrae = Andy

Judd = GinaMarie

Elissa = Andy

Amanda = Andy

Aaryn = GinaMarie

Helen = Andy

Jessie = Andy

Candice = Andy

Andy and GinaMarie run on stage. GinaMarie immediately hugs Nick.

Time to crown America's Favorite Houseguest. Elissa wins! Judd and Howard are the other highest vote-getters.

And...we're done! See you next summer!

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