Big Brother host Julie Chen stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night.
Of course, the big topic of the night was about the racist comments made by Big Brother’s houseguest, Aaryn Gries. Julie told Letterman about how Aaryn was a different person when she first met her in casting.
“She’s 22. She’s college-educated,” begins Julie. “It was shocking and it was astounding to watch because when she first got picked to be one of the housemates, we all thought, ‘Oh, she’s going to be America’s sweetheart.’ She’s a beautiful girl. But you have to remember. It’s people trying to get picked. It’s kind of like a job interview-they’re putting their best foot forward. And it wasn’t until a couple of weeks in the house that she said some pretty ugly things.”
Julie also tells Letterman that she had to control herself during the exit interview with Aaryn because first and foremost she is still a journalist and a professional.
“I had to just put on my journalist hat and play it straight down the middle and read it back, verbatim, her words…she did apologize,” continues Julie. “She seemed dumbfounded by her own words. I do applaud the fact that she said ‘I’m sorry if I offended anyone. ‘ But then she talked out of the other side of her mouth and she said, ‘But.’ Any time you apologize and there’s a ‘but,’ to me, it’s not a real apology.”
As reported yesterday, Aaryn’s mother Elizabeth Owens came to her defense by writing an article in The Times about her daughter. That wasn’t brought up in the interview and Julie hasn’t made a comment on it yet. Now that her mother has spoken, Aaryn has spoken, and Julie has talked about it multiple times, hopefully this will be the last time it will be brought up.