Sunday, August 28, 2011

Reality News Online Interviews Jeff

“Once Someone Crosses Me, I Can’t Trust Them” – Reality News Online’s Exclusive Interview with Big Brother 13’s Jeff
by David Bloomberg -- 08/26/2011

Jeff went from the top of the Big Brother world to straight out the door in less than an hour. Did he think it was fair? What does he say about the game – and others – played? Did he trust or mistrust too much? How does he think Jordan will do, with Rachel as her only real ally? And what does Jeff have to say regarding his comments that were widely seen as anti-gay in relation to Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore?

After a blur of an episode, Jeff went from king of the castle (or at least Head of Household) straight out the door. I was able to ask him some departing questions, touching on the way he played the game, his thoughts on the others, and even his controversial comments that were widely taken to be anti-gay. Read on to see what he had to say!

Reality News Online: Hello again, Jeff, and thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us here at Reality News Online. Getting right to it, what was your initial plan coming in, knowing you'd likely have a target on you?

Jeff: The plan was to lay low. That is what you need to do in this game and let stronger people go after each other. We had to fight from Day 1 as the veterans as we were outnumbered by the other houseguests. And Daniele thought the grass was greener on the other side, and it wasn’t.

RNO: You played hard and went from the top of the mountain to out the door in just one night. Do you feel it was fair to go out the way you did, with no real chance to talk to the other players?

Jeff: That’s the game of Big Brother.

RNO: Do you think you trusted – or mistrusted – the right people throughout the season? And why was it so hard to trust anyone other than Jordan?

Jeff: I think mistrusted. You never know who to trust. And by being in the leadership role, it’s hard to make a decision. The reality is not what it seems like inside the house. I mistrusted everyone in that house – except Jordan obviously.

RNO: How do you think Jordan will do now, as it seems Rachel might be her closest ally?

Jeff: I don’t know. The way I play the game is opposite to the remaining houseguests. Maybe she will have to take more naps like everyone else in the house.

I think Jordan will do fine. I’m out and she is in – she did it without me last time and she can do it again.

RNO: How would you compare this season overall – from personalities to game play – to your original?

Jeff: My first season… I think there were more personalities inside the house. People were not afraid to express who they were. This season – people didn’t express their personalities or maybe they just don’t have personalities worth expressing? (Smiling.)

RNO: Your plea to Shelly for her vote asked her to look past what happened today. Can you please expand on exactly what it was that went down and why you thought it would turn her against you?

Jeff: It was just to call Shelly out. She made three deals with other people in the house. That might have been my demise, but it happened the way it happened. I wasn’t scared of anyone in the house, but ultimately that was my demise. Either way, I’m out and they are in.

RNO: Unfortunately, a lot of the live show was almost completely muted due to foul language. What did you say to Shelly right before and then after the vote?

Jeff: I think I used the word “integrity” and their lack of it. The whole game – from beginning to end – people bashed Rachel. And I tried to keep that in check with Rachel and with other people. And the fact that they picked Rachel over me… for someone to talk all the time about one person and then pick them over another person is a judgment of your character.

RNO: Not to give away your jury vote, but if Jordan isn't in the finals, what will you be looking for in helping to determine how you vote?

Jeff: Who played the game the strongest. I’m not awarding anyone $500,000 for taking the most naps… it will be someone who steps up and makes some big moves and shows me that they deserve it.

RNO: In your goodbye video for Daniele, you said you wished you could have worked with her but you didn’t trust her. Other than going all the way back to her actions in week three, why did you feel you couldn’t trust her now?

Jeff: Once someone crosses me, I can’t trust them…

RNO: You have been something of an America’s favorite, from your first time on Big Brother to your time on The Amazing Race, and now back on Big Brother again. But with that comes scrutiny as well. How do you think people have reacted – and should react – to the comments you made a little while ago that could easily be construed as anti-gay, such as those made in discussions about the Harry Potter series?

Jeff: My hesitation was not regarding the fact that he was gay… my point was that you cannot send your eight-year-old kid off to a magical fantasy land… regardless of whoever is in charge. I would not send my kid off to a fictional, magical land. It came off wrong and I apologize for that, but again, that was not my intention.

TMZ Reports on the Threats to Shelly

Here is the link to the TMZ story.

Please, let's play safe out there.

Dick at Nite 8-25-11

This episode of Dick at Night was taped on Wednesday, 8-25-11, basically the night before the double eviction.  Dick did this show live in California---hence no fringed window valence behind him.

Evel Dick has two guests--Mark Long and Crazy James (BB9).  Dick introduces Mark Long as one of the grandfathers of reality TV. Mark was on the first season of Road Rules about 16 years ago and there are numerous jokes about how old Mark is.

Dick points out that Mark's season was just after Puck's season on Real World.  (Dick is a friend of Puck's.)  Dick says that he went out with Puck "just after the accident"  (I guess he is referring to Puck's DUI accident where he drove off the road with his kid in the car.) and while they were sitting at In 'n' Out Burger a guy came up and asked to sit with them, saying in awe that he knew who they both were.

Dick:  That guy is probably still talking about his lunch with Puck and Evel Dick!  (I know I would be...)

Dick introduces James from BB9, saying "he's not dead, he's not in Europe, he's right here in Southern California" and asks James what bar he is opening up.  (Escondite in downtown L.A.) Seeing James makes me sad.  He's not "Crazy James" anymore....his twitter name is ApexJames.  I'm not clear on if he owns the bar or just works there.

Oh snap.  James is all business and asks for Dick's take on the Production Scandal with Daniele.  He mentions reading on Jokers that two camera operators and a segment producer will quit if Dani leaves.

Dick, acting confused:  Well, when you go in the DR, there is a guy with an English accent, and a hard-edged girl.....I don't think anybody is going to quit their job over Dani getting evicted.

James summarizes the rumors again, saying that Jokers is "pretty specific" and just wanted to get Dick's take on it.

Dick:  Those jobs are too hard to get to quit like that.

Mark:  It still amazes me that Dani is your daughter.  You are so ugly and she is so damn good looking.

James is drinking a Schlitz beer that he says they "get wholesale at the bar".  His eyes are so sad to me.

Dick asks if he has any crazy new tattoos, besides the "Dr. Suess" arm.  As you can see his left arm is striped now.  (I kind of like that.)

He also got a tattoo of his ex-fiance on his foot.

Dick:  Faith?  You got her name tattooed on you?

James:  Yeah, but the guy did it in a red skull but I have to have it colored in now because she was cheating on me the entire time in France.

Mark takes two minutes off to go feed his dog, who is heard wailing at Mark's feet.  James met Mark at the Reality TV awards.  They joke around about some porn star that Dick knows who wanted to hook up with Mark but Mark wussed out.

Dick points out that he has Mark the All American Boy as a guest, but also James who is anything but.  James does seem to be up-to-speed on BB13, and has opinions on the houseguests.

James has a female friend over that Mark flirted with.

Dick says that Adam is "the Zach of this season".  He takes shots at Jeff as well and Mark says, "C'mon... you don't like Jeff?"

Dick: I didn't say that!  But I want people to give me Fan Favorite and give Jeff this (the middle finger).

Mark repeats the Zingbot's line about Porsche's big ass and they all crack up.  Zing!

Dick says it is painful to watch Jordan try to string two sentences together. He likes her, but her whole game is too be nice.  She is the ultimate coattail-rider.

Mark repeats the Zingbot's line about Dani not needing a car because she rides her Dad's coattails. Dick missed that episode and says he would want to see her face when the Zingbot said that.

Dick says how Kalia and Porsche will not know what to do when Dani leaves. (Uh, not what happened, Dick.)

Dick asked James if he has taken the "behind the scenes" tour of the BB house.  James has not.  Dick explains that when you're in the DR it feels so safe and intimate. You feel like it is just you talking to one person.  But on his tour he says that someone was crying in the DR and on the other side of the glass were about 50 news reporters.  He can never look at the DR again the same way.

Mark asked if they are blindfolded before they enter in the house, to mask the fact that you are in a production studio on the movie lot.

James says no, he remembers "driving past Gilligan's Island".  Dick is surprised that he wasn't blindfolded but says maybe he was before BB8 so he wouldn't see Daniele ahead of time.  He felt like a kidnap victim.  And when Dani and Amber left the house to appear on the Power of Ten they were blindfolded and had to wear earplugs.

Dick says he is waiting for the Fortune Teller to come to life.  (Which looks like it is about to happen!)  Dick says it is so weird looking in person.

Mark says the Zingbot's voice is too high and he could barely understand him.  (Me too--I had to google to find out what he Zingbot actually said.)

Dick says he went to visit James in Paris.  He was in Europe at the time and swung by to see him.  James' ex-fiance Faith was going to Spain or something, so Dick and James went to Amsterdam to party.  James says they got so stoned.

Dick:  We didn't even eat regular food!  We went to the Bulldog and ate pot brownies and cookies and we met some tourists who bought them drinks.  Then they went to a live sex show with some fat lady on a bed.

James:  I was tripping my balls off!

They also went to Tours to see Suicidal Tendencies in France.  They got shout outs from the stage and had a blast.

Dick went to LA for an audition that went well and doesn't want to talk about it, despite prodding from Mark.  Dick is staying with a friend now.  Earlier, Mark razzed him about leaving Big Brother so soon this year.

Dick:  Look.  They called me two days ahead of time and then some personal stuff came up and I had to go.  That's it.

(I heard Rachel say on BBAD that Dani got the call from BB two days ahead of time---so that fits with what Dick just said.  They must have been last minute additions to the cast.  And my personal two cents:  Dick didn't have time to taper down his drug use.  Alleged drug use, of course.)

Dick ranks on Adam some more and James says that Adam is friends with a friend of Jamess--Dave who owns Idle Hands in New York (?) and the minute Adam's casting was announced, Dave contacted James to let him know he knew Adam.

Dick hates Lydia from BB11 and has said previously that she will never be invited on his show.  He has invented a new Lydia Dumb Bitch Award of the Week and Mark says unfortunately Dani should get the award for this week.

Mark asks James where casting found him.  He says "I was homeless traveling around the US and I was in New York and I went to a bar with a bunch of Australians who bought me drinks and that's it.."

(I heard Chelsia say on her SuperPass show that everything James said was a lie---that he actually had an apartment in LA and wasn't homeless.)

Mark says that James' story is funny and reminds him of how Puck was cast on Real World.  Dick repeats how Puck was discovered and how he threw a chicken wing and hit Mary Alice Bunim's white shirt with it.

Dick:  Puck is one of the most unique people ever on reality television.  And he was real, too.

Mark tells a story about Puck dipping his balls in the milk container in the RW house and then seeing his castmates drink out of the milk the next morning and feeling like he won.

Dick wants to get Puck on the show but knows he doesn't watch BB.  When he appeared with Dick on his old Superpass show the ratings skyrocketed.  Puck had an outstanding warrant out at the time and TMZ reported on it.

Dick discusses how the DR tries to get you to discuss all sides of an issue and James said the DR wants the soundbytes, as well, to make the story flow.

James, giggling:  They also use the DR to break up threesomes!

Dick:  Oh, with you, Chelisa and Alison?  (the poker girl from BB9?)

Dick mentions that Alison told everybody that Chelsia had an odor issue and James laughs.

James says the only people he would want to win at this point would be Adam for the Newbies or Jeff.  Dick agrees that Production would probably want Jeff to win to save the season.  I'm sure that was hard for him to say.

Mark watches the live feeds and kind of appreciates that Shelly is trying to break up Jeff and Jordan.  Dick mentions that tomorrow night is the double eviction and says that Production "would shit a brick if both Dani and Jeff go home during the same hour".

(Yep, that is what happened.)

Mark just turned 40 and is only 8 years younger than Evel Dick.  (That should scare the kids from smoking, huh?)  Seriously Mark look super hot.

They end the show voting on their guesses of  Dani's fate this week---they agree she will be evicted.

Big Brother After Dark 8-26-11

I turn my back for one minute and my DVR is suddenly clogged with hour and hours of nightly Big Brother After Dark episodes.

I speed-watched the episode from 8-26-11, which was the night of the last live show, featuring the double-eviction of Daniele Donato and Jeff Schroeder.  In this episode, the 2nd HOH competition had just been played, with Porsche Briggs winning.  We did not see this competition on the live feeds---it will air on Sunday night's CBS episode.

When the episode started, Jordan and Rachel were packing up Jeff's toiletries from the bathroom and getting everything together for delivery to Jeff tonight.  I think Jordan put Jeff's hidden bottle of HOH wine in there.  As much as she and Rachel wanted to drown their sorrows with it, I think she knew that Jeff might need it more.  And it is okay for Jeff to have a hangover---he has no competitions to play in.

Adam cleaned out the refrigerator and organized their food supplies.  For example, he consolidated three open boxes of Triscuits.

Shelly complained to Adam about Jeff smoking all of her cigarettes---she thinks he smoked about three cartons of them while he was there.  (Whose fault is that, Shelly?)

Porsche is very into her sudden barrage of accomplishments in the game.  She asks Adam if anybody has ever won both the POV and the HOH during a live double-eviction episode.  He can't recall right offhand, but he says they probably have.

While waiting for her HOH room, Porsche told Shelly that she wanted to come out in her bikini to say "Who wants to see my HOH Room?".  (She is so calculating when it comes to her perceived TV exposure...)  Shelly kind of laughed and told her to have fun with it---she deserves it.

(At this point, I have heard Shelly bad mouth and smack talk every single houseguest behind their back, so who knows what she is thinking now.  I'm sure her martyr complex is in full swing.)

When the time finally came for the HOH room reveal, Porsche indeed had on a green bikini under her pink velour sweatsuit.  She unzipped the pink velour hoodie and let it hang open while she posed with the key.  Then she stood at the bottom of the spiral staircase to zip her jacket back up before heading upstairs.

(I wonder how much of that we will see on Sunday night's episode?)

Porsche got pictures of her brothers (younger brother named Austin), as well as one of her best friend Nicole at prom with her.  She got a T-shirt that says "Hi Dad".  Porsche had that T-shirt made before she came in the house while her brothers bought Team Porsche shirts.  She also got some athletic shoes (Reeboks) that she is confused by---why did Big Brother give her that?  She also got footie socks which she questions.  (Maybe BB is hinting that Porsche should start working out?)

She got Cup of Soup, which she apparently loves, as well as Jello, Captain Crunch and bags of beef jerkey.  (Chemicals, anyone?)

After she shows everyone her beef jerkey, Kalia said, "Good, you can fart up here all night by yourself!"

Her HOH letter was from her brother, and it was about standard as far as HOH letters go.  She got a Ped Egg and the Breath Right strips that she didn't want, so she offers them to Adam.  She got some good "hard cheeses" that she wanted in her HOH fridge, as well as a Rhianna CD that she says is "okay".

During the entire time Rachel and Jordan sat in the HOH room, watching silently, keeping their misery to themselves.  Rachel is wearing Brendon's blue UCLA knit cap, which contrasts with her black sparkley evening top and furry boots.

When we come back from a break (Showtime has channel promotions every 20 minutes or so.) Jordan is sitting at the kitchen counter trying to eat, crying and telling Rachel she wants to talk to her grandparents, that this is going to be the longest week ever.  She just wants to be home in her bed.

Rachel points out that her boyfriend just left and that is tough.

Rachel:  My fiance left.  And your boyfriend.  And those aren't guys that we just met like PT!

Jordan didn't want to cry on TV and is very upset by her conduct during the live show and the major episode she had afterwards.

Rachel tries to cheer her by telling her what will happen in the Jury House when Brendon sees Jeff.

Rachel:  Brendon will say, what are you doin' here?  (in the weird voice)  Jeff will say, "I got got" and Brendon will say "I got got too!".  And they are like best friends and they will get drunk every night and rank on Daniele and it will be awesome.

Even in tears Jordan rinses and cleans her cereal bowl, sobbing while she rinses it out.  She is wearing her leopard slippers.

Kalia and Porsche lounged in the HOH, talking about the events of the night.

Kalia:  Jeff is gone!!  He is gone!

Kalia thinks she heard the audience groan when she evicted Jeff.  Porsche says that the audience was happy when it happened---she repeats a few times how happy the audience was that Jeff was evicted.

Porsche:  They were like, yes, you did something!