'Big Brother 15's' Aaryn Gries: 'Blaming Texas was the biggest mistake I made'
"No one had [previously] expressed that I was taken that way," Gries tells TMZ. "I am not a racist. Sometimes you can say mindless things that will haunt you."
She adds that she wishes someone had warned her before "Big Brother" that making these "jokes" on the live feeds would cause her to be painted as a racist.
Gries also says, "Blaming Texas was the biggest mistake I made ... I was in defense mode," referring to her exit interview with Julie Chen when she said, "I honestly feel horrible. I feel like in Texas we say things that are sometimes... we joke and we don't mean it.