By JARETT WIESELMAN
September 19, 2013
ETonline: Congrats on winning! Were you surprised?
Andy: I mean ... not really [laughs]. I feel like a jerk saying that but I argued a really strong case in the finale and I don't think GM played as strong a game as I did. I really do think I deserved it.
ETonline: What was going through your mind when you heard GinaMarie's juror answers?
Andy: [fist pumps] I was like, "I got this!" She was giving pageant answers, not Big Brother answers. When she started talking I knew I'd probably won.
ETonline: By now you know this was a very controversial season. Are you surprised?
Andy: I am surprised that it stirred up as much controversy as it did; I know it was a big deal in the house, but I had no idea the impact it had on the outside world. And that's unfortunate. There were only a couple of comments said and this was, in large part, a season full of wonderful people. It's sad that a few really awful things said could taint an entire season.
ETonline: Well, it was way more than a few things.
Andy: I don't know. I haven't been exposed to any of it yet.
ETonline: And as a result of the things said, Aaryn, GinaMarie and Spencer have all lost jobs.
Andy: I did hear that. Some of the things, and I'm not going to name names, but some of the things were more malicious than others, so some of the really malicious ones were problematic, but I'll be honest, I don't think Spencer ever meant anything bad with the things he said, so the fact they could be taken out of context and is put in a comprising position is sad. He's a nice man who would not mean to hurt or offend anyone.
ETonline: But he repeatedly called you a "f*g." How do those two things mesh?
Andy: The thing is, that's the type of relationship we have. Don't get me wrong, I hate that word, but when you're somebody who is so close to me, I knew that he was only saying because we were such good friends and he thought we could. He never said it maliciously to me.
ETonline: I feel like you sat back a lot this season and let people say and do hateful things. Is that who you are in real life?
Andy: The things is, this game puts you in such a tough position. I wasn't trying to make a scene. I didn't like the things that were said, but I didn't want to be in the middle of it, so I would pull Candice aside afterwards and say that I was so sorry about the things said to her. I won, basically, by staying out of everything. The nice person inside of me wishes I would have stuck up for people more.
ETonline: Well, as a result of not standing up for people, The College of DuPage issued a statement distancing themselves from you. There's been some confusion as to your job there. Can you clarify?
Andy: I was on a leave. The semester started in August, so obviously I couldn't work there, but hopefully I will be able to go back there in January when the new semester starts. I worked semester to semester, so it's not like I had a full-time position and no longer do. I don't think I should be penalized for sitting in a room while people said hateful things and hopefully the college will understand that. Any student of mine will tell you that I love my job so much and $500,000 isn't going to change the fact I want to work there still. If it is in jeopardy I think it's unfortunate and unfair.