By JARETT WIESELMAN
September 19, 2013
ETonline: You live in Minnesota, Amanda lives in Florida. How much planning was there about transitioning McCranda to the real world?
McCrae: A lot. She wants me to move to Florida, I want her to move to Minnesota, but I don't think that's going to happen, so I'm going to Florida this winter. I hate the cold.
ETonline: Are you going to watch the show now?
McCrae: There's definitely part of me dreading all the sappy crap. All the emotional stuff. I'm not looking forward to seeing that. I was crying like a baby a lot. Even with Judd leaving. I'm not excited to see the show, but that's me, so I have to own it.
ETonline: You had a very interesting trajectory in the house, looking back, how important do you think that first HOH win was to your game?
McCrae: Winning HOH off the bat opened up a lot of avenues for me, and then meeting Amanda set me up for the long game because I could push her in front of me and have her take the heat while I looked like the good guy. I don't think I would have gone far without that first HOH win. In fact, I think I would have been first out.
ETonline: You witnessed a lot of the hate speech this season. What's your take on it all?
McCrae: My whole thing in this game was to lay low. Outside, in the real world, I'm the guy who will take a punch to defend someone being attacked. In the house, I had to play a game and I can't go out of my way to attack someone about that. It killed me inside, but I was here to play a game. When people are ignorant to what they're saying, I naturally want to call them out. I would try to enlighten them as much as I could, but there's only so much you can do within the context of this house.
ETonline: Well, Aaryn, GinaMarie and Spencer have been fired from their jobs for what they said in the house.
McCrae: What? Are you sh*tting me? [laughs] Oh wow. Oh wow. I don't want to call any of them out, but I think Aaryn says the worst stuff. Oh man, they're all pretty bad though. It's ignorance across the board. You can't let ignorant people have a free pass because they're ignorant, but we were scrutinized 24/7. Sometimes you have to give people a free pass because I don't think most of it came from a place of hate, just a place of ignorance.