“Big Brother” Gay Andy Herren Fired From Job, Rebuked For Language On Show

Andy herrenPeople audition for CBS’ Big Brother to score a $500,000 grand prize—but appearing on the show has some pretty severe costs: Openly gay contestant Andy Herren has been laid off from his job with the College of DuPage, and it looks like his behavior on the show is to blame.

“Andy Herren has formerly worked for College of DuPage as a part-time instructor,” reads a statement on the school’s website. “He does not currently work for the College. Any behavior or language he uses on the CBS reality show Big Brother does not represent the opinions or values of College of DuPage.”

Compared to the racist, homophobic drivel spouted by competitors like GinaMarie Zimmerman and Spencer Clawson, Herren was a saint. (Clawson once said “of all the hate crimes that happen in the US, why couldn’t one happen to that guy?”). But he hasn’t been completely innocent, most recently calling other housemates “biracial robots.”

Along with earlier evictee Aaryn Gries, all three finalists have all been either laid off or censured as a result of things they’ve said on the show. Of course, one of them could be crying all the way to the bank. We’ll find out which one on Wednesday, during the Big Brother live finale.


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.