Spencer Clawson was one competition away from making it to the finals of “Big Brother 15.” He tells Zap2it that it was an amazing experience, but he’s ready to return to normal life.
Are you glad you went on “Big Brother”? What was the experience like for you?
“The experience was phenomenal. ‘Big Brother’ is my favorite TV show, it has been for years. I’m just an normal guy, things like this don’t happen to me. The fact that I was able to participate in it and make it to the very last day is amazing. I’m very fortunate for the opportunity.”
Did you think that you had a chance to win the money at the end if somebody had taken you, or if you had won HOH?
“Yeah, I think I had a really good shot to have won the money. I probably played the hardest game in ‘Big Brother’ history with as many times as I was on the block. I just had to adapt and evolve my game strategy to stay in the house. I think I would’ve had a wonderful argument to possibly get the jury votes to grant me the money.”
If you had won HOH, who would you have taken to the finals?
“I would’ve taken GinaMarie with me. I think that GinaMarie would’ve been easier to beat. Andy was gonna be tough, I knew he was. Even though we kind of made a Final 2 deal, you can see how that worked out for me [laughs], but I would’ve definitely taken GinaMarie.”
Why did you vote for Andy to win?
“Andy was a phenomenal player. As a fan of the show, I thought he had a wonderful social game and he was very strategic. Maybe a little hurt feelings that he didn’t carry me through to the Final 2 to win a little bit of money, but the fan in me would allow me to not vote for the person I truly thought earned it and deserved the money and Andy hands-down did. He was a phenomenal player and it was an honor to play beside him the entire game.”
We don’t know how much you’ve seen yet, but how do you react to the backlash outside the house over some of the offensive things people have said?
“Yes, I have. Unfortunately, I said some things that were inappropriate and ugly comments to have said about people. I can’t make any excuses for it. Sometimes I try to say things joking and I just make bad jokes. It was in poor taste, some of the comments I made. I’m terribly sorry if I offended anybody. If you know me … I’m not a hateful person, I’m not an ugly person. The things that I said, I hope they didn’t cause a black eye on the show ’cause I do love the show. I find it unfortunate that sometimes I just ran my mouth and would’ve done better to keep it shut.
Some of the other comments that were said, I wasn’t privy to a lot of stuff. Some of the racially-charged things I didn’t hear first-hand. I’m not using the game as an excuse, but if you know the game, you know it’s better if there’s an argument that doesn’t really involve you that you just kind of stay out it.
With Howard, who was one of my best friends in the game, I know he was offended by some racially-charged comments, and I would say, ‘Dude, I;m so sorry that stuff was said.’ I would try to handle it on my own without putting a target on my back.
Actually, the stuff that has gotten the most attention is stuff that I was not even around for.”
Would you go back on “Big Brother” if you had the chance?
“Absolutely. Oh my gosh, yes. I would keep my big mouth shut a little bit more [laughs]. I love the game. It was an amazing opportunity for me. I’m so grateful to have been a part of Season 15. Even if they wanted to have me run microphone wires or something, I would be honored to do anything they’d have me back for.”
What’s next for you? Running off to Hollywood?
“No, no. I don’t think I’m going to be any kind of actor or anything like that. I do have the looks for it, I’ll tell you that. Maybe a George Clooeny body double or something [laughs]. Really all I want to do is get back to my normal life.
Maybe clean up some of the messes my mouth has caused me back home. Get back to work — I love my job. I would give shout-outs to the company all the time, not knowing some of my comments caused them to distance themselves from me, which I’m sure is a little awkward. I just want to get back to work. I’m just a normal person. I don’t have any kind of a huge spotlight aspirations after this. This is as big as it gets — I’ll take my 15 minutes of fame, if that’s even what it is, and then I’ll just go back to my normal life.”
“Big Brother 16” premieres summer 2014 on CBS.