"Big Brother" star Spencer Clawson is not a Hitler-loving bigot -- he's just saying terrible things so his racist friends in the house will like him ... so says Spencer's mother.
TMZ spoke with Donna Clawson ... who insists her son wasn't showing his true colors when "BB" cameras caught him praising Hitler and referring to a gay housemate as "Kermit the f**."
"Spencer really is a great guy," she tells us ... "This is not a guy that’s a bigot or a racist. And he’s not that way at home. He's a great guy."
So why would Spencer say such horrible things? Mama Clawson says her son is just trying to fit in with the racist, homophobic people in the house ... because it's the only way he can win the reality show.
"If you're in a group, you go along with the group talk and that is what is happening with him."
She adds, "This is a reality show. The purpose of the show is scheming behind each other's backs."
"Spencer might not be perfect but he's my son. All those kids are somebody's child. He's a good guy."
Puts Racist Houseguest
7/8/2013 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The bigotry under the "Big Brother" roof has finally made it to television -- 'cause last night, the show aired a segment featuring Aaryn basically auditioning for the KKK.
Among the highlights ... Aaryn mocks Asian people, refers to a gay contestant as a "queer" ... and makes fun of a black person for good measure.
The segment featured commentary from some of the other guests, who seem to have noticed Aaryn's disgusting comments ... but no one had the stones to call her out for it.
In fact, Howard -- an African American houseguest -- said the comments "hurt and are disrespectful" ... but said addressing the issue might hurt his chances to win the game.
YOU FRIGGIN' WUSS!!!!!!
As for Aaryn, she's been dropped by her modeling agency in Texas.
She's not the only bigot who's been exposed in the house -- GinaMarie Zimmerman was also bounced from her day job from comments she made in the house, and Spencer Clawson seems to be on his way out from his regular gig as well.
'BB' Star Spencer Clawson
by Day Job Employer
7/6/2013 4:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another "Big Brother" houseguest is on the outs with their employer ... this time it's Spencer Clawson, whose company is already laying the groundwork to hand him his walking papers.
Clawson has been captured on "BB" cams calling one houseguest "Kermit the F**" and praising Hitler as a gifted speaker.
Clawson serves as a railroad conductor for Union Pacific, who released a statement on their website saying, "The values represented by Spencer Clawson's comments during the Big Brother show do not at all align with Union Pacific's values."
They continued, "Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on Big Brother. Union Pacific does not condone his comments."
They ended their statement by saying they are "acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson" ... which sounds like they are setting the stage to fire his ass first chance they get.
Both GinaMarie and Aaryn have already lost gigs due to their racist comments on the show.
'Big Brother' GinaMarie
FIRED from Day Job
for Racist Comments
7/3/2013 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" contestant GinaMarie Zimmerman is gonna have a rude awakening when she leaves the house -- she's been FIRED from her day job after dropping the N-bomb.
TMZ has learned ... East Coast USA Pageant, Inc. is cutting ties with the 32-year-old pageant coordinator ... claiming they were shocked GZ could "display such acts of hate and racism."
As we previously reported, GinaMarie referred to welfare as "n**ger insurance" ... and the comments were captured on "Big Brother's" uncensored live Internet feed.
East Coast USA says GinaMarie has been an employee for 5 years -- but insist, "We have never known this side of GinaMarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past."
The pageant says, "We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants."
"In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal."
A rep for the organization tells us they are especially upset because they encouraged their pageant girls to watch GinaMarie on the show and vote for her ... thinking she would be a role model.
Ex-Big Brother Champ
SLAMS Racist Houseguests
7/3/2013 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rachel Reilly -- the 2011 "Big Brother" champ -- says she's "disgusted" by all of the racist and homophobic comments being made inside the BB house this season -- telling TMZ, "It makes me sick to my stomach."
Rachel has a vested interest in the show this season because her sister Elissa is one of the houseguests -- and is currently living with the people responsible for the bigotry.
We spoke with Rachel and her husband Brendon (another BB alum) who tell us they, like CBS, are offended by the hateful words that have been spoken inside the house.
"We think it's vile and disgusting and are completely horrified that people can even think such hateful things."
The couple adds, "Being former houseguests we understand how people can turn on each other ... but the offensive things that Aaryn, GinaMarie, Katlin, Spencer and Jeremy say disgust us, and make us sick to our stomachs."
'Big Brother' Aaryn
Dropped By Modeling Agcy.
Over Offensive Comments
7/3/2013 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaryn Gries -- the Paula Deen of the "Big Brother" house -- has been dropped by her modeling agency after dropping racist and homophobic comments in the BB house ... TMZ has learned.
Gries has been under fire for referring to a gay houseguest as a "queer" ... AND for telling an Asian-American houseguest to "shut up and go and make some rice" ... AND for saying racist stuff about black people.
When referring to a black contestant, Aaryn said "Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see that b*tch."
Now, Zephyr Talent in Austin, Texas says they've seen enough -- and have decided to DROP Aaryn from the agency because of her filthy mouth.
"Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone."
Zephyr continues, " We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent."
Obviously, Aaryn cannot be reached for comment -- 'cause she's still in the BB house ... with all of those people she hates.
CBS & 'Big Brother'
We're OFFENDED By
Our Racist Houseguests
7/2/2013 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The honchos at CBS tell TMZ ... they were certainly OFFENDED by several racist and homophobic comments made by the current "Big Brother" houseguests ... but hey, that's live programming for ya.
The houseguests have been under fire from what appears to be the ENTIRE INTERNET over the following comments:
-- GinaMarie referred to welfare as “n**ger insurance”
-- Aaryn called gay contestant Andy a "queer."
-- Spencer referred to Andy as “Kermit the F**" ... and praised Hitler as a gifted speaker.
CBS has released a statement to TMZ ... saying, "We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive."
However, The Eye points out that 24/7 live programming can sometimes reveal some bad things about people ... saying, "At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone."
There have been rumors that Big Brother will be 86ing some of the offensive cast members -- but it certainly doesn't appear that's gonna happen.
I Am NOT Doing
'Celebrity Big Brother'
12/30/2012 10:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cameras follow Lindsay Lohan everywhere she goes, but she's not about to live with them ... telling friends she has no interest in doing "Celebrity Big Brother."
With LiLo arriving in London yesterday (see above), the rumor mill spun into overdrive ... saying Lindsay was in town to film the super-popular British show.
But according to our sources, the idea is "completely untrue" and total "nonsense." As one source pointed out ... how could she lock herself in a home for a few months when she has a court date next month?
If anyone locks up Lindsay Lohan, it won't be TV producers ... it'll be a judge.
'Big Brother' Star Willie Hantz
I'm NO Drunk Driver
7/26/2012 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" troublemaker Willie Hantz claims he's no drunk driver ... insisting he was merely sitting in the driver's seat with the car running when he was confronted by police this morning.
A short time after he was released from jail following his drunk driving arrest in Louisiana, the reality star went to his Twitter page to tell his side of the story:
"I wasn't driving. I was sitting in the driver's seat with the car running. I know stupid."
As TMZ first reported ... cops claim Willie tried to flee the scene ... but didn't make it too far before he was captured and arrested in a parking lot around 2AM.
But Hantz is calling BS on the alleged chase ... saying, "I didn't run from anyone. I was just moving my car like the cops asked me to. Then they came up and arrested me."
"If I would have ran then I would have been resisting arrest. I don't know where that came from."
For good measure, Willie posted a photo of himself posing in front of the bail bonds office after he was released from jail (above) ... and offered a final pearl of wisdom about the situation:
"I mean all I can do is laugh it off. Learn from it. Maybe."
Willie called in to BBAD radio last night to further clarify, saying, "I just moved a car in a parking lot because the cop told me to ... when I moved the car, he arrested me ... I felt like I got Punk'd."
'Big Brother' Villain
7/26/2012 10:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1:40 PM PT -- Willie has been released from custody on $750 bond.
Willie's brother, Russell, has since tweeted a CONGRATULATORY message to Willie ... writing, "Youre not famous until you have a mug shot congrats Willie @HantzBB lol"
11:17 AM PT -- The Lafayette City Police Department tells TMZ ... cops initially received a call about a fight in a parking lot near a bunch of bars.
When cops arrived, there was no fight ... but there WAS a big crowd. Cops tried to clear the scene ... when they noticed a yellow 2012 Camaro driving toward the back of the parking lot when everybody else was exiting.
Cops say they approached the vehicle ... but before they could get there, Willie swung open the door and started to run. After a "very short pursuit" ... Hantz was apprehended and arrested for OWI.
We're told Hantz refused a breathalyzer and a blood test to determine if he was over the legal limit.
"Big Brother" villain Willie Hantz was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving this morning ... just DAYS after he was kicked out of the "BB" house for attacking one of his co-stars.
According to law enforcement, Hantz was arrested in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana at 2:07 AM for OWI -- operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Hantz is from Louisiana.
Hantz was kicked out of the BB house on July 20 after attempting to headbutt Joe during a heated exchange.
In his mug shot, 34-year-old Hantz is still sporting the mohawk haircut he gave himself while inside the "Big Brother" house.
Hantz is the younger brother of "Survivor" villain Russell Hantz.
Hantz is still in custody.
Story developing ...
Ex-Big Brother Champ
After Dom. Violence Arrest
7/12/2012 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another ex-"Big Brother" champ is in trouble with the law ... this time, it's the winner of Season 5, Andrew "Drew" T. Daniel ... who got his ass TASED by police during an arrest earlier this month.
The 30-year-old former reality star was arrested on July 2 after police in Champaign County, Ohio say he was involved in a domestic dispute with another man.
According to the police report, obtained by whiotv.com, the victim claims he was attacked by Daniel and sustained scrapes to his arms and body.
When cops responded to the scene, Daniel was reportedly difficult with police ... so cops broke out the taser ... and shocked the hell outta the guy.
Daniel was eventually arrested and charged with domestic violence. He's due in court on July 24.
Daniel ain't the first BB champ to run afoul of the law ... just last year, 2008 winner Adam Jasinski was sentenced to 4 years in prison for masterminding a prescription drug ring.
ABC to 'Big Brother'
You're Not THAT Original
5/23/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ABC is firing back at CBS -- claiming its new realty show "Glass House" is NOT stealing trade secrets from "Big Brother" ... because NOTHING about Big Brother is a secret.
The Alphabet network has filed a response in its legal battle with CBS -- asking a judge to throw out the "over-the-top" lawsuit ASAP.
In the docs, ABC says the insinuation that "Glass House" is stealing top secret info is "outrageous" ... because "there is nothing secret about editing a program with multiple feeds together or developing a narrative structure for it. That is reality TV."
ABC also says hidden cameras, putting contestants in isolation and doing contests is nothing special ... and shouldn't be considered a trade secret.
In the suit, ABC claims there are significant differences between the two shows -- notably "Glass House" will be a team-oriented game ... whereas "Big Brother" contains an "every man for himself theme."
ABC scoffs at CBS' claim that 19 former "Big Brother" employees -- all of whom know the secret sauce -- defected to "Glass House." The network claims the reason so many BB employees left is because "Brother" producers run a reality TV sweat shop -- claiming "it is common knowledge in the industry that low pay and the 24 hours a day/7 days a week filming schedule makes life on the Big Brother set difficult."
The suit adds, "That employees prefer a different show with benefits and better hours is hardly evidence of a trade secret violation."
ABC is asking the court to deny every demand CBS has made -- so it can produce its show in a timely and cost-effective manner.
A judge has yet to rule on the matter.
CBS Sues ABC
You'll PAY for
Ripping Off 'Big Brother'
5/10/2012 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
CBS wasn't bluffing ... 'cause the network has made good on its threat to sue ABC over an upcoming reality show which CBS claims is a blatant rip off of "Big Brother" ... and it's NASTY.
As we previously reported, CBS fired off a cease-and-desist letter to ABC last week ... claiming "Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to "Big Brother" -- a bunch of people living in a house and competing for prizes.
Now, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in L.A., CBS states, "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS should take pride in ABC's latest reality television project, 'Life in a Glass House.'"
In the suit, CBS refers to "Glass House" as a "carbon copy" of "Big Brother" -- and calls ABC's decision to green light the show an "obvious attempt ... to capitalize on its unique success."
CBS claims its trying to stop ABC from committing a blatant theft of its copyrightable expression, trade secrets and other confidential information.
CBS also claims ABC has hired at least 19 former "BB" staffers to work on "Glass House" -- and believes the employees are actively disclosing CBS's trade secrets and confidential information to produce the show. CBS also believes at least one "Glass House" exec has been trying to poach current "BB" employees.
CBS wants at least 3 former high level "Big Brother" employees who signed with "Glass House" to fork over $500,000 EACH for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement they had with CBS.
CBS is also suing ABC for unspecified damages.