Drumroll please ... Aaryn Gries' Valentine this year WAS A BLACK MAN -- so says the black man himself, and he insists it's proof the "Big Brother" villain isn't the disgusting racist she portrayed on TV.
Shawn Onyechi tells TMZ, he knows Gries from college in Texas and they were pretty close before she left for "Big Brother."
They didn't date, but Shawn says they were Valentines this year ... and he knows for a fact she's NOT the racist pig she appeared to be on the reality show.
Shawn even tweeted, "Who thinks Aaryn Gries from big brother is racist? I've heard her comments, but personally I KNOW otherwise."
Quick recap: Aaryn's said a bunch of racist crap on the show, including this reference to a black contestant: "Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see that bitch."
Aaryn has since been evicted from the "Big Brother" house, and in her defense she said she's not racist ... she's just Texan.
'Big Brother' Aaryn
TOOK A BLACK GUY TO PROM
... Says Mom
9/3/2013 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" villain Aaryn Gries CAN'T be the homophobic racist she appears to be ... because she took a black guy to her high school prom, this according to Aaryn's mom.
We're still waiting for the photographic evidence ... but Aaryn's mom reached out to the L.A. Times and insisted it's true.
There's more ... Aaryn's mom also says the reality star once dated a "Cuban American."
Still more ... Aaryn's mom says the reality star recently sponsored a Filipino child through a charity and "she has cousins of Japanese descent who she truly loves."
Despite all of that ... Aaryn's mom says, "While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother.'"
"These inappropriate comments certainly do not represent the value system under which her father and I have raised her."
As for gays, Elizabeth says Aaryn "has never discriminated against anyone for their sexual orientation whether within our family or not. Aaryn truly loves all people equally."
Sure ... as long as they're not cooped up with her in the same house.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
8/31/2013 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lots happened this week ... most notably Lamar Odom slipping deeper into trouble over his addiction. So we gotta ask ...
'Big Rich Texas' Star
to Aaryn Gries
Texans Are NOT Racist
8/31/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" star Aaryn Gries embarrassed the entire Lone Star state last night when she blamed her racist remarks from the show on growing up in Texas ... this according to "Big Rich Texas" star Bon Blossman.
In case you missed ... Aaryn was evicted from the "Big Brother" house Thursday night ... and told Julie Chen she's NOT a bigot, despite mocking Asians, putting down black people and calling a gay housemate "queer" during her stint inside the BB house.
Aaryn explained, "In Texas, we say things. Sometimes we joke and we don't mean it."
But according to Bon, Aaryn is talking out of her nicely-toned racist ass -- telling TMZ, "This is NOT how we were raised in Texas."
"I watched 'Big Brother' this season, and was embarrassed that [Aaryn] brought such negative attention to one of the most friendly, welcoming states in the United States."
She added ... "Aaryn's comments were an outrage," and ... "This type of behavior is not tolerated by anybody that I know ... and I was born and raised in Texas."
Bon thinks what Aaryn really needs is some tough love, saying ... "We can't ignore behavior like that or she won't learn."
Since Aaryn made it to the "Big Brother" jury house, she's still sequestered from the outside world and doesn't know how big of a villain she's become. But it seems she's in for a rude awakening.
'Big Brother' Aaryn
I'm Not Racist, I'm Just Texan
8/30/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaryn Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house Thursday night ... and on her way out, she told Julie Chen she's not really a racist, she's just a misunderstood Texan.
Seriously ... Gries -- who mocked Asians, trashed black people and referred to a gay houseguest as a "queer" during her stint on the reality competition show -- had the cojones to look Chen in the face and say, "I did not mean to ever come off as racist."
Here's her ridiculous explanation:
"In Texas, we say things. Sometimes we joke and we don't mean it. I feel how bad it is being seen and how I've come across to people. I don't want to seem like that person."
Aaryn -- who told Julie she doesn't remember ever making a racist comment in the house -- added, "I apologize to anyone I offended for that. That was not meant to be serious and if I said those things, I feel horrible for that. I regret that."
Julie -- being the badass that she is -- didn't let Aaryn off the hook and READ some of the offensive comments right to Aaryn's face as Aaryn sat there like a racist, homophobic deer in headlights.
FYI -- Aaryn still has no idea she's been dropped by her modeling agency over her behavior in the house ... because she's made it to the "jury house" and will remain sequestered from the outside world until the show ends in September.
'Ray Donovan' Star Jon Voight
Victim In CBS vs. TW War
I Can't Watch My Own Show!
8/9/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jon Voight says he's SICK of the war between CBS and Time Warner Cable ... because the "Ray Donovan" star can't watch his own damn show ... and now he's about to take matters into his own hands.
FYI -- Voight's show airs on Showtime ... which has been dropped by Time Warner Cable due to the current dispute between TW and ST's parent company, CBS.
Voight was leaving Boa Steakhouse in Hollywood with his "Donovan" co-star Pooch Hall when he revealed that he's a TW customer ... which means he's currently blocked from watching his show in the comfort of his own home.
He's clearly frustrated ... and ready to take action. But what's he gonna do about it? Check out the clip to find out.
'Big Brother' Contestant
Probed By Cops Over
Child Porn Jokes
8/7/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" contestant Spencer Clawson just learned a valuable lesson about child porn ... don't even joke about that crap ... because cops will go after you.
In case you didn't see the clips from this week -- Clawson grabs the microphone attached to McRae (another houseguest) and while pretending to be McRae, Spencer goes off on this really uncomfortable riff about child porn, saying, "I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y'all about that? I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is."
You'd think he'd stop there, but no ... he kept going, saying, "I love it when they're around three or four years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they're in a basement."
And the jokes didn't go unnoticed ... especially by Spencer's hometown police in Arkansas.
Chief AJ Gary from the Conway Police Department in Arkansas tells TMZ, "The Conway Police Department was alerted to comments made. Due to the nature of the comments, our department moved quickly to look into the matter. At this time we haven't found that any criminal act was committed."
Good news, but still ... don't make child porn jokes. They're not even funny.
Race War Explodes
Aaryn Mocks Black Houseguests
7/12/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The race war inside the "Big Brother" house came to a head last night ... when racist Aaryn picked a fight with a black female contestant ... and MOCKED her by saying, "Whatchu gon do, gurl?"
She continued in an over-the-top stereotypical black voice ... saying, "Whatchu gon do gurrl ... class girl? Where's yo class?" (drama begins at the 2:00 mark)
It was disgusting and vile -- a callback to a white slavemaster talking to a slave on a plantation.
Eventually, Candice -- who's African American -- stood up for herself ... only for another female contestant, GinaMarie, to get in her face ... saying, "You want the black to come out?"
As things got even more intense, Howard -- who's also black -- grabbed Candice and begged her to stand down and not fight with the other racist houseguests.
FYI -- the fight started over a "prank" Aaryn pulled on Candice -- by flipping over her mattress.
Candice broke down in tears after the confrontation. Aaryn probably scouted for wood to burn a cross.
David From 'Big Brother'
Still Rooting for Aaryn
... Despite the Racist Stuff
7/10/2013 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Evicted "Big Brother" guest David Girton -- the blonde surfer dude who made out with Aaryn -- says he's still rooting for his on-screen flame ... despite all the racist crap she's said inside the house.
David -- who got the boot in week 1 -- tells TMZ he didn't hear many of Aaryn's offensive comments when he was in the house ... but says he was "shocked" when he watched the footage at home.
"People are saying I'm racist too because I was with Aaryn," David says ... "That is not me."
David says he's not convinced Aaryn's a bigot -- but will continue to watch the show to see her "true colors." In fact, he says he's still rooting for Aaryn to win.
So how does Dave's MOTHER feel about his BB experience?
“My mom is glad I got off the show early. There are a lot of mean people on the show. She was worried that if I was on the show longer, they would have an impact on me."
Blessing in disguise?
'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.
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."
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.
CBS Honcho Les Moonves
The Daytime Emmys
Were a TRAIN WRECK
6/18/2013 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Les Moonves knows good TV when he sees it -- but he can also spot a turd ... and the CBS honcho told TMZ the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show was a bona fide stinker.
Les had his own table at the award show Sunday night ... where he watched disaster after disaster unfold on the stage ... culminating with producers giving Aisha Tyler the WRONG ENVELOPE to open during the Best Talk Show presentation.
"You know what ... it wasn't a very well produced show and you can put that on the air," Moonves tells TMZ.
But there was a silver lining for Mr. Moonves -- check out the video to see why Les was THRILLED after the show.