In a not-so-surprising twist, Jodi Rollins, the 42-year-old waitress from Calipatria, California, was evicted from the “Big Brother” house on the first night of the competition. Find out what she had to say about her brief stint on the fourteenth season of the show.
Why do you think Dan chose to evict you instead of Kara or Danielle?
I believe that Dan was trying to figure out who was most likely to win. If you look at the history of the show, black women don’t win. And, older women don’t win. And, I’m an older black woman. [laughs] So, in that house, you have to prejudge, and do it quickly. I did, all the Houseguests do it. I just want to be clear, I’m not saying Dan is racist – or anything of the sort – it’s just that you have to pick. He wants his $100,000, just like anybody else would, and that’s why I got the boot.
Do you think that your former teammates, Kara and Danielle, will last long, or do you think they’re doomed by being on Dan’s team?
I don’t think they’re doomed because they’re on Dan’s team. He’s a very smart guy. He gave us some interesting tips and advice. He’s always thinking. I think they’re doomed just because of who they are. How do I say this? They didn’t seem particularly skillful at the game.
You were in the “Big Brother” house for such a short amount of time. Do you regret participating?
I don’t regret doing the show because it was definitely a dream come true to be in that house. I was there for maybe eight hours, and you don’t feel like you’re being recorded as you experience the psychological and sociological elements of it all. I’m extremely disappointed and saddened that I didn’t get a chance to at least be properly evicted, see the HoH room, do some more competitions, and taste some slop, but I don’t regret it.
As you know, one of “Big Brother’s” mottoes is “expect the unexpected.” Do you think there’s any possibility of you being able to win your way back into the house later this summer?
That would be nice. [laughs] But, I don’t know that I’d be able to turn my life back upside down again.
Will you watch the remainder of the season, or will it be too painful for you?
Maybe in a few weeks. I’ll probably watch just because I love the show, but not right now.
What ran through your mind when you heard that four former players would be entering the house?
I was kind of disappointed because I felt like we didn’t need them. It changed the dynamic of the house in a more negative way. It was really cool to meet all of them, but I didn’t think we needed them.
Do you think your fellow Houseguests felt the same way? Did everyone automatically fear them?
I don’t know what most of them were thinking. It just shifted everything. It immediately took the power out of your hands and put it into someone else’s hands. So, it felt like you went from being a college graduate to back in school where you’re told what to do and have less say.
Do you think that Dan, Janelle, Boogie, and Britney will remain coaches, or do you think they’ll end up playing the regular game alongside the remaining Houseguests?
I was wondering that! I actually did think about that. When I learned that we were getting coaches, I decided that I wouldn’t tell them much because I thought there might be a chance they could use that information against me, or that “Big Brother” would rotate teams on a weekly basis. So, I knew that I couldn’t completely trust anybody.
Are you rooting for anyone? In the few hours you were in the house, did you connect with anybody?
Yes, there were a few. I like Shane, Wil (with one ‘l’), Willie ... it’s such a blur. But, those were my favorites!
If you were a betting woman, who would you put your money on? Who has the best shot at taking home the $500,000 grand prize?
Maybe Frank ... or Willie.
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