After a super-sized, 90-day season, Big Brother has finally crowned its Season 15 champ. Professor Andy Herren is the winner of $500,000, topping runner-up GinaMarie Zimmerman in a 7-2 jury vote.
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It was a victorious evening from start to finish for Andy, who also won the final Head of Household competition of the season before opting to evict Spencer Clawson and take GinaMarie with him to the Final Two.
Season 15 was not only the longest, but arguably the most controversial ever for the CBS reality show, after some of the houseguests’ racist and homophobic comments drew serious backlash from viewers throughout the summer.
But Big Brother‘s finale episode is traditionally nothing if not a celebration of catfights and backstabbing, and Wednesday’s episode was no different. Among the highlights: Season 2 winner Dr. Will Kirby grilling the jurors; Amanda learning that it was America, not any of her housemates, who used the MVP power to nominate her twice; and some of the evicted houseguests commenting (diplomatically) on this season’s racist comments.
As runner-up, GinaMarie will walk away with $50,000. Elissa Slater was voted America’s Favorite Houseguest, earning her $25,000.