After getting booted from Big Brother 11 on Aug. 15, Chime Simone is not giving any interviews to the press, but she did issue one statement on Wednesday. Since she remains under contract with CBS, the network apparently approved her request to send an apology for a remark she made on the show to hollyscoop.com, a celebrity gossip site that previously employed Simone as a freelance journalist. According to one source, the site had been receiving protest emails because of Simone’s behavior in the BB house — specifically when she called fellow houseguest Russell Kairouz, a Lebanese-American, “a terrorist.” Simone made the comment after Russell had repeatedly yelled at her and other houseguests. “I used a phrase that was insensitive given his Middle Eastern descent, and I apologize to all who are justifiably offended with my use of that racially charged term,” Simone wrote in an e-mail to the website. But she fell short of apologizing to Kairouz. “Russell constantly demoralized many of us on a consistent basis and his conduct was alarming, daunting and terrifying,” Simone wrote. “Fortunately, for me, I do not have to be subjected to those tirades anymore. I am going on with my life in the real world. I wish the remaining Big Brother housemates the best of luck!”
Tonight’s one-hour episode of BB11 will air live on the east coast and feature the latest power of veto competition, the POV meeting, an eviction, and the next head of household competition. Now, check out our brand new exit interview with Lydia.
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