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“It Was Just Me Being Me in the House” – An Interview with Big Brother 8’s Amberby David Bloomberg -- 09/20/2007
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Many reality show participants do interviews because they want to talk about their strategy or plans, or just because they feel they have to. Amber wanted to talk to RealityNewsOnline for other reasons, as you’ll find out here. Some players we’ve spoken to have had positive things to say about the America’s Player twist, but Amber has her own thoughts on that. More importantly, she wants to set some things straight about how she was portrayed and some things that she said.
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Amber, and thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for RealityNewsOnline. Going back to the beginning, what was your strategy coming into the game?
Amber: My strategy was honestly I had no strategy. It was just me being me in the house. I’ve come such a long way in my life that I didn’t think I needed a strategy and just me being me would get me far in the game. Another thing was I wanted to get to know people. Getting to know people and building relationships was my main strategy.
RNO: How did that strategy change once you got in the house?
Amber: The strategy did not change in the house. The only thing that changed was I was in the game at that point and I needed to keep my eyes open and get good vibes off people. But for the most part it didn’t change at all.
RNO: I don’t know if you’ve had time to watch or talk to people about what was shown on TV, but your religious beliefs were featured prominently. Considering what you said in the game, do you believe the results of Big Brother were preordained by God?
Amber: I do believe that the results were preordained by God. I feel like the whole game was predetermined in a sense. I feel the whole thing was predetermined, possibly Dick and Daniele were supposed to be the winners. The veto competition in week two, I threw it and I should have let the chips fall as they may.
RNO: Why should you have let them fall where they may?
Amber: I believe I was picked for certain competitions for a reason and I know it was by pull of a ping pong ball, but I feel people were picked for a reason. Me being in competitions I was in and possibly winning, me throwing them isn’t what was the plan. I should have won the competition and took it from there if I wanted to use the veto or not.
RNO: With that in mind, why did you vote for Dick, who made fun of your religious beliefs?
Amber: I voted for Dick in the end because I had to take away everything that was said personal and look at the game itself. Dick played a very good strategic game, he made a lot of power moves and he was a very smart player.
RNO: Why do you believe you were evicted when you were?
Amber: I believe I was evicted when I was because people saw me as a threat as far as they did not want to be sitting next to me in the final two. A lot of people saw I got along with everybody and people for the most part got along with me. I was there for a lot of people for their problems. People saw that and didn’t want to be sitting next to me in the final two.
RNO: Do you feel lying in the game is okay, or is it the same as lying outside the house?
Amber: I feel that lying in the game is okay. It’s a game, so you do what you have to do when you’re in it. I don’t think that just because you lie in the house means you lie outside the house. Whether or not somebody chooses to lie in the house is up to them and I don’t hold lying against anybody.
RNO: Why were you so upset with Eric about the personal secret you told him when you said it in a house filled with cameras and microphones linked to the outside world?
Amber: When I told Eric the situation, I honestly just got caught up in the moment and was talking about things I’ve done in my life and how I’ve changed. I didn’t have my microphone on and I was in the pool, I didn’t think about the fact that there’s microphones above my head and this is going to be aired. It’s something I definitely regret.
As far as him using that, he was like, “I’m really proud of you,” and was really nice and genuine. I wouldn’t expect somebody to use my personal information against me in the game. So when he went and tried to use it against me, I was really upset about it. It was my fault I just forgot – it’s your home. It was more so the actual principal that Eric would use that against me if need be. I trusted Eric and he betrayed my trust in a sense.
RNO: How did you get over that and let Dustin vote out Kail instead?
Amber: What happened was I was in the diary room and one of the producers was in there and he started talking to me. When I left the diary, I felt it was my own fault that I swore on my daughter for Eric to stay. Even though Dustin would have done that for me, I didn’t want him to do something he didn’t want to do. So I freed him to do whatever he wanted because I love him so much.
RNO: Speaking of Eric, what do you think of the America’s Player twist?
Amber: The America’s Player twist was really unfair to me. The game would have gone in a completely different direction. Eric would have done a lot of different things in the house and would have played his own game. Me and Eric were really close for a long time, but I always felt there was something wrong, and now I see what it was. A lot of decisions he made were done for America and not for himself, and I feel like he got shorted because he couldn’t make up his own decisions.
RNO: Why do you think the voters favored Dick so much?
Amber: I think people tended to favor Dick because he was very amusing and caused a lot of drama in the house and I think people like to see that.
RNO: Is there anything else you want to tell us about your time in the Big Brother house?
Amber: I do – two things. First, my crying. Everybody looks at me and laughs because I cry so much. But they portrayed me crying all the time. I spoke to my family [about what was shown on TV]. Yes I did cry a lot, but they didn’t show my fun side, my laughing side. It’s very embarrassing. I’m proud that I cry but my daughter was watching and it offends me that they only showed me crying. I had so many times in the house when I didn’t cry, they really showed my character not to be me and that really bothers me.
[The second thing is] I made a comment when I was upset with Eric – I made it about Jewish people and people from New York. I just want to tell the people I offended that I am very sorry. I did not mean to offend anybody and I was upset with Eric at the time. Being upset, people tend to say things they don’t mean. That came from a really bad place, and from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry – I send my apologies to anyone I offended. I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. The words just came out and I was upset with Eric. I have friends that are Jewish and friends from New York. I am not prejudiced and I am truly truly truly sorry.
RNO: Thanks again, Amber.
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