Jedi wannabe Howie Gordon found out the hard way that on Big Brother 7: All-Stars, the power of evil can be strong, as his apprentice and this week's Head of Household, Chicken George, went over to the dark side and helped get him evicted. TVGuide.com spoke to Hurricane Howie who is currently residing in the sequester house and isn't privy to any info about what he didn't see on the show, or what has happened since about his latest Big Brother stay. Sadly, Howie, who had a minor scuffle with Mike Boogie on his way out the door, wasn't the same chipper fella we talked to pre-All-Stars.
TVGuide.com: Sorry to be talking to you again so soon.
Howie Gordon: [Sighs] I know. I'm in the tropics and all, but I'd rather be in the house kicking some houseguest ass for sure.
TVGuide.com: What happened?
Howie: I'm thankful I got as far as I did because my alliance [Season 6] was kicking some ass early in the game, but I think they got a little shaky and there were probably some side deals going on. At the same time, I was at a tremendous disadvantage because going into the house as a BB6-er, it was 10 on four, and a lot of people had pregame alliances. That was really the downfall of this all-star season. It is sad because Dr. Will is probably one of the greatest players ever he's very manipulative and he does his thing but he had so much help this year. That elevated his game tremendously. With pregame alliances, they can pretend they hate each other and you really can't pick up on things they discussed before the show, which is illegal. In a way they kind of cheated this year. My eviction was a result of pregame alliances.
TVGuide.com: Did you have an alliance with Janelle and the rest of Season 6 going in?
Howie: No! Janey didn't know I was involved with the show until she saw the casting, and then she called me. It was confidential when you were notified of All-Stars you were not allowed to tell anybody until the casting episode came out. Unfortunately that was not [obeyed by] most of the other houseguests. I trusted a certain number of people, but they had alliances with people before coming into the house, and that relationship was stronger than whatever I developed in the house.
TVGuide.com: Do you blame George for putting you up?
Howie: I don't. He's a good guy deep down, but he's really too stupid to recognize and understand the game. He was not going to put me up he swore twice that he was going to keep me safe but then Boogie threatened him in the Red Room right before the nomination ceremony. Right now, Boogie and Will hold a certain power [the coup d'état, though the houseguests weren't told what this was or what it could do]. My understanding of that power is that if you nominate them, they can remove themselves from the chopping block and at that time say, "This person goes up in my place."
TVGuide.com: You did seem mad at George, though, when he put you up.
Howie: Because the night before he swore he was going to keep me safe. Janey and I protected him. Everybody was trying to have him put up as a pawn the week before and we said no, we're not going to put you up. George went back on [his word] because he got pressured. He swore on his life twice that he was not going to put me up, so I took it personally.
TVGuide.com: Not a very Jedi thing to do.
Howie: It was not a Jedi thing to do. It was the downfall of the Jedi alliance. I taught him everything I knew, and he went to the dark side and became a Sith lord and he struck me down. I knew Georgie wasn't a man of his word. He was in there playing for his family and anything at any cost to try to win the game. Obviously he is doing a good job since he is still in there.
TVGuide.com: What exactly did you say to Mike on the way out of the house?
Howie: I walked up to him and said, "Thanks for the sellout." He and Dr. Will promised they were going to vote to keep me. So I took his hat and threw it and he said, "You're a real class act, Howie." Tempers were flaring, emotions were going, and I got up in his face and said something like, "Chill Town's word is mush" and "Anytime, punk." But it was good for TV. I'm not going to just walk out the door like a little wimp.
TVGuide.com: Usually it's all hugging and nice. This was exciting.
Howie: Exactly. James was the first one to hug me and right away I was trying to grab Boogie's hat, but he walked away. So I hugged Erika for a second she can kiss my ass and then Georgie started to hug me and [apologize] and I'm like, "Yeah, right, George, your word means nothing." Danielle was part of my demise, but I hugged her. She's a great game player. I hugged Janey and said my goodbyes to her. Dr. Will just sat there.... But I was looking for Boogie the whole time. I threw his hat, tempers started flaring, James broke it up and he was saying, "Howie, you are a loser."
TVGuide.com: I was a little worried you were going to throw a punch.
Howie: No. I've never hit anybody in my life. Well, I've never thrown the first punch. Even if he'd have hit me I doubt I would have thrown any punches. But am I supposed to walk out like I am not mad? I was majorly pissed off and I expressed myself.
TVGuide.com: You just didn't seem to be having fun this season.
Howie: Me personally? I had 10 times more fun on Big Brother 6. The stress levels were tenfold [on All-Stars]. You had some gunners in this game and you've got the best players of all time, so you don't know who to trust. I'll see [on TV] how it all unravels, but they've got me thinking that James is coming after me. I don't know where Janey's head was, hanging out with ugly Dr. Will all the time. Until I got evicted, I competed in two POV competitions, which probably lasted five minutes or less; a year ago I competed in all except for one and they were a lot more fun. I was getting my ass kicked in a lot of HOH competitions this year. You get rusty if you aren't competing all the time.
TVGuide.com: Who came up with the "Big Boy" nickname?
Howie: Dr. Will. I was eating fries and he was like, "Big Boy like fries." I can dish it out, but I can also take it. I love when people want to rip on me. I'm the first one to laugh. I think it is a great thing.
TVGuide.com: At the beginning of the season you seemed obsessed with Dr. Will.
Howie: He came in [like he was] the greatest and most notorious thing to hit the Big Brother circuit. Getting up close and personal with the guests is my way of getting more comfortable, and hopefully they get more comfortable with me. Is Dr. Will an ugly guy? Not by any means, but is he the greatest thing since sliced bread, like all these girls wooing over him think? Absolutely not. The guy is skinnier than me, paler than me, scrawnier than me and almost as good-looking as me, so where does that leave him?
TVGuide.com: What did you think of the girls on All-Stars?
Howie: Once again, and for the second year in a row, the hottest chick left first Allison. She was coming after me, though, so I was happy to see her go. Janey is hot, but she's like a sister to me. But a stepsister, not blood-related. Dani is married. Diane is cute, nice little petite figure. Nakomis, she can basically kiss my ass. She personally attacked me, telling people not to joke around with me anymore. She doesn't do it for me physically, mentally or emotionally. Erika, she's attractive for an older fossil, but I don't really hunt down cougars. If I hunted girls in their mid-thirties like Erika, I would pick up, like, three girls a day. I like 18- to 23-year-olds. That's my demographic because they are more of a challenge and more apt to reject you and play games with you and tease you. If you do land one it's like catching lightning in a jar. Erika is attractive for a 42-year-old or whatever she is, but she's not my cup of tea.
TVGuide.com: When Marcellas left, you said, "See you next week." Did you have a hunch you were leaving?
Howie: I said that every week. This is Big Brother, where you never know what is going on. I just meant that they were coming for me and that you never know what is going to happen.
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