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Big Brother: Over the Top's Cornbread Is Still Confused By His Eviction

Where does he think he went wrong?

Joyce Eng

Jason was the target on the first week of Big Brother: Over the Top, but after he won the Veto, Cornbread ended up being the first casualty, getting evicted by a vote of 9-1-0 on Wednesday. It stings all the more for the self-professed "ol' country boy" since he was America's nominee and he pretty much thought he was safe all week.

So why does he think the house and his alliance turned on him? Does he think America has too much power? See what he says below.
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What was going through you head when you were evicted? You seemed very angry in the moment and you said, "F--- y'all" and didn't hug anybody.
It goes to the point of shock. When you're in shock, you don't always do or say the right thing, and I just felt like I needed to get out of there. It's very embarrassing. ... I've done an about-face. Just excited to go home and tell the funny stories and move on.

Do you regret not saying goodbye to everyone?
Kind of. But I didn't owe everyone a goodbye. When they sat there - I mean, 9 to 1, that's pretty brutal. The other thing, too, that people don't understand is when I go to hug people, I pretty much put them on the spot and people might think, "Oh, he only hugged him, so they're in an alliance together." I really just felt like I needed to get out of there.

How blindsided were you by the vote?
I had a sixth sense it was happening. I was probably like 40 percent they were going to send me out the door and 60 percent that I was going to stay. It is what it is. Expect the unexpected, you know? ... They started getting quiet and not looking me in the eye [during the week]. They kind of avoided me. Being up on that block is just very confusing. You just don't know who's switching and who's not. Mannerisms go a long way, body language and all that. It just got to the point where they weren't talking and weren't buddy-buddy.

You felt close to Scott. Why didn't you ask him, like, "Hey, be straight with me"?
I campaigned all the way up to voting, like, "Hey, we still good?" And they were like, "Yeah." So I left it at that. I didn't want to be in their face the whole time because that's how people know you're in an alliance with someone, when you're spending all your time with them.

Why do you think the house turned on you?
I don't know why. That's pretty confusing. I think the main thing was, I was thrown up on the block [by America] and nobody had blood on their hands if they got me out. I was the strongest person on the block this week. It was a strategical [sic] thing. "Go ahead and get rid of him. We'll deal with the weaker players down the line." Ultimately, I made a bold move. I didn't realize Jason was voted in by America. I thought he went through the casting process and everything. My alliance asked me if I wanted to be HOH and I really didn't want to. I wanted to stay under the limelight, so I helped my alliance out and in the end, my alliance didn't help me.

You think you giving Jason the bug got you nominated?
Oh yeah. That was the main reason, I think.

Do you think the house voted you out because you were America's nominee and they didn't want to go against America, or because of something you did during the week?
I can go in 10 different directions. I think it was the fact that I was up there and it was a good move for them to go ahead and get me out.
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You were surprised when Julie told you Alex, not Scott, voted to evict Danielle. Why do you think Alex did that?
Me and Alex had a connection in there and she proved it to me right then that she was going to have my back all the way to the end.

You told Julie that you were seeing right through Shane. What did you mean by that?
I could be wrong, but I felt like Shane was very hard to read and I was very suspicious of him. I like him as a person and he always made me feel comfortable, but at the same time, the things that he did seem kind of shady. I could be wrong. The more I was around him, the more it didn't feel right. And there were a couple times around the eviction when he was talking to the enemy and when I walked in, they all got quiet. I think he was a major part of the whole eviction.

The other day, you went on a rant about Shelby. Do you think that hurt you in everyone's eyes, seeing you blow up?
I can't cry over spilled milk. She came at me several times and she had the rest of the house upset too. I wish I stayed in the Diary Room and did that, but I don't regret anything I did. I'm just rolling with the punches.

Cornbread, Big Brother: Over the Top

Cornbread, Big Brother: Over the Top

Lisette M. Azar, CBS

Did you adapt your strategy at all after getting nominated by America?
I slowed down the talking a little bit. I tried to make amends with Shelby and we did pretty good. We didn't have any more problems after that. But I knew at that time it was out of my hands. The decision was made one way or the other.

What do you think of all these twists? Do you think America has too much power?
I don't like it. I don't think it's playing the game. It's a lot easier for someone who's not in that house going through the pressure to make a decision because there are no shadows. They can see every blemish and every issue. I think the game is based on playing between the people in the house. Sometimes I think they want more drama than [would do] them good. They're trying to keep things on edge. I don't blame them. It makes for good entertainment.

Granted you're the first one out, but do you think the houseguests would ever not vote out America's nominee if there's no clear target they're after?
Well, if they plan on winning the game, since America votes [for the winner], why not do it? I think it's easy to vote out America's nominee. The only reason things went sour is because [Jason] got the Veto. The Veto was a crapshoot. It didn't take any skill or any kind of strength to do it. It was all luck. And touché. He got out there and kept putting the numbers in and got it. Hats off to Jason. I had no problem with Jason. Me and Jason made amends in there because he didn't like me based on where I was from and stuff like that, but as he kept talking to me, he grew to like me.

Are you still rooting for Scott to win?
I have mixed emotions on that the more I thought about it. I do have to say once the house has made a decision, you do kind of have to go with it just to keep yourself clean. I'd like to see him do good. He deserves a good start. He's really a big fan of the show.

Julie told you about Alex and Morgan being sisters. You really didn't suspect anything?
I knew there was some kind of twist, some professional or something, because they always do that, like Ariana Grande's brother on Season 16. There's always some kind of hidden agenda in there.

Do you think they can last the whole game with no one figuring it out? They look pretty similar.
They do look pretty similar. One's a lot taller. No one's gonna suspect that. The only reason I said them [when Julie asked who I thought the sisters were] was because I put two and two together. They're both from Texas. When Julie asked me about that, I was like, "Ah!" They were the most matched who could be sisters.

Why did you tell everyone your name was Chad when your name's Michael?
Chad's my middle name. That's kind of what I go by in my normal life. My brothers and me all go by our middle names. We're the A, B, C boys: Alan, Brian and Chad. I really don't know how to explain it, but we really don't use our first names very often unless we're doing paperwork or something. ... My family calls me Chad, but all my friends call me Cornbread. ... I'm a man of many names!

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