Dan Gheesling, the 25-year-old Catholic school teacher from Michigan, has to be the nicest winner in Big Brother history. Below, Dan talks a bit about his landslide victory last night and his thoughts on this season ...
Q: What did you think of the unanimous vote in your favor? Who did you think was the least likely to vote for you on the jury?
Dan Gheesling: Man I was hoping to get four votes … maybe. But 7-0, wow, what a phenomenal feeling. I thought Keesha and Renny were solid but the others were up in the air. I thought Jerry and Libra would vote for Memphis and April, Ollie and Michelle would decide the game. I think this is a first in Big Brother history. (Editor’s note: He’s right. It is. Even the Big Brother master, Dr. Will, had two votes against him in season 2.)
Q: There was speculation in the house that you were America’s player. Did that last for long?
Dan Gheesling: I had to fight that off every second thanks to one woman: Libra. She started the America’s Player conspiracy. It went on constantly. I always had to battle it.
Q: Let’s talk about Jerry’s Judas comment. Were you hurt by that or more hurt by the implication that Jessie Godderz, of all people, was representing Jesus in that scenario?
Dan Gheesling: Neither was offensive. It was like water running off my back. I never let it pull me in. I knew what they were trying to do, but it was not worth getting into personal fight over religion. I was focused on the game.Q: It’s all over now Dan, so you can say it. Who was really a vile person in the house?
Dan Gheesling: You’re trying to get me in trouble here! How about we say who was the most un-clean? The person with the least amount of personal hygiene was Jerry, but we still loved him. At 75 he doesn’t need to wash his hands anymore.
Q: We saw your girlfriend Monica hug you at the end. Did she think you acted like a good boy?
Dan Gheesling: Monica was pretty supportive but I had some questions to answer. One had to do with my sharing a place to sleep with Keesha. I assured Monica that I built a wall of pillows between us and put a picture of Monica on top of the pillow wall. I told Monica it was for game play. Any girl would hate to see her boyfriend in bed with a girl as beautiful and charming and nice as Keesha, but we were just friends.
Q: Was it just us or were you always yelling to the camera in the diary room? Are you just a loud talker?
Dan Gheesling: I tried to be very inconspicuous, very calm, in the house. I’m very calm as a teacher. But after school as a coach I like to get fired up. So in the diary room I’d like to coach up America. That was my chance. I took it and ran with it.
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