Just hours after the show ended, the reality star opens up about learning in real time how Todrick Hall played the game, which she says will “change” her perception of him.
Unlike most “Celebrity Big Brother” Exit interviews, this season’s finalists were given just a few moments to process everything that just happened in the live final before opening up about their experience at home.
when TooFab speak with Cynthia Bailey A few moments after watching the West Coast epic showdown, she said she hadn’t gotten her phone back yet. But it picked up a lot of information.
In case it needs to be said, a spoiler warning as we’ll talk about the CBB finale including who won and what happened during the live broadcast.
The only vote for Todrick Hall After everyone else on the judging panel got a chance to see the entirety of his play, third-placed Cynthia admitted that she might have “voted differently” had she not been the last from out of the house.
Cynthia didn’t even join the jury until after her trip or death at home, Carson KressleyI have already apologised Shanna Mockler For him and Cynthia turn on her based on Todrick’s unbridled exaggeration in Shanna’s game, painting her as betraying Carson and Cynthia.
On the other hand, this was a great play move for Todrick, which kept him going or dying Misha Tate — which she ended up winning — than getting fired, but it was also an incredibly sloppy play that made Shanna’s last day at home almost unbearable even to watch Carson and Cynthia repel her in feelings of betrayal.
Processing all the new information she got about the move, as well as Todrick’s personal attacks and comments about The Houseguests, even after they were cleared, she said she was saddened by what she had learned and that “it is clear that my perception of him will change.” Cynthia has also vowed to “make things right” with Shana now that she knows the truth.
Read on to see if Cynthia has any regrets about not doing more homework about how she played “Big Brother,” what the jury was whispering to her during the live broadcast, plus her reactions about coming in third, and finding out. That the jury would have likely voted to win if it had been there.
She is also open about that sinister fight with Todd Bridgeswho was one of her idols, how did she celebrate her birthday at home and then what – more reality TV shows?
It was a night, but you did it. our end!
It was a night, and it will be a longer night. I just got out of this house and it looks like hell has broken.
You got pretty much caught up in the jury’s firestorm. What was that experience for you?
I just remember being so excited that I made it to Final 3. And did my little interview. I wasn’t expecting to go in – I knew if Misha and Todrick won they would pick each other out, so that wasn’t surprising there. And honestly, I didn’t even think I’d make it as much as I did. So I interviewed Julie and then I went to see the staff and everyone like stone faces. I love what happens. I can’t talk to anyone yet because we’re filming the show and, like Carson, “You should watch the show,” trying to send me a message. And I, like, what? It’s like, we’ve been duped. I’m like what? I had no idea what was going on. And then we started voting, I was the last person to vote and I was confused as to why everyone was voting for Misha. I was like, what’s going on, because at home, which was my world last month, Misha and Todrick are the same person. They are the dynamic duo that work together. So I was like, wait, I just assumed it was going to be, you know, 50/50, you know, a tie, whatever. And I was, like, that’s weird, I don’t know what’s going on..
How was the mood after the show ended?
oh, [people were] drunk. drunk! They were like, watch the show, call me tomorrow. I was like, OK, OK.
Did Carson pull you aside, maybe explain to you at least Shanna’s part of it all?
He basically told me that Todrick and Misha basically lied to us and that it wasn’t true that she cheated on us. I’m still processing that because I literally just got out of the house two hours ago…but I’m devastated because I was — you know, freaking out if that’s the deal. You have to realize, when you are at home, your alliance is all you have. Like, I know in the real world it’s probably not that deep. But Shanna and Carson were like – they were my roommates, it was all I had. So thinking about anyone betraying one of us was as if the world was coming to an end. And especially Carson because he was so tender and he was so cool with Shanna and me. He gave so much to the house, which is why he got the admiration of fans, or whatever his name is. I seem to owe Shana a personal and public apology, all I have to do, I really want to correct. I was reacting to what I thought was happening. As someone who isn’t a big fan of Big Brother, I didn’t know they could do that. I was like, it must be true. You betrayed us.
Everyone in the house was like, Oh no, they’re falling for it!
Oh my God oh my God! Oh, wow.
Knowing what you know now, it obviously hasn’t been long, and you haven’t seen a lot of shots yourself yet –
I have not seen Any thing!
– Are you still standing by your vote… at the moment?
Well, I mean, if I hadn’t been the last person to walk out of the house and watch the show, I think I might have voted differently. My reality at the time was what was happening at home. Todrick was good to me. I had a great time with him. Now that I know this information, that would obviously change my perception of him. Which is really annoying, because I really had a soft spot for him; I really love Todrick. It’s awful because now I have to get this right with Shana. It’s a mess. In some ways I honestly thought being on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” for 11 seasons would have prepared me for “Big Brother”. you did not. [It’s a] Full Leather Beast. If there was a book about what not to do in “Big Brother” – I think I could write the book because I broke all the rules, I did everything that probably didn’t make sense to the fans. They’re like, What is Cynthia doing? I didn’t win anything, I never had the strength.
You are not mistaken. But, most of the actors made it look like they would have voted for you had you been in the top two. How does that make you feel?
That’s what I heard but of course I didn’t win. I wish I could say that part of my strategy all along on the show was not to win to not put a goal on my back, but that’s not true. I actually wanted to win something, anything, and I didn’t. But I made it to final 3 so that was a small victory for me because at that point I was able to make it with my strength that I’m a really good cook and I clean the toilets really well. I kept those toilets clean.
I’ve talked quite a bit about this, but do you wish you had done more homework before going home? If you understood the game a bit more, how do you think that might change your experience?
I did not understand the assignment dear, okay? I did not understand the task. I think if I had known more about how “Big Brother” works, I might have navigated it a little differently. I mean, I literally said, I wouldn’t jump into an alliance right away; The first person who asked me to enter into an alliance was Carson, I’m like, “Yeah, I’m in.” I was like, I’m going to lie down for the first week, it was like, Soul Fingers, I’m all here. focus on. It’s just crazy because I’m still trying to figure out–at the end of the day, like I said, I make a medium potato salad and I clean up really well, because there’s no reason to make it that much unless these people just want me in the house.
There was a moment when you and Todd had a hot moment that made some headlines.
Oh, I love Todd. I love todd. This was all about my faithfulness to my word to Teddy, with whom I was in an alliance and Todd, who I was not in an alliance, was in his feelings that I did not vote for him. I’m like, we haven’t had any conversations. This is my partner in the alliance. I have given this woman my word, I have to respect my word. I’m sorry it escalated further than it used to be, but in my defense, I’m 55 in the “big brother” house. I’m premenopausal, okay? I have mood swings, hot flashes, cold flashes, so I might be hormonal – maybe overreacting. All I know is 50 Cent came over for a minute, apologized and we were able to move on. I’m so happy for that because Todd is the guy you were so excited to see because for some reason you don’t see Todd Bridges anyway. So I was like, Oh my God, it’s Todd Bridges!
Did you celebrate your birthday indoors? Did you do anything to celebrate?
I did, but it was so sweet and bittersweet. It was like, OK, you can hear two songs, and I picked Luther Vandross “So Amazing” and Bruno Mars “Leave The Door Open.” They gave us sushi from Katsuya. I thought I had such one – a bottle of wine like this [holds up single-serving size bottle] They sang happy birthday to me. It was like five people. I think it was me and Todrick and Misha and Lamar and Todd. But did you know? It will be an unforgettable birthday for sure.
I finished ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’, ‘Ultimate Girls Trip’ which skewed a bit. Do you see more reality TV shows in your future then.
I have a movie coming out in Lifetime, I’ve been really focused on – I don’t even know if it’s coming out, maybe it’s coming out or being brought up. I don’t have my phone yet!. And I just found out that Beyoncé gave me a shout out for my birthday, which I’m flipping too. And I just found out that Rihanna is pregnant! So, I’ll say I’m really focused on acting and hosting and like switching tracks a little bit. But hey, it’s not over to be over. never say never. I feel after doing ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, if I can survive this house, I can do anything, that’s for sure.