'Big Brother': GinaMarie loses her job over racist comments

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Two Big Brother contestants won’t have much to do when they leave the BB house. Earlier we reported that Aaryn Gries was dropped by her modeling agency as a result of her racist comments on the show’s live Web feed; now, another housemate suffered the same fate.

GinaMarie Zimmerman is a former beauty queen who coordinates pageants for young women — or that’s what she used to do: East Coast USA Pageant Inc. told EW in a statement Wednesday that she had been let go because of her comments.

“We have never known this side of Ginamarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past,” CEO Lauren Handler said in the statement. “We are actually thankful that this show let us see Ginamarie for who she truly is as we would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants. It is unfortunate that her hateful words were able to be witnessed by so many thousands of Big Brother fans as they were rightfully so deeply offended. We are unable to contact her at this time but when she returns from the Big Brother house we will be terminating her employment for her unforgivable behavior. In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal.”

GinaMarie’s profile states that if she was able to win Big Brother, “I would use my personality and popularity to be in the spotlight and make me a household name.” She just might become one — but not for the reason that she was hoping.

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