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One of the most controversial houseguests in Big Brother history, Russell Kairouz, is speaking out about his time in the Big Brother house. The 24-year-old mixed martial artist was known for his in your face aggressive game play on BB. Russell touted himself as, “the best combination of intelligence, strength, and charisma.”

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Russell speaks out about who has played the best game so far, how a banana slipped him up and why he has no regrets. Below are excerpts from this interview -

Did you really think that you could flip Kevin and have him vote against Natalie?
Yes, I did think I could flip Kevin because I’m a stronger competitor than Natalie and I didn’t see why he wouldn’t have wanted me as an ally because she has not won anything.

Jeff has been solidly in control, but Kevin is coming along as the dark horse. Who has played the best game so far?
So far, Kevin is playing the best game. He’s stayed under the radar and has avoided all conflict.

What’s the singular moment where it all went horribly wrong for you?
There wasn’t a singular moment … I just didn’t win the OTEV Power of Veto … damn banana with Laura’s name on it. My game play was perfect up to that point.

Do you have any regrets about making Ronnie cry, threatening Jeff or verbally abusing Jordan?
Not at all. They all signed on the BB dotted line and knew what they were getting in to when they went into the BB house. If they don’t have a tough skin, that’s not my fault.

You had a noble purpose to win — you wanted to give the money to your parents. Do you think your mom and dad are proud of the way that you treated the women on the show?
I did not separate anyone on the show by race, gender or religion. Everyone was an equal game player in my mind and subject to the same game play from me. Anything that went on during the game was strategy and an attempt to use to my advantage … My persona on the show was a character [and ] in no way a true representation of me. My family is well aware of this.

What would you have done differently?
I would have withheld some information that I knew about people.

Who are you going to stay in contact with? why?
Jessie and Casey. They were my two closest relationships in the house.

You are joining Lydia and Jessie in their love nest that is the Jury house. How prepared are you to be the third wheel?
I’m ready to become the third wheel … I don’t have a strategy on how to manage the next few days, but it’s all good. I’ll be hiding my sweaters for sure.

Did you really think that you could flip Kevin and have him vote against Natalie?
Yes, I did think I could flip Kevin because I’m a stronger competitor than Natalie and I didn’t see why he wouldn’t have wanted me as an ally because she has not won anything.

Jeff has been solidly in control, but Kevin is coming along as the dark horse. Who has played the best game so far?
So far, Kevin is playing the best game. He’s stayed under the radar and has avoided all conflict.

Your mantra seems to be, “Either love me, or hate me.” Did that worked against you in the house, where slipping under the radar is often more effective?
Slipping under the radar only works for some people. My personality and stature … it doesn’t work … not a viable option.

How many people in the house ended up loving you and how many ended up hating you?
I don’t care who loved me, I came to make money … not friends. Having said that, I hold no grudge against anyone.

You told me that your strategy was, “I will charm to get my way. I will flirt with who I think I can get the most out of.” When were you planning on using either one of those?
You’ve seen the show, right? For a moment in time, it worked on Chima. Beyond that, it only worked at the beginning of the game to get Michele on my side.

What’s the singular moment where it all went horribly wrong for you?
There wasn’t a singular moment … I just didn’t win the OTEV Power of Veto … damn banana with Laura’s name on it. My game play was perfect up to that point.

Do you have any regrets about making Ronnie cry, threatening Jeff or verbally abusing Jordan?
Not at all. They all signed on the BB dotted line and knew what they were getting in to when they went into the BB house. If they don’t have a tough skin, that’s not my fault.

You had a noble purpose to win — you wanted to give the money to your parents. Do you think your mom and dad are proud of the way that you treated the women on the show?
I did not separate anyone on the show by race, gender or religion. Everyone was an equal game player in my mind and subject to the same game play from me. Anything that went on during the game was strategy and an attempt to use to my advantage … My persona on the show was a character [and ] in no way a true representation of me. My family is well aware of this.

What would you have done differently?
I would have withheld some information that I knew about people.

Are you going to look Ronnie up and apologize to him and his wife at any point?
It was all part of the game … If they can’t separate true reality from a game, they should not enter the realm of BB where the game revolved around lying, cheating and deceit. I don’t know Ronnie’s wife … My comments were game-play.

Who are you going to stay in contact with? why?
Jessie and Casey. They were my two closest relationships in the house.

What did you learn about yourself in the house?
I learned that I have the ability to act as different characters in a stressful environment while simultaneously playing a game for 56 days, 24-7!

What was with the suits at the eviction ceremonies? You dressed each time like you were going to a funeral. Is that somehow strategy or vanity?
I have my own style … like it or not. I dressed on Thursday the way I did because I knew I was going home and was separating myself from the game.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “technotronic“?
Moron.

You are joining Lydia and Jessie in their love nest that is the Jury house. How prepared are you to be the third wheel?
I’m ready to become the third wheel … I don’t have a strategy on how to manage the next few days, but it’s all good. I’ll be hiding my sweaters for sure.

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Following in the footsteps of his wife Kate, Jon Gosselin has also scored his first sit-down interview since Kate filed for divorce back in June.

Good Morning America scored the first post-split interview with the Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad. On Friday, Jon sat down with GMA‘s Chris Cuomo and spoke out on Kate Gosselin, TLC, and his future in showbiz.

A source on set during the taping tells E! News that Jon was “very open and honest” about his feelings toward Kate and even delved into his thoughts on the future of Jon & Kate Plus Eight.

“TLC has had him on a gag order and he’s sick of it,” says the source.

“Jon says he doesn’t see himself as a celebrity, but because the public does, it will make it hard for him to go back to a normal life and a normal job,” spills the source. “He wants to stay in the TV industry and has a lot of ideas.”

Jon’s interview is scheduled to air on Good Morning America in the next week, as well as ABC’s other news staple 20/20.

Bethenny Frankel with Jill Zarin

There have been rumors that BFFs Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel were on the outs, and Bethenny now seems to be confirming these rumors with her recent comments.

Bethenny had some harsh words for her Real Housewives of New York City castmate, calling her recent actions “utterly embarrassing.” Those recent actions include Jill’s public outings with the likes of Jon Gosselin and Michael Lohan.

“Why would Jill be hanging with Jon Gosselin and Michael Lohan?” she asked of Jill’s escapades with the D-List dads in Southampton. “That was like an episode of ‘The Surreal Life.’ It is utterly embarrassing. I mean, honestly, Urkel should have come – and if Gary Coleman showed up, it would have been perfect.”

Bethenny doesn’t stop there. As she stirred up drinks she created in honor of celebs, she snapped “No!” when asked if she created a drink for former BFF Jill, “Jill doesn’t get a drink,” said Bethenny.

This isn’t too surprising as the pair have not been photographed together in recent months. I have also heard stories about Jill becoming too big for her britches. Some are saying she has become a total diva, and a nightmare to be around. I read a story about her pulling the “Do you know who I am” outburst while she was waiting to get served at a restaurant. She seems to truly consider herself a celebrity, and wants to be famous at all cost.

This new drift should make for an interesting new season of The Real Housewives of New York.

The Hills Audrina Patridge

Audrina Patridge has decided to follow in the footsteps of former castmate, Lauren Conrad, as she has also decided to leave her hit show, The Hills.

“I’m almost done with The Hills. We’re in the middle of finishing these episodes, and I’ll be leaving then,” Audrina revealed at a junket for her new thriller Sorority Row Sunday in LA.

“It feels like I’m graduating,” she added. “I’m taking the next step and growing up and maturing and moving on in my life.”

This might also have to do with the fact that Audrina,24, is currently developing her own reality show with Survivor producer Mark Burnett.

Audrina also plans to continue pursuing her acting career, and credits The Hills for helping her, “I feel like it’s helped me a lot going to auditions and sitting in front of the camera… blocking the camera out and just getting into character.”

The new season of The Hills is set to premiere Sept. 29 on MTV.

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The latest in Jon Gosselin‘s diarrhea of the mouth comes his claim that the media is exploiting his children.

Jon tells E! News, “I do believe the media and tabloids covering my family and the show for their own financial gain are the ones exploiting them.”

The Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad however makes certain to exclude his show’s network, TLC, out of the equation, “I’m not saying TLC is exploiting my children…I have said on numerous occasions TLC has afforded my kids a better life and has helped provide a better roof on their heads.”

So according to Jon The Genius, the media and tabloids are exploiting his kids, but the network which makes millions off putting his kids on national television is the only one not exploiting them. Perhaps Jon needs to realize majority of the “media and tabloid” stories have little to do with his kids, and more to do with his recent very public and somewhat shameful behavior, which includes sleeping with his kids’ babysitter, as well as numerous other women.

In other news, Jon was paid an undisclosed amount of money to host a pool party Saturday night at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The above photo is from the party. About 2,000 people were said to have been in attendance.

SURVIVOR: SAMOA

CBS has unveiled it’s latest cast of Survior:Samoa. This will be the 19th season of the series, which premieres Thursday, Sept. 17 (8 p.m. EST).

There is however a twist this season, as competing tribes will be asked to immediately pick a chief, someone to make all the decisions for the group, according to a press release from CBS.

“Surrounded by coconut palms in a land steeped in tradition, the Samoans who inhabit this island have a proud history and strong sense of community that has enabled their own survival,” the release says. “From the start of the game, Survivor embraces this Samoan culture by incorporating an ancient tradition of electing an individual leader of the village.”

Photos and a brief bio of the cast members below -

CBS Survivor Samoa David BallDavid Ball
Age: 38
Hometown: Los Angeles
Occupation: fitness instructor

 

CBS Survivor Samoa Betsy BolanBesty Bolan
Age: 48
Hometown: Campton, N.H.
Occupation: Police Officer

Shayne-Lamas

The winner of of Matt Grant‘s heart on The Bachelor: London Calling, Shayne Lamas, is getting her own reality show on the E! Network. Shayne and Matt broke up last year due to rumors Matt wanted to marry her for a green card and that Shayne had allegedly cheated on him.

Leave it to Lamas will follow the former Bachelor star and the rest of her family as they live their Hollywood lifestyles.

We can expect to see some major drama on the show as it will feature Shayne’s dad — Lorenzo Lamas, as well as Shayne’s brother — AJ Lamas. It is alleged that Shauna Sand, Lorenzo’s fourth wife and a former Playboy model, allegedly slept with AJ, her 18-year-old stepson a while back. It should make for interesting TV to see how the family deals with this tidbit of info.

Shayne’s half sister Dakota Pike, their mom and Lorenzo’s ex-wife Michele Smith, will also make appearances on the show. The show is being produced by Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss.

Leave it to Lamas is set to premiere Sunday, October 11 at 10:30pm ET –immediately after The Girls Next Door‘s sixth season premiere.

A Photo of AJ with his sister Dakota is below -

AJ Lamas with sister Dakota Lamas

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Jon Gosselin is denying an USWeekly report that quoted him as wanting to quit his hit show, Jon & Kate Plus 8.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, he flats out denies the story.  “I never said that,” Jon said while speaking outside his house on Wednesday. “A fan asked me, ‘Don’t you sometimes wish you could go back to a 9-to-5 job?’ [And my reply was,] ‘Yeah, because this is 24/7 and 9-to-5ers punch in and punch out and you have no responsibilities.’ “

Jon continues, “Here … you have to watch what you say so it doesn’t contradict something else.” Jon believes the false story was a result of someone having “overheard something that was nothing.”

He also cleared up another rumor about the kids not wanting to film anymore, saying — “And the other one was that the kids didn’t want to film anymore. No, they just didn’t want to film that day.”

When asked about his Lies Lies Lies t-shirt, Jon says: “I just thought it was funny, because people can write anything about me.”

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