Looking back, 20/20. Michael Bruner looks back at his explosive exit from Big Brother 24 during a double checkout on Thursday, September 8th.
The 28-year-old lawyer was evicted unanimously after a veto was exercised. He took the opportunity to call his closest ally Brittany Hoops, who was sitting on the block next to him, in his fight to stay speech, which seemed to come as a shock to her. Then, after the voices were read, he immediately left without hugs and goodbyes.
“I would regret it if I didn’t do my best to stay,” Michael says exclusively. Us weekly about throwing Brittany under the bus a bit, adding, “I’m not a hugger. I didn’t want to pretend, “Oh, let’s all hug.” It’s OK.’ on my way to the door. And I wanted a bit of a dramatic exit. I have a penchant for drama, what can I say? That’s why I left without saying anything.”
The Minnesota native should have been targeted as he won a total of nine events during the season, drew with legend Janelle Pierzina, and even broke her 16-year record of six veto wins in a single season.
“I don’t necessarily regret winning these competitions,” Michael says of placing a “computer beast” target on his back. “I think at the beginning of the game, when you are on the block, you are in a position where you have to win. And by the time I felt like I didn’t need to win, I had already won five competitions. So I don’t necessarily regret winning them.”
However, he admits, “I do think I didn’t handle my threat level the way I should have. I’d rather quit because I won too much than have a competition and then go home anyway. So while I’d rather win the game, I’m glad I’m leaving the game with at least a record.”
Last week, Michael came under fire (along with Brittany) for hiding racist comments. Kyle Kapener did until it became profitable for their game to reveal them to the rest of the guests at home.
“Having heard feedback from everyone still in the house on how they would like the information to be handled, I regret not saying something sooner,” says Michael. Us. “I feel that no matter when the information was put into the game, it will always look like it was used for my benefit and further advancement. Any information that gets into the game, no matter what it is, people will always assume it’s a vested interest.”
He continues: “I understand why people were skeptical about timing. In the end, I tried to do what I thought was right. I knew I wanted to speak. I would regret it if I left the game and didn’t say anything. So I don’t regret what I said. I really wish it had been handled differently.”
As for who’s playing the best and worst games right now, Michael says, “I think that Monte [Taylor] probably plays the best game. I think he did a really good job of managing his threat level, which I didn’t. And I think the jury will respect him if he can make it to two finals. I think so too Taylor [Hale]plays great, but I probably prefer Monte.”
He continues, “As for the worst game, you don’t get into the final five by chance. I would not say that someone plays badly. I really think Britta will be the hardest to beat if she makes it to the final. I think people saw her acting as something that she was hooked on to me. I know she was strategic behind the scenes, but I think it will be very difficult for her if she gets to the final two, unless she can take it here and get some competition wins and do some things on her own. . I think she’s going to have a hard time in front of the jury.”
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