Big Brother's first evictee of 2014 Gemma Kinghorn pictured with host Sonia Kruger.
Big Brother's first evictee of 2014 Gemma Kinghorn pictured with host Sonia Kruger. Paul Broben

Gemma sets the record straight: Big Brother isn’t a bully

PERTH nurse Gemma Kinghorn is keen to let viewers know she wasn't traumatized by her eviction from the Big Brother house last night.

The 29-year-old was the first of the reality show's 16 housemates to be evicted and many viewers said the way in which she was booted off the show was nasty and cruel.

Kinghorn and her Queensland teammate Jake received the lowest percentage of the public vote and were put up for elimination by their fellow housemates.

In what some fans felt resembled schoolyard bullying, the housemates were asked to stand behind the person they wanted to save and Jake's popularity was immediately clear.

Teammates Jake, left, and Gemma pictured during Gemma's eviction from the Big Brother house.
Teammates Jake, left, and Gemma pictured during Gemma's eviction from the Big Brother house. Paul Broben

"I'm a big strong girl and I can look after myself emotionally and physically," Kinghorn told APN.

"I would have stood behind Jake. I wasn't humiliated to lose to him.

"I expected this to happen… we were all told the rules of Big Brother before we went in."

She said Big Brother, the omnipresent voice of the show, is no bully.

"A lot of people have been saying that and I certainly don't think so," she said.

"I felt more bullied by the housemates than Big Brother. Big Brother was my ally all the way along. I used to talk to Big Brother all the time and he would give me advice."

Kinghorn put her tearful exit down to her disappointment at being the first person kicked off the show.

"I was emotional because I wanted to be in the game," she said.

"It was not that I was upset with how I'd been treated. I was emotional that I was leaving and I didn't get to keep playing."

After spending 17 days in the isolation of the Big Brother house, Kinghorn described her exit as "numbing".

"It was really numbing. I felt numb and faint," she said.

"I couldn't breathe; I couldn't talk; I couldn't walk. It was rough in that sense, but I certainly didn't feel humiliated. I knew it was a game."

It will be interesting to see how the show's producers respond to the viewer backlash to last night's face-to-face eviction.


"Won't be watching any longer BB," Tash Mck wrote on Facebook.

"Sorry, but that was so outrageous what you made Gemma go through last night. It was so cruel that I cannot condone this type of behaviour. I hope Gemma goes onto bigger and brighter things from now on."

Facebook user Penny Small agreed, writing on the show's page: "Gemma needed to leave yes but omg the way she was voted out just NASTY!"

Kinghorn believes the housemates got it wrong last night by choosing to keep a strong player.

"It wasn't' a strategic move in my opinion," she said.

"I tried to push the strategy card with the housemates, you know, is it going to be me (who's going to win) or is it going to be Jake?"

The Big Brother housemates will face the next eviction as individuals.


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