Austin Matelson – Big Brother 17 Eviction Interview

Austin Matelson walked out the front door of the Big Brother house without so much as his shoes on but he did have an incredible look of shock on his face.

Austin Matelson talks with Julie Chen outside BB17
Austin Matelson talks with Julie Chen outside BB17 – Source: CBS

Yes, it was blindside time in the Big Brother 17 house on Tuesday night when Austin was caught off guard when Vanessa broke the tie against him and sent him out the door to join the Jury. When he left the house Austin warned Vanessa this had sunk her chances of a victory, but did he still feel the same hours later? Read on to find out.

You seemed in total shock when you walked out of the house – completely blindsided. What was going through your head at that moment?

Austin: Vanessa completely betrayed me. I knew it was a possibility because it’s Big Brother, but her whole game was about playing with integrity and not betraying me since we made a final two deal on the second day. She swore to me on her family, her girlfriend, the LGBT community and the Bible and she’ll have to deal with those consequences of making those pledges and going back on it.

Then, I thought about Liz. I felt so bad that she would have to stay in that environment. Her heart is too good to play with people like this and I can’t be there to protect her. That’s the hardest part for me.

BBN: Why do you think Vanessa broke the tie against you and do you blame her or John for your eviction?

Austin: I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. I don’t blame John – I was never aligned with John. I thought she would never do this to me, especially after shaking my hand, not just on day 2 but this week as well. It just doesn’t seem necessary and I think it’s going to cost her the game.

BBN: Despite Vanessa nearly backdooring you and repeated warnings from HGs you continued to work with and seemingly trust her. Did you really trust Vanessa and what was your perception of her in the game?

Austin: I never fully trusted her. However, I really never had a chance to eliminate her. When Liz and I were in power, we could not have taken her out because she won the HOH during the jury comp so she would have been back in the house.

Ultimately, she also won too many competitions and was in power too often. Perhaps in hindsight, I should have kept James safe but I wanted to trust somebody I made a deal with. My bad.

BBN: What advice would you send back to Liz right now to help her get through to the end?

Austin: Liz – I love you. You are the strongest girl I’ve ever met and you have the ability within you to win the final few competitions and take home the grand prize. The light at the end of the tunnel is there and I believe in you.

BBN: What happened to your “princess in a castle” that you told us about preseason when you mentioned a showmance wasn’t going to be part of your game.

Austin: I found my real princess.

BBN: You mentioned recently that you had to target the guys early on because they were competition against you for Liz. How many of your eviction votes were based on romantic interests instead of game strategy?

Austin: Zero. That was me being sarcastic. But, Liz is very attractive and it’s tough keeping guys away from her. I have my work cut out for me.

BBN: Aside from voting, how else did your showmance impact your game? Do you think it helped or hurt you overall?

Austin: I think it helped it because after week one when Jace was backdoored, I decided to play this game protecting Liz. Next thing you know, we’re developing feelings for each other, she has a twin sister and we were in a strong position in the house.

My strategy evolved out of our relationship. Ultimately, that did not cost me the game. What cost me the game, was trusting Vanessa’s integrity.

BBN: Which two Houseguests do you most hope to see sitting at the F2?

Austin: Liz and Steve.

BBN: What is the biggest mystery you’re anxious to have answered once Big Brother 17 is over?

Austin: Well, obviously why Vanessa decided to betray me now and what was up with Audrey?

Watch our preseason interview with Austin Matelson to see how his game transformed from his planned strategy:

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  1. Wow its amazing how people see themselves and their game. His showmance cost him his relationship with Vanessa and if he hadn’t been so close with Liz she wouldn’t have voted him out. Take responsibility for your actions.He made several mistakes the biggest one was greating a huge target of Austwins alliance. Glad he’s gone.

    • I agree, it was clear who those two would be taking with them to the finale . each other, which is why they had to be broken up.

      • Agree. The second he got together with Liz, his F2 with Vanessa was over. Vanessa just outplayed him and betrayed him before he could betray her! It is obvious, too, that Steve doesn’t care for Vanessa. The comments he made in the SR and elsewhere proved where is loyalty really is..with JM. Steve just acts like a big baby most of the time…I guess that was part of his strategy.

      • I believe Steve’s problem with his immature ways r from his mommie not letting him grow up.Don’t get me wrong my family is very close but we were all taught to be very independent people but to each there own.

      • I’m actually on the same page as Steve as far as being very close with my mom. I think in Steve’s case is that he a bit too dependent on his because of him being social awkward and her being in every aspect of his life so far.

        Being on BB has proven to be therapeutic as he did come to his own without having to rely so much on his mom. The sepaation anxiety is still there but I think he’s much comfortable with the distance now than when we first saw in him back in his preshow interviews.

      • I agree he has come along way and I hope he continues to grow and get confident that he can branch out and I wish him nothing but the best So Rock On Steve!!

      • I agree he has come along way and I hope he continues to grow and get confident that he can branch out and I wish him nothing but the best So Rock On Steve!!

      • I think Steve has a form of Aspergers. He’s very socially awkward but very intelligent. I hope he is in F2 with J Mac

      • I think Vanessa could manipulate him so easily because he was missing his mom and she filled that role, telling him what to do.

      • Not exactly. Steve is very careful on talking game with Vanessa. He knows very well that whatever he says to her could be used against him as a so-called “reason” to drop him, especially if Vanessa suddenly suffers a case of selective amnesia.

        It’s basically his only line of defence against her.

      • I’m actually on the same page as Steve as far as being very close with my mom. I think in Steve’s case is that he a bit too dependent on his because of him being social awkward and her being in every aspect of his life so far.

        Being on BB has proven to be therapeutic as he did come to his own without having to rely so much on his mom. The sepaation anxiety is still there but I think he’s much comfortable with the distance now than when we first saw in him back in his preshow interviews.

  2. That was by far the best blind side of the season ! Seeing how Austin huffed out without his shoes on and went on griping about all the broken promises, well hun this is big brother and most promises in the house will be broken. Guaranteed.

  3. Got to wonder if Steve and the others walked off laughing about how the “Boy” didn’t leave and the “Man” did. Was that smart to declare yourself the stronger of the two on the block and that is why he should stay?

  4. He keeps sayings he has been protecting Liz. It’s so annoying! It was definitely the other way round. I’m so happy he got evicted.

    • He keeps using the word ‘protecting.’ The word he should be using is ‘controlling.’ His attitude toward her and others is appalling. Major red flags should be flying all over the place with Liz.

      • I disagree! If I was Liz, I would get a restraining order on him. He followed her like a little puppy all the time! Red flags!!!

      • Everything he said in this interview has the tone of jealous and controlling boyfriend. I hope, for Liz, once she is reconnected with the real world she walks away from that situation. Imagine them going to a club in Miami together and a random guy just chatting with her what his reaction is going to be. Yikes.

      • Liz said on BBAD last night that she doesn’t see a long distance relationship with him working. This means that she has no plans to move to LA as well. I remember a conversation she has with Austin about it on the feeds a few weeks ago where they were discussing her moving to LA and she clearly was only playing along.

        They at done. No chance for them after the game AND Austin threw away the girl that he did have. He did this to himself but he is going to end up alone and even less desired in the “Entertainment Industry” (whatever that is and spoiler: I live in Hollywood) than he thinks he was.

        His only hope will be to make a porn. That is usually where types like him end up.

  5. It’s a good thing that Austin didn’t leave the house as Judas. We might have had a Hulk moment with the door. That was a close one. I bet we’ll be seeing that Judas hat really soon, though. Judas has a lot of demons to wrestle.

  6. So long Austin, the guy with the creepiest picture in the history of Big Brother on the memory wall.

  7. You forgot to ask him how this is going to further his career in “entertainment”? Is he thinking a reality show with the twins? Kinda like the Kardashians only worse?

  8. Glad to see Austin gone, but I think Van may have just sealed her own fate with this move. Unless she wins Veto, she’s gonna go home almost certainly. Instead of having one houseguest who would have been targeting her, she now has three: John, who knows that Van was trying to get him out, Steve, who was justifiably pissed about Van stabbing him and John in the back to try and side with Austin / Liz, and Liz, who just had her boyfriend sent home by Van.

    Everyone in the house should be gunning for her head on a platter now. No matter what, she’s gonna be on the block, and if she fails to win Veto, I’ll be amazed if she survives the next 24 hours.

    • Awe but Austin may have done Vanessa a favour by stating that she will lose now in jury! What better person to take now! he’s such a waste of space

      • Yes he is and he looked so nasty coming out to talk to Julie.Also Liz has said several times in the last few days that she will leave with integrity excuse spelling but anyway to me the minute she waited all but a few days before she climbed in bed with Sasquatch is really LOW & if that was mydaughter i would be embarassed for friends & family to watch. Sorry call me old fashion but I have watched every season and that has always just blown me away. It is National TV!

    • If she doesn’t win the veto and somehow manages to survive the next 24 hours, will people then give her credit for her good game play instead of calling her crazy and mentally ill and so on and so on?

      • bay…not saying that you called her crazy and mentally ill, but, alot of people have on here. Just wanted to clarify my comment!

      • The thing is she has put that on herself by freaking out every time she has to as she says get blood on her hands. I give her credit for her wins but she even told Austin/Liz that they better talk out loud when they r in a room together and not make her think they are scampering b/c they no how freaked out & paranoid she gets I mean she really acted a little Looney.

      • I know she had many crazy moments during the season, but, I just enjoyed watching her strategize and talk game with people..she was basically the only HG playing the entire time!

      • She always looked like she was wired up on something to me . I wander if she is ADHD b/c that would explain a lot .

      • Your “well-known fact” is not a fact at all. It was stated a few days ago that she does not take Adderall, but another similar drug that is not as speedy as Adderal. Strattera is the name.

    • She is going to be crying and Freaking out until next eviction,and do I ever feel sorry for the other hg.But I was thinking she is going to get Liz on her side by telling her that if john wouldn’t have voted Austin then it would have went the other way and Liz is just that dumb to go believe her crazy ass.

  9. Austin really got what he deserved.During the bbn interview he kept making excuses why he was dumb enough to trust Vanessa but Judas ha!ha!did she ever make u and your alter ego look like a dumba%$.Seeeeee. Yaaaaaa ballet boy twinkle on into jury . Luv it.

  10. Overall Van coulda approached her hoh differently by putting one of each pair up and then telling everyone she’s throwing the pov, let them battle it out. The result would be Austin/Liz voting out one of Steve/Mac or vice versa. Then Van could easily sell an F2 deal with the surviving nominee having minimal blood on her hands. Best path to the finals imo, but too late now, and I think she picked the wrong side. I’d rather go up against Austin/Liz in the final 3 than Steve/John. Now she’s gotta win pov or buh bye.

    • She never once thought about it. Doing so would have really made wonders for her in coming out of her HOH week with less bloodshed than what she has done now, putting up one duo who were sure to take her to Final 3 and taking out one/half of a showmance as a tie-breaker vote.

  11. Why would Austin or anyone else think Vanessa had a shred of integrity after watching he stab person after person in the back. Its funny how some people think they are too good for that same treatment. Austin deserved what he got just like James and Meg – and Julia for that matter.

    Anyone who trusts Vanessa is going to get the same thing. But I wonder if the 3 people left in the house feel the same way?

    • Paint much?

      Her game is strong. She has a chance at veto just like other 3 do.
      IF she wins veto, and by chance wins final HOH, she will have controlled final 3 votes, which in itself is feat that probably hasn’t happend a lot. Ifs and chances, but it’s what all 4 have at this point with some in better position than others. As of now, only 1 person is safe, and only two more will be.

      • She overplayed the game. Her game was reckless. She played like Jeff and Audrey. Does anyone think they played a strong game. Vanessa intimidated certain people with her crying and tantrums. But lets see how this plays out. It could very well be that JMac and Steve beat her at her own game. If they win POV and she goes home, that’s what I will believe happened.

    • Speak for yourself. Not all of the entire viewing population hates Vanessa. She has fans, I am a fan of hers. Everyone has fans and haters.

  12. To me this season was just to scared to play the game , and what killed me through out this season was every time someone found out anything out about someone else instead of maybe keeping it to yourself to see first if it could help them out in the game they could not wait to haul ass to tell someone else

    • Frankly it was loose lips that sent Becky home. She was the first one we saw run to several sides of house early on.
      Maybe not on feeds, but on show, she was off with loose lips pretty quick and often.

      • It was a combination of things: The 1st problem was Becky’s lack of perception of the house dynamics. Becky’s big mouth DID get her in trouble as she said far too much to HGs who never wanted to work with her. Her longing to work with Clelli coupled with her hate towards Audrey blinded her to the other cliques forming. She played the rat game to get Shelli’s loyalty & failed. She didnt pick up the signals that Clelli just wasnt into aligning with her. She was too non-stop chatter in her game talks & ratting out trying to impress the others JUST TO FEEL IMPORTANT. No one wanted to align with her. She didnt fit in (other than JMAC). Even the Goblins didnt take her serious when she claimed them as HER alliance. They were never hers. Basic Becky was so basic that she thought strategy & alliances went from A to Z with no real bonding or loyalty elements to tie them together. She also really had no clue how overbearing she was. I could say more but that’s my BASIC rundown lol

  13. Austin will be in for a shock to find out the tempature of the jury. To find out she evicted him may even make them like her more. Also to those who so America hates her. Damn I live in America and I don’t hate her. Seems like she had pretty good run at 3rd on this very sites most popular of week. So seems like she has some fans out there. Guess they must all be Russians or something.

    • She is not most likable player by a long shot but she is best player by far. Now we will see if Steve realizes that and has the guts to put her on the block next to Liz. Of course Van could very well win POV and then John will go home.

    • I think it’s funny that Russians are the opposition to Americans in your scenario. LOLOL THAT’S the real thinker…

    • But, seriously, Austin has been awhul, awful, awful this season. He’ll find out that he and Liz are not the Golden Couple that they think and use some ridiculous reasoning to justify and capitalize on the attention like being in love w a someone he’s been quaranteed for 3 months. He acted like the victim in that interview, as if HE didn’t talk poorly or others. He calls himself ‘Judas’ who is probably THE most famous betrayer in modern human history.

    • But, seriously, Austin has been awhul, awful, awful this season. He’ll find out that he and Liz are not the Golden Couple that they think and use some ridiculous reasoning to justify and capitalize on the attention like being in love w a someone he’s been quaranteed for 3 months. He acted like the victim in that interview, as if HE didn’t talk poorly or others. He calls himself ‘Judas’ who is probably THE most famous betrayer in modern human history.

  14. John stepped off the beam when he went to hit the buzzer. He should not have won. I like John and hope he wins, but he did step off the beam.

  15. He thinks very highly of himself to think that Vanessa can’t win now. He has 1 vote and I don’t know that the jury will listen to him. They might respect her more for doing what she needed to if she makes it to the end to plead her case.

  16. I always think that females can’t play a villainous game or they will not get respected for that. It happened to Jun, Alison, Natalie M, Jillian from BBCAN, and now Vanessa. The girl played her butt off and deserves to win. I don’t know what Austin expects, it’s Big Brother. If the jury is bitter (which I still believe won’t be) than I will be extremely disappointed. The best player should always win Big Brother.

    Side note:
     What happened to your “princess in a castle” that you told us about preseason when you mentioned a showmance wasn’t going to be part of your game.

    BBN you guys are shady!! I love it lol.

  17. YOUR SHOWMANCE cost you your game that is why Jmac and Vanessa wanted you out.

    You as a BB fan should know that no one wants to let a showmance get to the end, that is common sense.

    I am sure your girlfriend wishes she had not trusted you Austin, everything you project at Vanessa you can apply to yourself with cheating and betraying your girlfriend.

    I guess you got a taste of your own medicine in regards to betrayal. Karma, you know what they say.

    As for your talking about yourself in an alter ego or third person, that is just whack. Not funny not entertaining but makes you look like a creep.

    You told Steve how he grew up in the house, maybe you should try to grow up and stop begging to be on a soap opera on national TV.

    Try some humility on. You were going to betray Vanessa, you are just salty because she outplayed you and YOU GOT GOT, which is part of this game. You for weeks bashed her to others and tried to get people to target her, now you do interviews with a short term memory and blame her when you were guilty of the same.

    The scumbag move was what you did to your girlfriend.

  18. Can i just say that him not gettng booed shows just how inequal it is for dufferent genders in our society. Everyone HATED christine when she consistently cuddeled with cody last year, yet austin went ten steps beyond and completly scumbagged his “princess” from back home and he got cheers. Super freaking inequal.

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