Shane Meaney and Julie Chen on Big Brother 14

Shane Meaney might have entered the Big Brother 14 as a complete novice, but he came in swinging and racked up win after win early on. After winning three straight Vetoes and two HoH’s Shane scaled back his game and let other HGs become the bigger targets. Aligning with the powerful “Quack Pack” Shane moved far down the line until his time in the game was shockingly cut short.

I had the chance to pose a few questions to Shane this week after his eviction and took the opportunity to ask “Why?!” Read on for Shane’s responses on why he went along with Danielle’s renom plan, what was the hardest part of the game, and who he thinks will be at the end.

Big Brother Network (BBN): Why oh why did you agree to let Danielle replace you on the block with the Veto?

Shane Meaney: I didn’t really agree. I obviously didn’t want this to happen but I had my trust in her and at the time I had my trust in Dan. I didn’t want it to happen but she had all the power and it was her ultimate decision.

BBN: You started out strong winning competitions early on but then seemed to throttle back. Was that intentional or did the competition ramp up?

Shane Meaney: It was intentional. I started off way to fast and I didn’t want a big target on my back so I throttled back a little bit.

BBN: Being new to Big Brother, what surprised you the most once the game started?

Shane Meaney: How hard the game was. When you are watching it on TV it doesn’t seem that hard but when you are in the house it is incredibly hard.

BBN: Who would you like to see in the Final 2 and, if different, who do you think it will be in the Final 2?

Shane Meaney: I would like to see Ian and Danielle in the finale two but unfortunately I believe it will be Ian and Dan.

BBN: Thank you, Shane.

Shane Meaney’s entire season of Big Brother was sacrificed for 30 seconds of fantastic television. I felt bad for the guy. When I met with him during the preseason interviews he was incredibly friendly and casual just as he often came across in the game.

I was sorry to see him on the receiving end of Dan’s tactics, but when it came down to the QP turning on its own we simply saw the case of someone having to take the first shot. Considering Shane’s propensity to frequently offer himself up as a pawn for nominations this outcome wasn’t surprising. If Frank played Big Brother 14 too trusting, then Shane did it too trusting and too nice.

Watch Shane Meaney’s preseason Big Brother 14 interview to see how far he came.