aaryn evicted

*Now that “Big Brother” is over and the houseguests are back in the real world, the contestants who were caught making racist remarks on the live feeds are now fully aware of the headlines they generated over the summer – including one of the biggest offenders, Aaryn Gries.

The blonde-haired, blue-eyed 23-year-old from Texas got booed during her eviction interview and was fired from her modeling agency because of her offensive comments.

During the season, she warned other white houseguests they might not be able to see bi-racial contestant Candice in the dark, and said Asian-American houseguest Helen needs to “go make some rice.”

Now, she tells TMZ that she’s been making racial jokes for years, but never knew they were offensive because “no one had expressed that I was taken that way.”

Aaryn said she wishes someone had warned her how her “jokes” would reflect poorly on her before moving into the Big Brother house. “I’m not racist,” she said. “Sometimes you can say mindless things that will haunt you.

She also took the opportunity to apologize for using her Southern upbringing as a defense when confronted by Julie Chen during her eviction interview.

“Blaming Texas was the biggest mistake I made … I was in defense mode,” Aaryn said, referring to when she told Julie, “I feel like in Texas we say things that are sometimes… we joke and we don’t mean it.”