Big Brother – Johnnie Cass Says Being Portrayed As The Villain Was Not Good
Johnnie Cass was one of the more memorable cast members from Season One of Big Brother, he ended up being eliminated the first time he was nominated by the housemates.
However he was well liked by them as it was a few weeks before he was put up for nomination from his peers.
He tells TV WEEK in their Reality TV Ruined My Life article that after he was evicted he did not have a great time of it.
The article said:
Johnnie Cass walked out of the Big Brother house in 2001 to find he’d been dubbed “Johnnie Rotten” and edited to look like the bad guy of the series. He was given a hard time by people on the streets, and went through a period of feeling “deflated” – but he says it inspired him to change his life in a positive way.
Johnnie explains that he “absolutely loved” being on Big Brother, although he was disappointed with the way he was portrayed.
“It’s not really who I am. It was just about ratings, I get that, but it certainly didn’t help,” he says. “The worst thing about it was the fact I was gay, and it didn’t really have a good stigma for gay guys as well.”
A personal trainer, Johnnie had gone on the show hoping to end up with a career in television – “a talk show would’ve been great” – but it didn’t eventuate.
“Once the media machine pulls away, the challenge with everybody from reality TV is like, ‘Well what’s left?'” he explains . “You’ve been pumped up in the media spotlight and then that’s taken away from you and it can be quite difficult.
“You can’t go back to doing what you were doing before, because everybody knows who you are. You’re kind if left in no-man’s land….I wouldn’t say I was depressed, but I would definitely say I was deflated.
I think that is what is known as having your 15 minutes of fame.
After a quick cyber search it was revealed he is a life coach from the looks of it. He has his own company called Unlimited Success and he does Wealth and Lifestyle seminars.
He was cast as the villain in season one, however what I remember was he was very nice to his fellow contestants but behind their back he was passive aggressive. Or was he just too sickly sweet as that is the vibe I took from his Facebook pages.