Big Brother contestant GinaMarie Zimmerman better spend her reality TV money wisely from this point on because she won’t be able to report to her day job once she finishes filming this season.
TMZ reports that “East Coast USA Pageant, Inc. is cutting ties with the 32-year-old pageant coordinator … claiming they were shocked GZ could ‘display such acts of hate and racism.’”
As we previously reported, Zimmerman called welfare “n*gger insurance,” and her comments were broadcasted on Big Brother’s uncensored live Internet feed.
According to the TMZ report, East Coast USA employed the reality show contestant for five years and had this to say about their decision to fire her:
“We have never known this side of GinaMarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past. …We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants. ..In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal.”
The tabloid went on to say the organization was especially upset because they “encouraged their pageant girls to watch GinaMarie on the show and vote for her … thinking she would be a role model.”
As previously reported, producers of Big Brother have distanced themselves from GinaMarie Zimmerman’s racist comments, as well as those of other house guests.
The news comes in light of recent allegations of racist speech from former Food Network star Paula Deen and the racially-charged trial of GinaMarie’s namesake, George Zimmerman.