Wednesday night, fans watched as Dan Gheesling lost “Big Brother 14” to Ian Terry. Everybody can agree that Dan played hard this season, but the jury wasn’t willing to award him the $500,000 prize. After the Sept. 19 finale Dan did backyard interviews, and SuperPass had a great chat with him. What tidbits did Dan have to share?
Dan Gheesling admits that he does have some “answering to do” when he faces his students back at home again. He says he’s not manipulative like this in real life, he just did what he had to do in the game to survive. He says being compared to Dr. Will this season is the ultimate compliment, as he says Will is the best. Many feel that Dan played a really dirty game, but he says he had to play with the tools he was given. He adds that there’s more than one way to win “Big Brother,” but he came up a bit short.
Was Dan really in the game to win the money? He says the money would “be huge,” but mostly he is a competitor and he gave it his all as he worked to be considered one of the best to play the game. Dan’s wife Chelsea Gheesling was very supportive all season and Dan says his first question for her when he got out was whether she was okay. He says he’s “put her through hell and high water this season” and he wanted to make sure he hadn’t done anything to shame her.
He says that he did want Shane out earlier in the game, but he let Danielle talk him out of it. Once he got another chance, he had to make sure to get Shane out. Dan says the best thing that happened to him in the house was his 24-hour isolation, as it gave him the idea for his “funeral” and he knew he had a shot to stay once he saw the chaos that resulted.
Dan says he has no plans to get into acting, but when asked about politics he wasn’t one to say no. He says he loves politics and it sounds like he’s a Mitt Romney fan. Gheesling said this season was much tougher than his previous season as he said the houseguests this season were huge competition. Dan Gheesling thanked his fans for their support and said back in the day he was the one at home rooting for people like Boogie and Dr. Will, so he loves to interact with his fans and thank them.
He knew he’d end up with a bit of a villain slant on his edit, and he figured that Ian would be very well-liked by viewers. He said that if he was going to lose to anyone, he’s glad it was to Ian. He knows the finale was intense, but he has no problem with how things went. He thinks some of the houseguests will have some trouble adjusting to regular life again, as it is often difficult for people as they leave the show, and he’s willing to be in touch with anybody who wants to stay in touch with him.
Dan says last time he hated to leave the house, but this time he’s anxious to get home because he has missed his wife. He says he’ll miss hanging out with Ian in the pool and all the fun stuff, and he has no hard feelings toward anybody. He hopes to stay in touch with everybody if they’re willing. Dan’s future is to head home with his wife and reconnect with her. He says he missed their one-year anniversary and he has a lot to make up to her.
Gheesling plans to enjoy life, keep writing books and “spend all my waking moments” with his wife Chelsea. He doesn’t know that he’d ever come back for another season, but he does say “never say never.” There have been other interviews with Dan since the finale including a chat with BB alum Jeff Schroeder and a brief appearance on “The Talk.” Are you still a big Dan Gheesling fan, or were you turned off by how he played “Big Brother 14” this season?