The first Sikh American to ever compete in the long-running CBS reality show Big Brother is now the first Sikh American ever to be crowned the winner.
Julie Chen Moonves announced that Jag Bains won Big Brother 25 by a 5-2 vote, reports NDTV.
Bains beat out his alliance partner Matt Klotz to take the $750,000 in prize money.
It was Klotz in week 4 who saved Bains from elimination when their fellow competitors voted 10 to 0 to eliminate him, but Klotz used his reset power to bring Bains back to life.
He gave a passionate final speech to sway his fellow players to ultimately choose him as the champion, ABPLive reported.
“My hands are covered in your blood. I am the most dominant, masterful, and strategic player in this house,” he declared. “I don’t only deserve to win, I have earned this victory. I am the first Sikh player on Big Brother, and not only that, you all need to make the right decision tonight so I can be crowned the first Sikh winner of Big Brother. It is the right thing to do and I have earned it every step of the way.”
Some took that speech to mean that Bains was cocky, but he told EW hours after his victory that he doesn’t see it that way.
“Yeah, it really wasn’t cockiness for me. I get really passionate. Really passionate. And I’ve always said you should advocate for yourself. And that was me truly advocating for myself,” he said.
Bains takes the significance of winning Big Brother seriously.
“As the first-ever Sikh on the show, I feel truly honored, humbled, and blessed. I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity to represent my community and share my story with the world,” he said.
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