"Big Brother" Season 15 Winner Revealed

By Tierney Bricker
|  Thursday, Sep 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:18 AM CDT
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The cast of "Big Brother" season 15.

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Spoiler Alert: If you do not want to know who won "Big Brother," do not continue reading this article! If you complain about spoilers in the comments, you are the peanut butter on the roof of the TV world's mouth.

"Big Brother's" "most controversial season ever" has come to a close.

The CBS reality hit's 15th season closed the house for the summer, with GinaMarie Zimmerman, Andy Herren and Spencer Clawson all still in the running to win the $500,000 grand prize. After 90 days, nine juror votes and countless headlines, houseguest Andy was crowned the winner! But don't feel too bad for the runner-up as they also got to go home with some money ($50,000 to be exact).

So what lead Andy to victory? And which houseguest won the award for America's favorite?

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Though Spencer now holds "Big Brother's" record for surviving eight eviction ceremonies, he didn't survive his ninth as Andy surprisingly decided to go head-to-head with GinaMarie after winning the final Head of Household.

And after Andy and GinaMarie answered three questions, it was time for the jurors to cast their votes for who should be crowned "BB's" 15th winner. Candice, Jessie, Helen, Aaryn, Amanda, Elissa, Judd, McCrae and Spencer all got to vote, leading to Andy's ultimate victory. (Aaryn and Judd voted for GinaMarie.)

As for who won America's Favorite Houseguest? Elissa Slater, the sister of former "Big Brother" fan favorite Rachel Reilly, won by a landslide, with host Julie Chen noting there was a 500 percent increase in the number of votes from last year's.

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After seeing an 11 percent increase in ratings from the previous year, CBS officially renewed the reality hit for a 16th season.

In addition to bringing in the ratings, season 15 has also dominated headlines this summer due to some racist and homophobic remarks made by the houseguests, including finalist GinaMarie. For the first time ever, CBS aired a disclaimer before episodes began and the network's CEO Les Moonves called the contestants' actions "absolutely appalling."

Now that the houseguests are back in the real world, a few of them will learn they actually lost their jobs for some of the comments they made on the livefeeds, including GinaMarie and winner Andy, as well as Aaryn Gries. "Being southern, there is a stereotype. I was taken out of context," Aaryn said of the racist comments she made after she was evicted. "I did not mean to come out racist."

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