Matt Klotz was the favorite to win “Big Brother 25” for a majority of the season, especially the back half of the game. Even his Minutemen ride-or-die Jag thought so, telling the Deaflympics gold medalist he would win on Thursday’s finale mere moments after taking Matt to the final two. But Matt came up just short as the jury handed Jag the $750,000 with a 5-2 vote.
“I think maybe there was a good chance , but you never know with things,” Matt tells Gold Derby (watch above). “I considered the possibility that this was a jury that was focused on who [had] the most wins. It could be a jury with social game and I think if it was a jury with social game, I was going to be the top dog in that part, but I don’t think that was this year’s jury.”
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The dissenting votes came from Cirie, one of Matt’s close allies, and Felicia, and he’s happy to have gotten “the mamas’ votes.” The swimmer, who’s the show’s first deaf houseguest, thought he could also have support from Cory and Cameron, both of whom had told him he was playing a good game, and perhaps Bowie Jane, whom Jag cut in third place. “With Bowie, I thought that could go either way. I thought maybe she’d vote for me because I was the one who went to her before anyone else and I showed her loyalty before Jag,” Matt says. “I was the one there first to help her game, so I figured those votes would come from them.”
The tide may have shifted during the jury Q&A. Asked to explain a game move he orchestrated without Jag, Matt deflected and said there was no leader between them. This was followed by Jag saying that he, Jag, was the leader. Matt admits he wasn’t exactly prepared for the grilling from the jurors or for Jag’s answer.
“I was kind of just winging it. Jag can say that. I love Jag. I was a very loyal team player. I didn’t need to be a leader to prove anything. I’m willing to be the person who steps back. I don’t need the accomplishment, I don’t need the acknowledgement of being the leader in the house or anything like that. So it doesn’t bother me with titles and stuff,” he says. “When he said that in his speech, I guess I was a little taken aback because I was always going to be pro-Matt and never anti-Jag. And I figured he was going to be the same way. But obviously he did a great job being very confident in his speeches and that’s a struggled in my field. I took speech therapy for over 10 years, so I’m not the best person at speeches.”
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