She’s America’s choice! Big Brother Season 24 contestant Taylor Hale won America’s Favorite Player during the Sunday, September 25, finale.
After the season 24 jury — comprised of Alyssa Snider, Brittany Hoopes, Indy Santos, Jasmine Davis, Kyle Capener, Joseph Abdin Michael Bruner, Terrance Higgins Matthew Turner — chose the personal stylist, 27, as their winner, Julie Chen Moonves announced that she had also won over America’s hearts.
Taylor also won the $750,000 house champion prize and walked away with $50,000. Taylor’s win was historic on two fronts: She is the first Black woman to win Big Brother in 24 seasons and the first grand-prize winner to also score America’s Favorite Player.
“It’s like winning Ms. Congeniality all over again,” Taylor told Chen Moonves on Sunday. “But it’s a cash prize this time.”
In an earlier episode, viewers saw Taylor compete against her fellow finalists. Monte TaylorTurner and Monte for a seat in the Final 2 chairs. After the live portion of HOH’s final competition, Taylor and Monte were left standing.
Both contestants presented their cases to the jury. Taylor won over her housemates with a powerful speech. “I am not a victim, I am a victor,” she said, referring to the personal challenges she’d faced throughout the season on top of the physical and mental competitions. “And if there is one word that is going to describe the season it is resiliency. And if you were to ask yourself who was the most resilient person of the season, it was me.”
As Big Brother After season 4 saw its numbers drop, CBS announced that fans could vote for their AFP choice. Taylor, who was a fan-favorite guest on the show, quickly became a hot topic on social media.
“PLEASE GO VOTE FOR TAYLOR FOR AMERICA’S FAVORITE PLAYER,” Selling Sunset Star Chrishell Stause tweetedOn Thursday, September 22, along with a praying hands Emoji
Despite America rooting for the Michigan native in the house, many of her fellow houseguests had unfairly attacked her after apparently racist microaggressions.
“I have to admit that there was definitely some things that I said, as well as other people in the house, that probably shouldn’t have been said,” Ameerah JonesOnly spoken Us Weekly in July after her eviction, noting that Taylor “did not deserve” such hate. “As far as like dog-piling on her, it was in the beginning. It was because she said lots of snarky comments to people. [that]That is how they were perceived. A lot of things were, like, said under her breath and honestly, they weren’t that bad at all to deserve that.”
Ameerah, 31, added that the show’s “mob mentality” allowed the “small” perceptions to keep “snowballing” week after week.
Taylor, on the other hand, didn’t let the haters stop her from continuing her quest for the final prize. She even joined forces with Monte, Turner, Kyle, Brittany, Michael and Joseph to form the “Leftovers” alliance. (The group eventually disbanded after Kyle exposed their secret dynamics during the “Split House” twist to save his showmance with Alyssa.)
Before Big Brother Season 24 premiered on July 6. The former pageant queen viewed her game strategy exclusively. Us.
“[Season 23 and their landmark Cookout alliance were] actually what got me into Big Brother,” Taylor said at the time, nothing she hoped to model her game strategy after show alums Danielle Reyes Janelle Pierzina. “I’m really obsessed with women in this game who are just bold, brazen and just unafraid to go after what they want. … I like that they never sacrificed who they actually are and still played a fabulous game.”