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Teddi Mellencamp Talks ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Arguments and Regrets

No regrets. Although he became the first house guest expelled on celebrity big brother Friday, February 4, Teddi Mellencamp is happy with how she fought to stay in the game.

the old The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 40, was eliminated 5-3 on Different strokes Star Todd Bridges.

head of household Miesha Tate originally named Olympic figure skater mirai nagasu and weird eye alum Carson Kressley, the latter as a pawn. But when he won the Veto contest, Miesha nominated Teddi as the replacement candidate alongside Mirai.

“I would have fought so hard to stay, if I had had the chance,” Teddi tells exclusively We Weekly to be backdoor. “I mean, personally, I would have given someone a fair fight. … It’s super frustrating and I trusted Miesha.

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While Teddi thinks she would have gone home anyway, she found herself sitting next to Todd on the night of the eviction as a twist saved Mirai from the block.

“I think I’m a bigger threat than Todd,” she says We. “I think they knew that physically and mentally I had a better social game, and ultimately, you know, in the athletics department. I showed my cards early on. I couldn’t m prevent it.

Teddi was in a majority alliance of six called “Formation” with Carson, Mirai, Todrick Room, Cynthia Bailey and Shanna Moaklerbut he quickly fell apart after some tension with Todrick.

“I didn’t realize it, but I guess our relationship was never real because right from the start, even when we formed our alliance, he had already told my alliance members that he wouldn’t didn’t want me in there,” the reality star said. “So I guess the relationship I thought we had was wrong for him.”

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Teddi adds that the singer and dancer tugged “at people’s hearts” for needing the cash prize while saying he had talked about possibly buying a $250,000 prize. Wizard of Oz suit. “You’re financially fine if you have a movie theater in your house and you buy $250,000 costumes,” she says. We.

So was there anything Teddi could have done to stay? Watch our exclusive interview with Teddi Mellencamp above or scroll down to read the full transcript. She also tells us about her argument with Todd and how she had Chris Kirkpatrickis back.

celebrity big brother airs on CBS Sunday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. ET.

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We Weekly: How are you feeling this morning?

Teddi Mellencamp: Honestly, going back to the real world doesn’t feel real, like, I’ve got 1562 text messages. I haven’t processed anything yet. My husband and son watched it like they were watching a Rams game, so they’re debriefing me. But I’m still completely lost.

We: You got a backdoor and didn’t even get a chance to play in the Veto. Does it make it harder to accept that you’re the first out?

TM: I mean, of course. Because I would have fought so hard to stay if I had the chance. I mean, I personally would have given someone a fair fight. So being backdoor is super frustrating and I trusted Miesha. But it is what it is. I am happy to be back with my family.

We: You really seemed to be fighting to stay. We have seen you campaign. Why do you think they ultimately rejected you over Todd?

TM: Because I think I’m a bigger threat than Todd. I think they knew that physically and mentally I had a better social game, and ultimately, you know, in the athletics department. I showed my cards from the start. I couldn’t help it.

We: You did great in this competition.

TM: And I’m so frustrated because I could have lasted longer. But I was like, “Oh, I don’t know how fast I’ll get my next competition, and I don’t want to, like, get hurt here.” But if I had known that I was going to have so much time between competitions, I would have held on.

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We: What did you think when Miesha didn’t want to make that deal with you, but she had just offered Todrick a deal?

TM: I knew then that I was a target.

We: Let’s talk about voting. Which vote surprised you the most?

TM: I would say I was surprised the most with Mirai because I really went to fight for Mirai many times in the house. I don’t know how much was shown. She gave me a look when we were sitting there, like, “I’ll be fine.” And so it was kind of shocking to me, but I know she would do anything to win. So I guess it’s not that shocking.

We: She is an Olympian…

TM: Logic. Yeah. I mean, I was, like, there’s so much we can pretend she can’t handle the pressure. She has been to the Olympics more than once.

We: I know you told Julie [Chen] that you felt most betrayed by Todrick at that time. Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with him? When did it collapse?

TM: I didn’t realize it, but I guess our relationship was never real because from the start, even when we formed our alliance, he had already told people and my alliance that he didn’t want not me in there. So I guess the relationship I thought we had was wrong for him. But, I kinda knew that because he tugged at people’s heartstrings, like he was [saying], “I have to fund my own tour” and all those things and like, “It’s such a big thing for me. I need to win financially. And that’s where you really get people because some of ‘between us are just playing along. But then, towards the end, he’d say things like “Oh yeah, I was considering buying a $250,000 Wizard of Oz suit, and you’re like, “What? Something is wrong here. Like, you’re financially fine if you have a movie theater in your house and you buy $250,000 costumes.

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We: We heard a little tension with other guests. Did you have arguments with anyone else in the house that we couldn’t see?

TM: I had a fight, like a real fight with Todd. We didn’t see that, but he just threw words that weren’t great, and I was like, ‘My kids are going to see this and I need you to stop saying this before we go live .” And so we had a moment. If I had known I wasn’t safe, I probably would have dropped it off my shoulders. But I thought I was safe in the moment and doing what was best for the house because he kinda told everyone so, so I made a big mistake there- low.

We: How was your relationship with Chris Kirkpatrick?

TM: I knew he was playing the game. I mean, he was playing the tough game, and there were a few things that happened in the house where I really had my back. But, I mean, his level of fan obsession with Miesha, there was nothing I was going to do to break that.

We: Yeah, he was a little starstruck.

TM: I was like, “Look, I’m not going to kiss the ring here.”

We: How do you think you would have faced Mirai in the vote?

TM: Oh, I think it would have been the same result because they were in an alliance together. And once it was someone who continued to be in their alliance, and a strong player in their alliance, I knew I didn’t stand a chance.

We: Who will you still talk to after the game? Who do you want to be friends with?

TM: Cynthia and Carson, and even though Shanna finally opposed me, I’m still going to talk to her because I know she plays the tough game because of her family and her life. And, you know, she’s been cheated on many times, and I finally have empathy for her. And I think lamar [Odom] is ridiculously hilarious.

We: Shanna cried when you left. She was quite upset that she had to reject you.

TM: I know she did what she had to do. She knew I wasn’t going to be able to stay. Oh, you know what? And Chris Kattan was a good guy too.

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We: Your father [John Mellencamp] posted a really funny Instagram that made headlines. He said to me: “I don’t know what show Teddi is on, but it’s a preview tonight!” What did you tell him about what you were doing?

TM: Well, not much. I just told him we couldn’t talk for potentially a month. And so I tried to explain to him, but he’s one of the only people besides my family that lives in my house with me that I’ve talked to. He called last night. He just said, “I’m so proud of you, honey. Your brothers and I watched and played with integrity, and that’s all I could ask of my daughter. And it made me emotional because that was my only focus. Like, I needed to play a fair game.

We: You really came to play. As a fan of the show, it was really nice to see that because sometimes celebrities go there and they say, “Whatever, I don’t care if I leave.”

TM: And I don’t know if you saw this, but did you see Miesha and Chris Kirkpatrick trying to get me to turn on Carson? And I wouldn’t. So I’m afraid he’s the next to go.

We: Do you want Carson and Cynthia to win?

TM: Yes, and Shanna. Even though it backfired on me, I support my entire “Quatro” alliance. It was our name.

We: Speaking of wedding rings, it seemed like a bunch of them didn’t hold up. What did you think of “Training”? Did you think it would last?

TM: Well, I was warned before I entered the house not to trust Todrick by someone who knows him personally. But, he was so sweet to me at first that I fell for it, but never approached them for a wedding ring. They came to me. So I think that’s why I believed it. However, I knew you couldn’t keep an alliance of six that long.

We: Did you hesitate to do the show?

TM: I like a challenge. I like to compete. So the only hesitation was to leave my family. But otherwise it was nice not having my phone. I was able to take a break from social media, like, all that kind of stuff was positive. But the paranoia game is high in this house. It’s incredible.

We: Do you have any regrets? Do you think you could have done anything to stay in the game?

TM: I guess my only regret… No, actually, I don’t. I played a fair fight. I was loyal to the people I said I would be loyal to, and whenever I changed my mind, I was blunt. In the end, I guess I could have played less hard in the first competition, but I wanted to be able to show my kids, like, you want to win, you gotta try hard.

Cory E. Barnes

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