Kaycee Clark scored a historic triumph the other night as the first out lesbian to win Big Brother. In a 5-4 vote, Clark prevailed over runner-up Tyler Crispen to get the $500,000 prize. More than five million viewers tuned in to watch her win the Season 20 finale of the long-running CBS reality series.
Clark, 30, is now the second openly LGBTQ person to be voted the winner of Big Brother. (Andy Herren was the first out LGBTQ winner, back in 2013.) Along with Clark, openly gay houseguest JC Monduix, winner of the Head of Household competition, also made it to Season 20’s final three.
ET Canada’s Big Brother correspondent Ika Wong caught the new champion’s reaction:
“I feel so good,” said Clark. “It’s so surreal. I can’t believe I’m outside of the house and winning Big Brother 20 all at the same time. It’s overwhelming. It’s too much. I love it!”
Clark hails from Tempe, Arizona—originally from San Diego—and plays professional full-contact football for the San Diego Surge, a team of the Women’s Football Alliance founded in 2010. She’s on the roster as a wide receiver. Last year, the team placed first in the WFA Pacific Region.
According to CBS, she describes herself as fun, positive, and athletic, and enjoys playing sports, working out, and personal development. Undoubtedly, these character traits gave her a competitive edge against the other Big Brother houseguests.
In an exclusive interview, Clark talked to The Hollywood Reporter about her historic win and reflected on her Big Brother experience:
“Being full lesbian, with tattoos and into sports, I was just different than what they’ve seen in past seasons,” she said. “It’s so huge to be the first lesbian to win the game. It still hasn’t hit me.”