Howie leaves; Ivette’s girlfriend says new HOH Janelle is “beautiful,” “smart,” and “a great player”

Howie has left the house, and now four women are competing for the half-million dollar prize. The new HOH is Janelle, who will be one of the final three.

Before Howie left and Janelle won HOH, we saw then-HOH Ivette sobbing yet again, saying, “There’s nothing more that I would want than to win this for my family. There’s nothing more than I would want than to see that relief on their faces that I have pulled through for them. And I’m afraid that my chances are becoming very slim.”

She added, “I don’t want to sound like a horrible person. But I would really honestly feel like shit if [some censored word] April won it.” Ivette was seriously considering voting against April, it seemed.

Then we met Ivette’s girlfriend, Maggie, who instantly endeared herself to Friendship-hating fans. She said, “Nothing against Cappy, because I don’t know the guy. I don’t really like him. I hate Ivette’s obsession with him. I can’t stand it — it drives me crazy. And it’s all over the place. All is you hear is Cappy this, Cappy that.”

Amen, Maggie, amen. But then she really shocked us by all but saying she hoped Janelle would win. “As Ivette’s girlfriend, it’s probably not right for me to say that I do like Janelle. I like Janelle in the game. I think she’s a great player. She’s beautiful, she’s smart, she’s witty, she’s charismatic — she’s got all these great qualities. And I do see where Ivette may be jealous or whatever you want to call it,” Ivette’s Maggie said.

Smart woman. Alas, her girlfriend isn’t quite as intelligent, as Ivette cast the tiebreaking vote to evict Howie–even though she admitted that getting rid of April would have been the better move.

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