Monty Brinton/CBS
June 29, 2017 at 12:41 PM EDT

Easy come, easy go. No, seriously, you need to go. Like, now. You were just booted out of the Big Brother house on day 1. Embarrassing, I know, but you really need to get the hell out of here.

That’s what happened to 24-year-old Cameron Heard when a series of “temptations” led to his ouster after playing the game for only 12 hours. Everything that could go wrong for Cameron did. First, a bunch of players buzzed in for the temptation of securing $25,000, which brought Big Brother 18’s Paul Abraham back into the house as a 17th player. Then Paul did not bestow a “friendship bracelet” on Cameron, meaning he had to compete to stay safe. Then Cameron decided to step down from the challenge so he was not perceived as a physical threat so early in the game but managed to pull one of the poisoned apples which meant he was automatically nominated for eviction. (Whoops!) Then he failed in his attempt to force another challenge to stay, which resulted in him being voted out by his fellow houseguests.

Again, this all happened in about half a day. We were able to pepper the microbiologist from Illinois with a few questions and here’s what he had to say about his ever-so-brief time in the house.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How disappointing is it to make it onto Big Brother and then last only 12 hours in the house?
CAMERON HEARD: Okay, you don’t have to hit me right where it hurts! It’s extremely disappointing to go through a huge rigorous process and then have your dreams crushed within 12 hours. I didn’t get a chance to play the game or talk to anyone… I didn’t even know everyone’s names. It hurts now to even talk about it.

How much are you regretting stepping down from that competition?
Honestly, I don’t have any regrets from the stepping down part because I think that if I established myself as a mental threat I wouldn’t have stayed long anyway. I needed to show a weakness so I can build upon that and stay longer in the house.

What sort of lobbying did you do to stay? Did you make any promises or more just try to form bonds with people?
So yeah, I kept pulling people into rooms, telling them I’ll have loyalty toward them but it’s got to be hard to believe since I’m not even addressing them by their names. I can’t even remember whose occupation was whose.

Whom did you want to align with had you lasted longer in the house?
I would probably want to align with the bros of the house. They all seemed to have this “bromance” mentality and I thought I could be the brains of their operation.

You did a strip tease to try and save yourself. What kind of marks do you give yourself for that?
I was just having fun, you know! I don’t think anybody’s going to care. If they do, you need to chill. It was a lot of fun and I tried to make the best out of it!

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