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'Big Brother's' Andy Herren on leave from College of DuPage

UPDATE

Despite Internet reports to the contrary, the College of DuPage says “Big Brother” finalist Andy Herren isn’t fired — only taking time off to be on the show. But the Glen Ellyn school where Herren was a part-time communications instructor wouldn’t say whether he’ll be hired back after the show concludes.

Joe Moore, Vice President, Marketing and Communications for College of DuPage, said Tuesday:

“College of DuPage has not fired Andy Herren because he doesn’t work here currently.”

Moore explained that adjunct professors work semester to semester and Herren isn’t teaching this semester because he’s in the “Big Brother” house.

As to whether Herren would have his old job waiting for him when he returns, Moore said he couldn’t answer that question.

Moore said the community college posted its statement about Herren on its Facebook page Friday “to clarify his status as an instructor” after several people had made comments about Herren on Facebook.

Fans of the openly gay contestant will cheer him on at a finale viewing party at the Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, 3700 N Halsted in Boystown, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Contributing: Lori Rackl