The sudden exit of contestant Luke Valentine from the Big Brother house has been addressed. Valentine, a 30-year-old illustrator, was ejected from the US edition of the reality competition series after using a racial slur during a conversation with fellow contestants. The incident occurred on Tuesday (8 August) night, when Valentine, who is white, used the N-word while talking to Jared Fields (who is Black), Cory Wurtenberger, and Hisam Goueli. CBS released a statement confirming Valentine’s removal from the house and stating their zero tolerance policy towards racial slurs.
The show addressed Valentine’s departure on Thursday (10 August) with host Julie Chen acknowledging that it had been an emotional 24 hours in the house. Chen revealed that Valentine had broken the Big Brother Code of Conduct and was removed from the game. The moment when Valentine used the racial slur was shown.
The other contestants discussed the incident and their reactions to it. Wurtenberger expressed how he felt the use of the slur was casual and directed towards him, while Fields said that he respected Wurtenberger’s perspective but believed they should not have a family conversation about it considering the circumstances. Fields also explained in a confessional that he didn’t share the incident with anyone because he didn’t associate ignorance with malice. He acknowledged that there are consequences for every action and understood the decision to remove Valentine.
The reality show faced immediate backlash after a clip of the incident was shared on social media. Andy Herren, a former winner of the US show, called for Valentine’s removal and criticized the production for tolerating such language. He expressed his hope that the production would address Valentine’s comment and set an example for current and future players.
Executive producer Rich Meehan had previously denied that controversial houseguests were purposely cast for entertainment purposes. He clarified that the casting process involves individuals from different backgrounds and upbringings, and sometimes unexpected situations arise.
In conclusion, contestant Luke Valentine’s use of a racial slur resulted in his removal from the Big Brother house. The incident was addressed on the show, with the host and other contestants discussing their reactions to it. The incident received backlash on social media, with calls for Valentine’s removal and criticism towards the show’s production. The executive producer denied the allegation that controversial houseguests are intentionally cast for entertainment purposes.