On Monday 8/9/23, CBS removed Luke Valentine from the game for using a racial slur. In a conversation in the Have-Not room, the Big Brother 25 houseguest casually says the n-word. Around 1:01 am BBT, he engages in a conversation with his fellow Have-Nots (Jared, Hisam, and Cory) and uses the N-word. After saying it, Luke tries to hide it. However, after Jared draws attention to it, he apologizes.
CBS doesn’t immediately act on the incident. Everything continues as normal in the late evening/early morning. However, many in the Big Brother community speculate whether this should result in a penalty nomination, immediate expulsion, or a warning. Now the Big Brother 25 fans have their answer. CBS and Big Brother have a 0 tolerance policy for this kind of language.
This afternoon, CBS and the Big Brother producers release an official statement. It reveals that they removed Luke from the house for this conduct. The official statement reads (via @twitter):
“Luke violated the BIG BROTHER code of conduct and there is zero tolerance in the house for using a racial slur. He has been removed from the house. His departure will be addressed in Thursday night’s show.”
We have to wait until Thursday’s episode to see how the show addresses it, and Luke’s final moments on Big Brother 25. Additionally, we’ll have to see if this results in a cancellation of Thursday’s eviction.
Likely, no one else will leave the house this week. In the past, (though different circumstances), an early exit resulted in the complete cancellation of eviction for that week.
Hopefully, this is the last time something like this happens in the Big Brother 25 house. No one should use that word or any other racial slurs. Additionally, we have to commend CBS and Big Brother for acting swiftly and staying true to their zero-tolerance policy. This is absolutely the right decision.
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