In a statement Tuesday night, CBS said it has addressed two instances of “inappropriate behavior and offensive comments” during the filming of “Big Brother” Season 20, and promised “future consequences” should the behavior continue.
CBS also said the inappropriate behavior would not be shown on any future episode of the series.
The network did not name the involved parties, but its statement followed an uproar after two cast members, Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler, were seen using racially offensive language on the show’s 24-hour live cam. In the footage, Swindler and Rummans used the term “Ghetto” to refer to their skin color. Swindler also compared her tan to the skin tone of her African-American roommate, Bayleigh Dayton, during the conversation.
Another current cast member, JC Mounduix, was recently criticized after live-cam footage showed him trying to use an ice cream scooper on the genitals of several of his housemates. He was also seen touching a female houseguest’s groin with his hand. The footage led to calls for CBS to remove Mounduix from the show.
“BIG BROTHER is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone,” said the CBS statement. “The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future BIG BROTHER broadcast on CBS.”
It’s not unheard of for “Big Brother” to remove contestants who act inappropriately. Notably, in Season 2, houseguest Justin Sebik was kicked out after drunkenly putting a knife to a co-star’s throat and threatening to kill her.