Producers of the reality television show Big Brother and CBS have been forced to respond to allegations from viewers that some of this year's contestants are racist:
"Big Brother is a multi-platform reality competition show about a group of people who live in a house for several months with no contact from the outside world," the joint statement reads.
"The audience is able to view the show during the multiple weekly broadcasts as well as on the 24/7 live, online stream, which captures unedited content of the contestants' unfiltered moments in the House. At times, the Houseguests say things that we do not condone. We share some of the viewers' concerns about inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, and producers have addressed specific incidents with the Houseguests involved. However, there is absolutely no truth that the casting of the show is racially motivated, that the Houseguests' behavior is predetermined or that the outcome is controlled in any way."
The backlash comes after three contestants of color - David Alexander, Ovi Kabir, and Kemi Fakunle - were the first to be evicted. White housemate Jack Matthews was also slammed by viewers when he mimicked a monkey when referring to David, the only Black male housemate.