"Big Brother" has attracted a lot of headlines this season as a result of the racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments several of the houseguests have been overheard saying on the live feeds.
"Big Brother" host Julie Chen spoke out about the controversial comments during a live taping of CBS' "The Talk" after the show was off the air for a week. She explained that when the show puts 16 strangers from all over the country in a house together "they know they have zero privacy and everything they say and do is being monitored."
Chen added: "When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most ... It stung. I took it personally. You know, I’m a human being and the really sad part was it took me back to the '70s when I was growing up in Queens and when I was 7-years-old getting bullied, being called a chink and people pulling their eyes. But it took me back so many years and I thought to myself, 'Wow, I haven't heard comments like that [in years].' The year is 2013 ... and then I felt ignorant. I felt like thought, 'Wow. There are still people who live in this country who feel that way and act that way? Yes, there is. Yes, there is. And afterwards, it just made me sad because she’s 22 and she’s college educated ... It felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean."
Chen was referencing comments made by "Big Brother" contestant Aaryn Gries. "Dude, shut up, go make some rice," Aaryn said of Helen, an Asian-American contestant. Later, GinaMarie added, "Andy was like, 'I'm gonna punch her in the face,' and I was like, 'Maybe that'll make her eyes straight.'"
“Be careful what you say in the dark," Aaryn said of African-American houseguest Candice at another point. "Might not be able to see the b****.”
"Big Brother" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Aaryn Gries, 22, a College Student from San Marcos, Texas
Spencer Clawson, 31, a Railroad Conductor from Conway, Ark.
GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32, a former pageant coordinator from Staten Island, NY
Howard Overby, 29, a Youth Counselor from Hattiesburg, Miss
Helen Kim, 37, a Political Consultant from Chicago, Ill
David Girton, 25, a Lifeguard from San Diego, Calif
Kaitlin Barnaby, 23, a Bartender from Minneapolis, Minn.
Judd Daughtery, 26, a Property Appraiser from Etowah, Tenn
Elissa Slater, 27, a Nutritionist from Kannapolis, N.C
Nick Uhas, 28, an Entrepreneur from New York, NY
Jeremy McGuire, 23, a Boat Shop Associate from Katy, Texas
Candice Stewart, 29, a Pediatric Speech Therapist from New Orleans, La.
Andy Herren, 26, a Professor from Chicago, Ill
Amanda Zuckerman, 28, a Real Estate agent from Boynton Beach, Fla
McCrae Olson, 23, a Pizza Delivery Boy from Oak Grove, Minn
Jessie Kowalski, 25, Unemployed from San Antonio, Texas