Samantha Ibrahim and Eric Hegedus, New York Post, August 9, 2023
“Big Brother” contestant Luke Valentine has been booted from the reality show after using the N-word in a recent live feed.
Valentine, 30, said the slur in a streaming video — available on the Paramount+ site — for the CBS series.
“Luke violated the BIG BROTHER code of conduct and there is zero tolerance in the house for using a racial slur,” the network and series producers said in a statement to The Post. “He has been removed from the house. His departure will be addressed in Thursday night’s show.”
The incident was captured in a TikTok clip and featured the Florida resident in conversation with housemates Jared Fields, Cory Wurtenberger and Hisam Goueli.
“We’re in the G’s room, n—-r!” he said before apparently realizing what he uttered and covering his hand with his mouth.
Valentine — who is white — quickly apologized, uttering, “I’m sorry.”
Fields, an African-American man, responded by claiming the phrase can make white people more uneasy than others of a different race.
“I don’t give a f–k,” Fields said. “Yeah, right, I should’ve made you feel uncomfortable real quick, like, ‘Whoa, bro, what you just say?’”
This is not the first time that the reality show has featured a player who used a racist slur.
“Big Brother: All-Stars” contestant Memphis Garrett was accused of calling fellow TV personality David Alexander the N-word back in 2020.
Following the episode’s airing, CBS reps told The Post that they don’t tolerate hate speech.