Big Brother continued on CBS Thursday night, but it wasn’t the first live show of the season that we were all expecting.
“An unexpected turn of events has now changed everything,” said host Julie Chen Moonves as the show began.
During the episode, Aguilar revealed that she wasn’t sleeping at all and was struggling with her anxiety. Eventually, she entered the diary room and Head of Household Daniel Durston called everyone to the living room to read a note from production.
“Due to a personal matter, Paloma will no longer be continuing in the ‘Big Brother’ game,” he read to the other houseguests. “She wanted to pass along that she loves you all and wishes you all the best.”
Julie then told the house that originally, the nominees, Taylor and Terrence, would have been competing against the three “Backstage Pass” holders, and the loser would be sent home.
However, since Paloma was one of the “Backstage Pass” holders — and only one houseguest was set to go home for week one, it was announced that no one would be going home.
The first week of the new season has been surrounded by controversy as the cast has been shown on the shows live feeds turning against houseguest Taylor and using micro-aggressions in conversations about her.
In one discussion, Daniel admitted to Paloma that he was worried about how it would look to have “two Black people on the block at the end of my week.” Paloma responded with “We need to put that aside, and America needs to put that aside … It can be explained afterwards. We need to play this game.”
In turn, an outcry occured on social media, as both fans and former contestants alike urged for change.
In response, CBS confiemd that the houseguests had been spoken to and that all cast went through ‘sensitivity’ training before filming commenced.