ENTERTAINMENT, TV

Big Brother host, Julie Chen, responds to contestants’ racist, homophobic remarks

July 9, 2013

Big Brother became more than an innocuous reality show last week when contestants were recorded making racist, homophobic and sexist remarks on the show’s live stream.

Aaryn Gries, 22, was identified by CBS as the main offender and has been dropped by her modeling agency since the revelation.

Big Brother host Julie Chen responded to Gries’ insults, admitting that she felt personally affected by her derogatory comments against Asian-Americans.

“It took me back to the ’70s when I was growing up in Queens, when I was 7 years old getting bullied–being called a chink, people pulling their eyes,” Chen said.

EW Morning Live hosts Dalton Ross and Jenna Morasca discussed Gries’ remarks and Chen’s response as well as the implications of CBS’ decision to reveal Gries’ identity. Check out the clip for their insight into the Big Brother controversy.