CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves opened up today about the racism issue that has surfaced on this season’s round of "Big Brother." The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the executive addressed the topic during today’s CBS session at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Said Moonves: "’Big Brother,’ it’s obviously is a social experiment. It always was. Clearly that’s what’s happening this year."
"Moonves voiced his distaste for some of the houseguests’ derogatory comments, declaring: ‘I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling personally,’" THR adds. "In response to the Internet and viewer uproar over, CBS inserted a disclaimer — the first time the long-running summer reality staple has used one — prior to its broadcasts."
Moonves also said: "I think we’ve handled it properly. It makes us uncomfortable."
THR adds: "The decision came after CBS faced increased pressure from viewers and subscribers of the uncensored 24-hour live feeds on CBS.com to address the cast’s comments, which has cost two houseguests their jobs and [caused] an employer of another to distance itself from its employee."
The racist remarks made their way into the July 7 installment of the show, and since that time "Big Brother" has continued to touch on the remarks and their fallout.
"Moonves, whose wife Julie Chen hosts ‘Big Brother,’ admitted that he and Chen discuss the show in the privacy of their own home," THR notes.