Paloma Aguilar, a competitor on “Big Brother” for season 24, left the programme during Thursday night’s live episode.
At the start of the programme, anchor Julie Chen Moonves declared, “An unforeseen turn of events has now changed everything. Aguilar disclosed that she was having trouble with her anxiety and that she wasn’t sleeping at all during the event. Head of Household Daniel Durston eventually brought everyone to the living room to read a note from production as she entered the diary room.
“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.”
Chen then explained to the audience that Taylor Hale and Terrence Higgins, the nominees, would have first competed against the three “Backstage Pass” holders, with the loser being eliminated. One house guest was scheduled to go for week one, but since Aguilar had a “Backstage Pass,” Chen stated that nobody would be leaving.
Since the start of the new season on July 6 on CBS, it has been visible on the live feeds that the cast has started to turn on contestant Hale and use microaggressions in their conversations against her.
Durston once revealed to Aguilar that he was concerned about how having “two Black people on the block at the end of my week” might come across. “We need to put that aside, and America needs to put that aside … It can be explained afterwards. We need to play this game,” Aguilar retorted. Later, it can be explained. We must participate in this game.
As a result, there was a social media outcry as both viewers and previous candidates called for a change to be made.
Season 23 winner Xavier Prather introduced his all-Black alliance by saying, “The treatment of Taylor in #BB24 is a prime example of why The Cookout was formed.” “Members of the black community (especially black women) and other people of colour stand no chance in the Big Brother House due to perpetuation of micro-aggressions and unconscious biases which plague our society.”
Then he expressed regret for his own on-screen “shortcomings,” saying he “can’t help but feel partially responsible for some of the reprehensible behavior I see being exhibited by current houseguests who consider me one of their ‘favorites.'”
Reports at the time verified that the cast had all undergone sensitivity training prior to production and that the house guests had been informed about microaggressions.