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Luke Valentine Expelled From 'Big Brother 25' After Using a Racial Slur on the Live Feeds


Former Big Brother 25 contestant Luke Valentine raising an eyebrow in his cast photo
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Luke Valentine has been expelled from Big Brother 25 after he was caught using a racial slur on the live feeds early Wednesday morning.


In a statement shared by Sharon Tharp, CBS and Big Brother producers announced that Luke, 30, "has been removed from the house" after using the n-word in conversation.


The Florida man was speaking with fellow houseguests Hisam Goueli, Cory Wurtenberger, and Jared Fields when he appears to say "We're in the cheese room n*****!" before he covered his mouth with a fist and seemingly attempted to backtrack by saying "dude."


(You can view a clip of the exchange here.)


Less than 11 hours later, CBS and Big Brother producers announced that Luke had been removed from the game.


“Luke violated the BIG BROTHER code of conduct and there is zero tolerance in the house for using a racial slur," Wednesday's statement says.

**WARNING: Big Brother 25 spoilers ahead**


Luke has been criticized by both current houseguests and fans for making multiple insensitive comments in the Big Brother house.


On several occasions, houseguest Reilly Smedley has mentioned that Luke made a comment about not wanting to lose to a girl in a physical competition prior to their Scary-verse competition on Premiere Night. Fans have also criticized Luke for other misogynistic comments, including referring to Reilly as a "seductress" for not wearing a bra in her Head of Household room.


Additionally, Luke made multiple negative and dismissive remarks regarding Matt Klotz — who is deaf — and his hearing. Matt has expressed frustration about Luke's comments, such as saying "don't worry about it" when Matt would ask for clarification.


Shortly before the live feeds went down ahead of Wednesday's announcement, houseguests Wurtenberger and Izzy Gleicher has a discussion about some of the "off-color" comments Luke had made in the house.


Luke's departure from the program "will be addressed in Thursday night’s show," according to Wednesday's press release.


It is unclear if this week's scheduled eviction will be held, or if production with cancel it for the week. Luke was not one of the two houseguests nominated for eviction.


The two nominees for the Week 1 eviction — Kirsten Elwin and Felicia Cannon — are Black women.


Thursday's episode airs at 9/8c on CBS and Paramount+.




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