Julie Chen: Big Brother Racism Controversy "Stung," Felt "Ugly and Mean-Spirited"

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Big Brother 15 has already been marred by racist, homophobic and misogynistic slurs from several cast members on the reality show's live feeds.

The CBS staple actually featured some of Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman's comments in a "Worst Of" compilation during Sunday's episode.

They've both lost their day jobs, unknowingly, while Spencer Clawson may be next. Host Julie Chen spoke out about the scandal Monday on The Talk:

  • Aaryn Gries Bikini Photo
  • Spencer Clawson Big Brother
  • GinaMarie Zimmerman Photo

"I have to be honest, it stung," said Chen of the racist and homophobic remarks. "Those things, in my opinion ... it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean."

"When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most."

"It stung. I took it personally. I’m a human being."

"The really sad part, it took me back to the '70s when I was growing up in Queens and I was 7-years-old getting bullied, being called a chink."

"I thought, 'Wow, I haven't heard comments like that [in years].' The year is 2013. I felt ignorant, there are still people in the country who feel and act that way?"

"Yes there [are]. It made me sad. She’s 22 and she’s college educated."

Prior to actually airing the comments, CBS released a statement addressing the racist and homophobic remarks that have cast a pall over the show:

"Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7, and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, houseguests reveal prejudices and beliefs that we do not condone."

"We certainly find the statements made by several houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive."

"Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."

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