In an unprecedented move, CBS reality TV show host Julie Chen broke from the normal format when Tampa contestant Jack Matthews was eliminated from the game tonight. Normally when voted off the show, CBS has a lighthearted exchange where Julie asks the evicted house guest about strategy. The interview is usually followed by comical or dramatic messages from the house guests that voted the contestant out. That didn’t happen tonight.
After a few questions about his game play, Chen instead played clips from the live CBS.com internet feeds that fans have been upset about this season. Normally the show only plays video from moments that have been shown during the TV broadcasts. These clips did not air on TV, but were isolated by sites like TMZ and Big Brother fan sites. Many found them unacceptable and racist.
Take a look at the clips shown as well as Matthews’ responses to each. He apologized for some remarks. But he insisted his insults were not racist in nature.
Fans of the show on Twitter were shocked at the move by CBS. Most were happy the show “went there.” A few, however, said Jack was unfairly ambushed. I tend to think he saw this coming and was probably shown the clips ahead of time. His answers seemed prepared and he kept saying things like “I’m glad I can explain that…”
I’m happy they *finally* aired the clips ????????. However, the amount of energy and articles it took for them to finally address this doesn’t excuse their amount of tolerance for racism and bigotry. Did Big Brother only address it because the media is sounding off tonight? #bb21— Audrey Middleton (@OddreyM) August 9, 2019
Do we think CBS or the #bb21 producers coached Jack to say what he said about his words towards Kemi?— sad hoe (@morganhoneyman) August 9, 2019
Really disappointed that CBS decided to call out Jack in his exit interview. He handled it well, but it seemed CBS wanted to create more controversy instead. Not a Jack fan, but this felt wrong. #BigBrother21 @CBSBigBrother— Marica (@maricablue) August 9, 2019
CBS has since uploaded the lengthier post-show interview with Julie and Jack. Now that the TV audience wasn’t watching, Julie asked about the things they normally discuss after an eviction: strategy and reaction to the house guest video messages. The most unexpected answer… Jack said he’d like to see CLIFF win!