Luke Valentine, a Big Brother housemate, claims he uttered a racist slur on the programme due to “malnutrition” and “sleep deprivation.”
The 30-year-old illustrator was fired from the hit reality show’s US edition last week after using the N-word during a live stream with co-stars Jared Fields, Cory Wurtenberger, and Hisam Goueli.
‘We were in the f**king [inaudible] room, n****r,’ he said, before appearing to backtrack and replace the term with ‘dude’.
He was then summoned to a different room and taken from the house, and he has finally spoken up about the event.
During an Instagram Live Q&A, he assured his fans that he isn’t ‘upset with the production’ for firing him.
‘Their hands were tied. They had to make a sacrifice, I understand why,’ he said. ‘It is upsetting. I think they made the wrong decision. I think a slap on the wrist would have been a much better thing.’
He insisted he had ‘no malice’ when using the word, adding that people need to understand the ‘psychological distress’ of being on the Paramount+ show.
He said: ‘I had no ill intent. It was directed at Cory, and it was after about a week of malnutrition, a week of sleep deprivation, I was getting probably two-and-a half hours of sleep on that cheese block…
‘And you don’t really take into account the psychological distress of being under studio lighting for 24/7 and not knowing who your friends and who your enemies are.
Source My Celebrity Life.