Booted Big Brother contestant Luke Valentine broke his silence afterwards getting kicked out of the show for dropping the N-word on camera — and he doesn’t apologize.
Valentine, 30, a Florida-based illustrator, was a house guest on season 25 of the hit CBS reality show, which premiered Aug. 2 and featured 17 contestants vying for a $750,000 prize.
A 24/7 live feed of the house can be streamed on Paramount+. On Tuesday, Valentine, who is white, was caught using the banned phrase on stream.
Within a day, Valentine was removed from the set.
“Luke has violated BIG BROTHER’s code of conduct and there is zero tolerance in the house for the use of a racial slur,” the broadcaster and series producers said in a statement to The Post on Wednesday.
“He was removed from the house.”
In Thursday’s episode, Julie Chen Moonves addressed the controversy, saying: “It has been an emotional 24 hours at the Big Brother house when the houseguests learned that one of them had violated the Big Brother code of conduct and was removed from the house.” the game.”
On Sunday evening, Valentine’s Day posted a video On his social media, he addressed his eviction from the show.
“Hey guys, I just want to let you know, I’m alive, I’ve arrived, and y’all need to keep stoking the flames until next time,” gushed a shirtless and visibly sweaty Valentine, whose demeanor was anything but serious or solemn .
“We can’t burn out, no, no, no, the fire of love will keep burning, baby. So thanks for all the memes, thanks for all the support, all the kind words,” he said outside.
Valentine did not apologize for his behavior or say anything else to address the incident.
The video that led to Valentine being removed from the show shows him casually throwing the word into a conversation with fellow housemates Jared Fields, Cory Wurtenberger and Hisam Goueli.
“We’re in the cheese room, n—-r!” said Valentine before covering his mouth with his hand and saying, “I’m sorry.”
“I don’t give af–k,” replied Fields, who is black. “Yeah right, I should’ve made you feel uncomfortable real quick, like, ‘Whoa bro, what are you saying?’ ”
“I should have been lying face down on the floor with you standing over me or something,” Valentine replied. “Well, I’m in trouble now. I’ve been in worse trouble.”
Valentine didn’t respond to the Post’s request for comment.
This isn’t the first time “Big Brother” has come under the spotlight for a contestant’s use of racist language.
In September 2020, CBS went defensive after viewers thought they heard the N-word on set.
“The producers listened to the scene with improved audio. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that no racial epithet was said or pronounced. Hate speech will not be tolerated and those violating the policy will be removed from the ‘Big Brother’ house,” a Tiffany Network representative told The Post at the time.