In the second night of the show's two-night premiere, "Big Brother" introduced perhaps the biggest "twist" of the season: After expressing anger and regret last season when two of the participants made racist and homophobic comments to other houseguests, the show welcomed a new contestant who has posted anti-gay and inflammatory comments on social media.
Caleb Reynolds, an "adventure hunting guide" from Hopkinsville, Ky., was among the second group of eight houseguests who were allowed to go into the house to begin their summer stay. Reynolds is now in position to potentially score the grand prize of $500,000, which goes to the houseguest who can survive the longest in the house without being evicted.
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During the episode, Reynolds, a military veteran, described himself as a "metrosexual country boy." He seemed pleased with being among "hotties in the house."
Later in the competition, Reynolds was crowned as a "head of household" following a competition, making him temporarily safe from eviction. He said he was determined to come out on top: "I don't care if I have a target on my back. I'm in it to win it."
"Big Brother" host Julie Chen and her husband, CBS Corp. Chief Executive
Producers have since distanced themselves from the controversy, saying they did not want "those kinds of headlines."