Big Brother producers have intervened and reprimanded contestant Kerry for using a homophobic slur during a live broadcast.

On Sunday night (15 October), Jenkin and Olivia stole Kerry’s mattress as part of a prank. However, upon continuing to tease Kerry she erupted into an expletive-laden outburst after she failed to see the funny side.

Kerry responded to the situation and announced “well this is gay”.

The rant was not featured on the main show, however it was shown immediately afterwards on Late & Live.

A spokesperson for Big Brother said: “Kerry was brought to the diary room to discuss her inappropriate use of language.

Big Brother reminded Kerry of her respect and inclusion training prior to entering the house and the consequences of any further use of offensive language.

“Kerry understood and apologised for any offence caused.”

On 7 October, the ultimate social experiment on TV returned to screens with more than 2.5 million viewers tuning in. The BBC reported that two million viewers watched on ITV1 and a further 527,000 on ITV2.

After returning from a five year hiatus, the pre-recorded show was aired simultaneously on ITV and ITV2, taking the prime 9pm slot. This season introduced 16 new contestants, the casting of which has been celebrated across social media.

The return of Big Brother has seen AJ Odudu and Will Best take the helm of presenting.

Speaking exclusively to GAY TIMES ahead of the launch show, AJ celebrated the rich history and connection the show has with the LGBTQIA+ community: “We didn’t realise how progressive [Big Brother] was, so I’m glad that we’re bringing that back to screens at a time where we see there’s so much confusion [around LGBTQIA+ issues].”

AJ explained how “Brian Dowling was the first openly gay person that I personally had ever seen on screen, and he owned his sexuality and personality. He was truly celebrated, not only by himself, but by the people around him.

“Nadia Almada, the first trans person ever on Big Brother. Again, she owned herself and was celebrated by the housemates and viewing public. You don’t realise how groundbreaking Big Brother is when you consider all of the conversations we as a society are having around the trans community and gender identity. That’s only starting to take shape now, when Nadia was on [TV] like 20 years ago?

“Hopefully, Big Brother can offer the diversity and the stories that we want to see.”

The regular series is followed by Big Brother: Late & Live, where the co-hosts reflect on the episode in front of a live studio audience and celebrity guests.

Big Brother continues every night on ITV1 at 9pm.