‘Big Brother’ Cast Confronts Kyle Capener for Race Comments


Kyle Capener
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Called out. Big Brother contestant Kyle CapenerHe was confronted about his comments on race in the CBS reality series.

Kyle, aged 29, spoke with Monte TaylorAnd Terrance HigginsDuring the Thursday, Sept. 1, episode, in the Have Nots room, Kyle admitted to subconsciously grouping together cast members from the minority cast. While Kyle attempted to justify his thinking, claiming the BIPOC players were all united by a similar goal to win, Terrance, 47, called his argument “bulls–t.”

Monte, 27, seemed particularly hurt as he explained how many times in his life he’s experienced a similar level of racial bias that Kyle showed to their fellow houseguests. Terrance and Monte disagreed on the best move for the house. Terrance suggested in footage from the live feeds, that Kyle might not be able to change his ways.

Turner suggested that all the houseguests meet up to discuss their issues. However, the conversation becomes a bit rocky. Kyle admits that he was raised in a safe environment which may have contributed to his opinions. Monte and Kyle had an emotional discussion. Taylor HaleAnother Black cast member, meanwhile, shows compassion for their controversial costar and encourages him to learn from the incident.

Kyle was eliminated with a vote of 5-0. He said goodbye to his costars and was met by a subdued response when he sat down with host Julie Chen. When asked about his alleged bias, Kyle explained, “At the time, it didn’t click in my mind. … I now realize how terrible that was, and I should have realized it from the start. I apologize to everyone watching, and everyone in the house.”

After the war, the conflict came to an end. Michael BrunerAnd Brittany Hoopes told several other houseguests about the Utah native’s suspicions about the BIPOC contestants in the house earlier this week.

“I understand that it’s a game and he’s presenting it as a strategy, like, within the game context, but for me, this goes beyond the game and, like, I’m not comfortable being a part of it,” Michael, 29, told Kyle’s showmance partner, Alyssa SniderDuring a conversation recorded on the live feeds. The attorney claimed that TikTok’s influencer had suggested that white contestants should stick together within the house.

Kyle shared his concerns with Brittany, 32 and Michael, 31 during an interaction that aired on Wednesday, August 31, during the reality competition. He said that he was wary about a potential alliance like the Cookout, an all-Black alliance that won the game during season 23.

“I’m sorry, but after the Cookout uniting under one common cause, which was race … it has to play into my thought process moving forward in the game,” he said.

In a conversation recorded on live feeds, the reality TV contestant had raised the same concerns to them both.

“That possibility of those six with that background, I mean, it looks very similar to the Cookout with a very diverse background,” he said. “They’ve all expressed why they’re in this game. Joseph [Abdin]Television has a greater representation of the Middle East. Indy [Santos], there’s never been a Brazilian contestant or winner … everyone has those strong ‘why’s’ that all coincide.”

Earlier this month, the hashtag “#StopProtectingKyle” began trending on social media as Big BrotherFans claimed that CBS was removing statements made by TikTok’s influencer about race from the live feeds.

“There has been tons of articles about Kyle’s behavior. There have been thousands upon thousands of tweets about Kyle and thousands of online posts about him. CBS can cut the feeds as much as they want to protect him, but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s a f–king racist,” one Twitter user wrote.

During Wednesday’s episode, Kyle told Alyssa that Michael and Brittany’s claims about him were false.

“Alyssa, this is bigger than game. This will ruin my life if this is what they’re pitching … At what point have I ever made this a race thing? You understand, this is life changing,” he said.

Big BrotherThe program airs on CBS Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. ET and Thursdays 9 p.m. ET.