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Today's News: Our Take - Julie Chen: Big Brother Comments Were "Ugly," "Mean-Spirited"

Big Brother host Julie Chen is not hiding her displeasure with the offensive comments made by some of the houseguests during Season 15 of the reality show. On Sunday's episode,...

Julie Chen | Photo Credits: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Big Brother host Julie Chen is not hiding her displeasure with the offensive comments made by some of the houseguests during Season 15 of the reality show.

On Sunday's episode, contestants Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman were featured in a "Worst Of" compilation, making racist and homophobic statements in regards to other house members. (Prior to the episode airing, both had been fired from their day jobs for remarks that were shown on CBS.com's live feed from the house.)

CBS airs offensive remarks by Big Brother 15 contestants

Chen discussed the comments Monday while she was taping an episode of her talk show, CBS' The Talk.

"I have to be honest, it stung," Chen told her Talk co-hosts, according to Entertainment Tonight. "Those things, in my opinion ... it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean."

Among the clips shown on Sunday was one of Gries telling an Asian-American contestant she should "go make some rice."

Third Big Brother contestant criticized for offensive remarks

"I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most," Chen said Monday. "It stung. I took it personally. I'm a human being. ... It took me back to the '70s when I was growing up in Queens and I was 7-years-old getting bullied, being called a chink. I thought, 'Wow, I haven't heard comments like that [in years].' The year is 2013. I felt ignorant. There are still people in the country who feel and act that way? Yes there [are]. It made me sad. She's 22 and she's college-educated."

What do you think of CBS' decision to air the comments?

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