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'Big Brother': Les Moonves Calls Racist Remarks 'Absolutely Appalling'

"I think we've handled it properly," the CBS Corp. president and chairman told reporters of CBS' response to viewer uproar.

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"Big Brother" cast

Big Brother's controversial season was touched on during CBS' executive session with CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves, taking over for CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler.

"Big Brother, it's obviously is a social experiment. It always was," Moonves told reporters gathered Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "Clearly that's what's happening this year."

Moonves voiced his distaste for some of the houseguests' derogatory comments, declaring: "I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling personally."

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In response to the Internet and viewer uproar over the show, CBS inserted a disclaimer -- the first time the long-running summer reality staple has used one -- prior to its broadcasts.

"I think we've handled it properly," Moonves said. "It makes us uncomfortable."

The decision came after CBS faced increased pressure from viewers and subscribers of the uncensored 24-hour live feeds on CBS.com to address the cast's comments, which has cost two houseguests their jobs and the employer of another to distance itself from its employee.

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CBS first aired the houseguests' racist remarks in the July 7 episode and has integrated the fallout in the house into its broadcasts since then.

Moonves, whose wife Julie Chen hosts Big Brother, admitted that he and Chen discuss the show in the privacy of their own home.

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