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CBS Responds to Jeff Schroeder's Homophobic Rant on 'Big Brother'

July 14, 2011 (3:53 am) GMT
The network explains that Jeff's statement, which criticizes the depiction of Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter' as a gay, does 'not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers.'
CBS Responds to Jeff Schroeder's Homophobic Rant on 'Big Brother'

Before being criticized for a homophobic statement made by Jeff Schroeder during a live feed of "", CBS releases a statement to explain that the contestant takes a sole responsible of the comment. The network says, "At times, the houseguests make comments, reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone."

While the homophobic rant is not expected to air in an upcoming telecast, The Eye adds, "Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on 'Big Brother', either on any live feed from the house or the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."

Jeff made the statement on Tuesday, July 12 while he and Kalia were talking about "Harry Potter" character Dumbledore, whom author J.K. Rowling has said she always thought of as gay. Apparently shocked by the fact, Jeff said, "He's in school with little kids! You don't want to make that guy gay!"

"I don't think it's the right thing to have a kids' book, and to have the headmaster that's locked away in this magical land, to be gay. That isn't the right kind of writing to do," so said the 33-year-old advertising salesman who thinks it is inappropriate to send kids to a "fantasy camp" run by a gay.

When Kalia defended the idea for writing Dumbledore as a gay, Jeff was getting upset, saying "Don't start with that f***ing s**t! Don't tell me the right answer for f***ing TV!" Kalia then explained that her sister is gay, but Jeff exploded, "I don't give a f*** if your little sister is gay!"

The argument was followed by an awkward silence which was only broken when Brendon asked, "Did anyone watch the C.S. Lewis? The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?" A video of Jeff's rant has been pulled from YouTube, but still can be seen on TMZ.

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