Controversial 'Big Brother' contestant exits house early following dramatic week

The first live eviction episode of Big Brother Season 24 Thursday night was a dramatic one, as Paloma Aguilar unexpectedly exited the Big Brother house before the live eviction took place.

Host Julie Chen-Moonves opened the show saying, "As you know, our motto has always been 'Expect the unexpected.' That, tonight, could not be more true." Leading into the first commercial break, Julie stated, "The unexpected exit of one houseguest stuns the house and leads to an unprecedented change to the game."

Leading up to Thursday's live episode, there had been some controversy surrounding the cast's behavior toward fellow houseguest Taylor Hale, particularly comments made by Paloma, according to fans on social media who had been standing behind and supporting Taylor. However, Paloma choosing to leave the house seemed to be due to the fact that she was having anxiety, which led to multiple nights of insomnia.

Ultimately, Paloma just couldn't handle it anymore and chose her mental health over the game, which her fellow houseguests praised her for. Chen-Moonves then explained to the houseguests how Paloma's early exit would affect the rest of the night as she shared that, due to Paloma, one of the backstage members, being self-eliminated, the other two players Alyssa and Brittany were no longer in jeopardy of being eliminated. On top of that surprise, the first eviction of the season was also officially canceled, which meant that Taylor and fellow block nominee Terrence Higgins were also safe for another week.

Video Transcript

- Due to a personal matter, Paloma will no longer--

- Oh.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- Paloma will no longer be continuing in the Big Brother game.

KYLIE MAR: It was a dramatic first live eviction episode of Big Brother's season 24 Thursday, as Paloma unexpectedly exited the [? BB ?] house before the eviction could take place.

- I really hope he's OK.

- And I hope outside of the house, like, she finds what she needs, definitely.

- Completely changes the game.

KYLIE MAR: Earlier this week, there had been some controversy surrounding the cast's reprehensible behavior toward fellow houseguest Taylor, according to fans on social media, who had been standing behind and supporting her. But Paloma choosing to leave the house seemed to be due to the fact that she was having anxiety, which led to multiple nights of insomnia.

- I can feel the exhaustion. It hits me like a ton of bricks.

Oh man, this is a lot.

Yeah, that's all I can say, honestly.

What the freak?

KYLIE MAR: Ultimately, Paloma just couldn't handle it anymore and chose her mental health over the game, which her fellow houseguests praised her for. And in an unprecedented turn of events, Paloma's early exit also meant the first live eviction of the season was officially canceled.

- Nominees since a key element of the twist was that no one was going to be voted out and evicted this week like a normal show. Both of you are also safe.

- Yeah.

[CROWD CHEERING]

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