Big Brother 24’s Paloma Aguilar was kicked out of the house on Wednesday, just a day before the show’s first scheduled live eviction. The shocking news came to light during Thursday’s episode.
At twenty-five minutes, Aguilar’s lack of sleep took center stage, as she reported getting only 2–4 hours of sleep per night as a result of anxiety. “I physically can’t sleep in this house,” she told Matt Turner. “I really want to leave.” She told the other guests in the house that she was unable to eat or sleep, making them concerned for her well-being. Then, she disappeared into the diary room, causing further anxiety in the house.
Afterwards, the head of the household, Daniel Durston, gathered everyone in the living room for a house meeting. “Due to a personal matter, Paloma will no longer continue in the Big Brother game,” he read from a card. “She wanted to pass along that she loves you all and wishes you all the best.”
Although the live feed was cut late Wednesday, popular feed recapper Hamsterwatch first reported Aguilar’s removal on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. “Whether medical or voluntary elimination, I do not know and we may never know. If there are privacy issues for medical, show, then consider,” she wrote.
Feeds remained closed throughout the day and full episodes aired Thursday, but are expected to return later tonight.
Before Thursday’s episode, BB Fantasy had a lot to speculate about for the last 24 hours. Aguilar’s disappearance from the feed stream was widely commented on on social media, with it being said that she entered the diary room early Wednesday and was never seen in the house again. Later that day, houseguest Amira Jones was seen saying, “I hope Paloma stays in this game, we need her,” to which Kyle Kappner replied, “Oh my god, I know. Me. Know they were chatting with him and then…” Then the feed suddenly cut off.
This isn’t the first time a houseguest has left the Big Brother house for personal or medical reasons. In Season 9, a piece of undisclosed personal news prompted Neil Garcia to run on Day 7. Season 8 winner “Eval Dick” Donato left BB13 early for reasons unknown, until he revealed years later that he was living with HIV. Most recently, Megan Loader left Season 19 after battling anxiety and PTSD inside the house.
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Aguilar’s exit has been embroiled in controversy after negative comments she and other houseguests made about fellow Black cast member Taylor Hale. Hale, a 27-year-old personal stylist from Detroit, Michigan, has been ousted from the house and was the target of several micro-assaults, many of which led to Aguilar’s campaign to oust Hale. Hale was referred to as “aggressive”, something some people said would make her angry after she hit the nomination block. Others said they didn’t like her from the moment they saw her, and in Wednesday’s episode, she was shown crying out loud alone in the bathroom.
Producers confirmed to our sister site Variety that “Production has discussed microaggressions with houseguests and that everyone went through sensitivity training at the beginning of the year.”
Several former houseguests have spoken out about Hale’s treatment, including Season 23 winner Xavier Prather. “In the future, I hope it doesn’t take ‘cookouts’ for Black houseguests (or any POC houseguests) to ultimately avoid the feeling of being ostracized for only existing within the Big Brother house,” he wrote. “Change is necessary! Until then, I know my fellow Michigander will hold his head high and stand tall like the queen that she is.”
Elsewhere on Thursday’s episode of Big Brother Taylor Terrence, host Julie Chen Moonves updated the house about the change in events of the night. The original plan would not have culminated in a vote and expulsion, but instead, a fight between two candidates chosen by the House and one of the backstage pass holders. The loser of that one-on-one contest would have been sent packing.
However, since Twist planned to send a houseguest home tonight and since Paloma (a backstage pass holder) was one of the five people in danger of being eliminated, Twist was dropped. Chen Moonves then tells Brittany, Alyssa, Taylor and Terence they are all safe.
Part 1 of the head of the domestic competition was held, serving up a backstage-themed hurdles run over multiple heats. Jasmine collapsed after winning her race, and broke her ankle (or sprained badly?) in the process. Who will win the comp and what’s Jasmine’s fate… We’ll have to wait for Sunday to find out.