After 'Big Brother' All-Stars, CBS Pledges 50% Diversity with Reality Casting

Wednesday November 11, 2020

From left, Jeff Varner, Sarah Lacina, Zeke Smith and Debbie Wanner appear at the Tribal Council portion of the competition series "Survivor: Game Changers."
From left, Jeff Varner, Sarah Lacina, Zeke Smith and Debbie Wanner appear at the Tribal Council portion of the competition series "Survivor: Game Changers."  (Source:Jeffrey Neira/CBS via AP)

CBS is pledging to make casts on its reality TV shows — like "Big Brother" and "Survivor" — more diverse by promising 50% of people on those programs, including "Love Island" will be Black, indigenous and people of color.

Entertainment Weekly reports the change will start with the 2021-2022 season.

"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling," said George Cheeks, president and chief executive officer for the CBS Entertainment Group. "As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our network."

EW goes on to point out the change comes after several "Survivor" players spoke out about the lack of diversity in the show. The publication also notes the "Big Brother" came under fire several times in the past for houseguests using racist language. A number of reality stars spoke to EW about their experience. Click here to read more.

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