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Nina Tassler Defends 'Big Brother': 'It's About Story'

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9: 'Big Brother' Houseguest Aaryn on BIG BROTHER, Sunday, August 11, on the CBS Television Network.. (Ph
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9: 'Big Brother' Houseguest Aaryn on BIG BROTHER, Sunday, August 11, on the CBS Television Network.. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

This past summer, CBS' "Big Brother" contestants caused quite the controversy with racist and homophobic remarks by Aaryn Gries and Amanda Zuckerman, among others.

"You're talking about people from very disparate walks of life and confining them in a house for a finite period of time," Tassler said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (Jan. 15). "You have to recognize yes, this is that show. It is a social experiment."

"It's about story, it is a social experiment and people take that into account when they're watching 'Big Brother,'" she added.

Additionally, one TCA-goer revealed that Tassler won't commit to casting "smarter people."

"Big Brother" was renewed for Season 16 in September and will air in summer 2014.

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