Houseguest Jeff Schroeder was named “America’s Favorite Houseguest” for his time on Big Brother 11. Schroeder has long been a fan favorite, largely due to his showmanship and future marriage to Big Brother 11 winner Jordan Lloyd. That season, Schroeder came under fire for using homophobic slurs, particularly against Russell Kairouz. “Why do you hate gays?” said Kairouz. “If you wanna call me Ab****, call me Ab****, but that’s just stupid.” Schroeder came back with, “That’s calling you pretty shitty, man.”
Two seasons later, Schroeder and Lloyd were brought back for Big Brother 13. Schröder became America’s favorite houseguest for a second time, despite making even more homophobic remarks. This time, as he, Kalia Booker and other houseguests discussed “Harry Potter,” Schroeder insisted that Dumbledore’s potential gayness was somehow harmful to children, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t think it’s the right thing to have a little children’s book and have the headmaster you’re locked in a magical land with being gay,” he said.
Following the Big Brother 13 incident, CBS released a statement explaining that the network does not condone Schroeder’s remarks. In both cases, Schröder’s homophobic remarks were not aired in any of the show’s episodes, but could be heard in the unedited live streams. Since his last appearance on the show, Schroeder has collaborated with Big Brother in several capacities, including on the online recap show Big Brother Live Chat.