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Big Brother host Julie Chen introduces first transgender houseguest on The Talk

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After the news broke that the 17th season of Big Brother will see the show’s first transgender houseguest, Audrey Middleton, host Julie Chen introduced a short interview with her during Wednesday’s episode of The Talk and took the time to urge the audience to watch the upcoming season “with compassion.”

“Audrey told us she is planning on telling everyone in the Big Brother house that she is transgender when she and all the other houseguests meet each other for the first time on the premiere night,” Chen said on The Talk. “From me personally to anyone watching, I just want to say I hope you watch with compassion and an open mind, to learn something about a community you may not be familiar with. This is Audrey’s story to tell, and I’m looking forward to hearing it next Wednesday when we premiere.”

Watch the clip below.