History is made on 'Big Brother' as all-Black final 6 ensures show's first-ever Black winner

·Host & Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
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It was a very exciting and historic night in multiple ways during Big Brother's live show Thursday, starting with the eviction of Claire Rehfuss, the last remaining white houseguest. Claire's exit meant that, for the first time in the history of Big Brother, the top seven houseguests were all people of color. However, it didn't stop there.

Thanks to Thursday's episode being a double eviction night, the season's longest-standing alliance, "The Cookout," comprising all the Black contestants this season and together since day one, managed to evict the only remaining non-Cookout houseguest, Alyssa Lopez, leaving their alliance completely intact and accounting for the final six houseguests.

Aside from none of the Black contestants being evicted the entire season, with the final six contestants being Black ensures that Big Brother will have its first-ever Black winner. It only took 21 years and 23 seasons to make it happen.

This is a huge deal for CBS's long-running reality show, which is notorious for facing race-related controversy every season. In years past, the show has failed to cast a balanced and diverse group of contestants, and minorities have historically been among the first houseguests to be evicted.

However, after CBS vowed in November 2020 to cast its unscripted reality shows with at least 50 percent BIPOC contestants, Big Brother saw the most diverse cast ever.

Twitter was celebrating Thursday night, with the entire fandom declaring The Cookout the best alliance in BB history, while also recognizing the milestone achievement that Big Brother U.S. now has an entirely Black house for the first time in 21 years.

Big Brother airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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