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Julie Chen tears up as she speaks about one Big Brother star

Big Brother Season 17 is going to be more diverse than ever before, as this season the show welcomes its first-ever transgender contestant, Georgia resident Audrey Middleton.

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And when discussing Middleton on The Talk on Wednesday, Julie Chen got a little emotional.

“You’re going to see something that you’ve never seen before in the Big Brother house,” Chen explained to the audience and her cohosts.

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“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. I hope you watch with compassion and an open mind to learn something about a community that you may not be familiar with. This is Audrey’s story to tell, and I’m looking forward to hearing it,” a visibly emotional Chen said before the show shared Middleton’s Big Brother introductory reel.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Chen, who is also the Big Brother host, revealed why she had been fighting back her tears during the segment on The Talk.

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I just want to live in a world where we all have tolerance,” Chen said. “It’s emotional that we even have to talk about it and ask people for compassion.”

Hopefully, Middleton’s presence on the show will serve to educate others and spread awareness about the transgender community.

Watch the video of Julie Chen on The Talk below (sorry, we know it’s small).

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