On Sunday, Moonves stepped down from the network as six more women had come forward with sexual harassment and abuse allegations. Before Mondays broadcast of The Talk, Chen released a statement, saying, I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family. I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother. While that live episode started with Chen acting as if everything was completely normal, she did something at the end that threw viewers for a loop.
From outside the Big Brother house with Brett, Im Julie Chen-Moonves, she said Chen as she closed the show. It was the first time that Chen had ended Big Brother with Julie Chen-Moonves, and people definitely noticed. Some shared their shock on Twitter:
Discussing yesterday’s firing of 60 Minutes exec producer Jeff Fager, the co-hosts did not mention Chen’s husband, former CBS CEO Les Moonves, by name, but generally applauded the move to “clean house” at the network, as the show’s Sharon Osbourne put it.
Julie Chen Signs Off Big Brother With A Subtle Nod To Husband Les Moonves
From outside the Big Brother house, Im Julie Chen-MOONVES. Goodnight. Oh, damn. #BB20 pic.twitter.com/4tXsBrx6zK
Looks like Julie Chen MOONVES is unshakably standing by her man, for better or worse. I cant place blame on her for what her husband may or may not have done. I have to wish her well no matter what. #bb20
In a statement to the magazine, Moonves said, "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women."
Julie Chen returns to TV, hosting Big Brother after husband Les Moonves resignation from CBS
she really threw that Julie Chen Moonves in there to let these hoes know what time it is. shes a rider. #bb20
Tonight, Julie Chen signed off Big Brother as Julie Chen Moonves, firmly standing w/her husband, a serial sexual assaulter who ruined careers. She is complicit.
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I think that Julie must want to be evicted from CBS with her statement tonight: And Im Julie Chen-Moonves, goodnight. #BB20
Cynthia Littleton Managing Editor: Television @Variety_Cynthia FOLLOW Cynthia's Most Recent Stories Tirades, Threats and ‘Scary Screaming’: The Dark Side of Working for Leslie Moonves (EXCLUSIVE) Endeavor Launches Podcast Division With Dick Wolf, ‘Limetown’ Among Partners Jeff Fager Was Fired After Sending Warning Text to CBS News Reporter View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock For all the years it has been America’s most-watched network, CBS’ secret weapon was always recognized in the industry to be the stability of core management under the leadership of Leslie Moonves.
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But a different picture of Moonves — who rose from entertainment president in 1995 to corporate CEO in 2006 — is emerging now that he has been forced out on under a cloud of scandal and a cascade of sexual assault and misconduct allegations. Company insiders, current and former employees, describe an atmosphere of fear in which executives were on often edge around Moonves. Sources say the bonding among the core team came in part from banding together to strategize on how to best manage Moonves: One former executive described him as serving, at times, as a “common enemy” who helped bring them together.
Les Moonves left because CBS board wanted loyalty, not justice
Less than a week after her husband Leslie Moonves was ousted from his position as CEO and chairman of CBS, Chen was back on the network to oversee the latest live episode of the reality competition series. She did not take time to directly address or acknowledge what was going on behind-the-scenes at CBS, but she did sign off in a new way that showcased her support for her husband.
CBS has reportedly put away about $120 million in a trust in case of a financial settlement with any of Moonves accusers, which is likely where his severance package will go in the event that CBS determines that theyre accurate. In addition, CBS made the announcement recently that a $20 million donation to multiple organizations that support the “Me Too” cause and womens equality in the workplace that will supposedly come out of funds for a Moonves severance package as well.
Julie Chen makes statement with sign-off from Big Brother 20 episode
“From outside the ‘Big Brother’ house…I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good night,” she said.
The rest of the hour-long episode was instead focused solely on pushing forward all of the extra game elements that come with the special double eviction episode.
When the first allegations against Moonves came out in July, Chen immediately took to Twitter to defend the man she not only married but for whom she also works. “Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader,” she tweeted at the time. “He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.”