Julie Chen Signals Support For Husband In Return To 'Big Brother'
By Peyton Blakemore
September 14, 2018
Julie Chen supports her man.
On Thursday (September 13), the Big Brother host sent a message of solidarity to her husband, CBS' former CEO Leslie "Les" Moonves. While signing off from BB, she looked at the camera and said, “From outside the ‘Big Brother’ house, I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good night.” It was the first time that she has used her husband's last name as her sign off on the show (she usually, she just says “Julie Chen”), a move that came only days after Les was fired from the network following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. The former CBS CEO has denied the claims, saying he never misused his “position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”
Julie's surprise sign off was met with shock, a Big Brother production source told People. “No one was angry. It was more like ‘Did she just say that? I can’t believe she just said that.'” The insider added, “Everyone knows that [her sign off was] a big ‘f**k you’ to CBS that she did it, because she never, ever refers to herself as anything but Julie Chen. It’s sort of perfect when you think about it."
As fans know, Julie took some time away from The Talk, which she co-hosts, earlier this week, following Les' firing. Before her break, she did, however, address the scandal on the show. “Some of you may be aware of what’s been going on in my life the past few days,” she said. “I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter. And I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever.”
Back in July, after six women accused Les of sexual misconduct in a piece written by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker, Julie tweeted: “I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years. Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.
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