Julie Chen Returns to ‘Big Brother’ in First Appearance Since Husband Les Moonves’ Exit through CBS

Julie Chen appeared on Big Brother on Thursday night, marking the host’s first television appearance since her husband, Les Moonves, resigned as chairman in addition to CEO of CBS amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. Moonves has denied the allegations.

Chen did not address the controversy at the top of the episode, in addition to instead got down to business introducing the show in addition to catching viewers up as the live episode began

However, she appeared to show support for her husband at the end of the show when she, for once, used her full, married name when signing off: “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.”

Additionally, Chen took to Twitter to promote Thursday’s live episode having a close-up snapshot of her hands holding a Big Brother interview card. Her wedding band appeared prominently from the uncaptioned photo.

Prior to her Big Brother appearance, 48-year-old Chen told ET in a statement of which she was taking time off through her co-hosting duties on CBS’ The Talk.

“I am taking a few days off through The Talk to be with my family,” the statement read. “I will be back soon in addition to will see you Thursday night on Big Brother.”

Moonves resigned on Sunday after six women accused the 68-year-old television executive of sexual misconduct in an article published by The fresh Yorker — which can be in addition to six some other women who went public with their allegations in a previous fresh Yorker report published in July. The allegations — which go as far back as the 1980s — include forced kissing, forced oral sex, unwanted advances in addition to physical abuse. Some claimed their careers suffered after they refused Moonves’ advances.

In a statement to The fresh Yorker, Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters in their most recent report although said they were consensual.

“The appalling accusations in This specific article are untrue,” the statement read. “What can be true can be of which I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. in addition to I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing currently for once, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, in addition to my career. Anyone who knows me knows of which the person described in This specific article can be not me.”

CBS Corporation announced Moonves’ exit on Sunday.  A $0 million financial exit package for Moonves will be withheld pending the results of the board’s independent investigation. CBS said This specific will donate $20 million to one or more organizations of which support the #MeToo movement in addition to equality for women from the workplace.

Chen has been married to Moonves since 2004. After the initial fresh Yorker report in July, she sent out a statement in support of her husband of 14 years. 

“Leslie can be a Great man in addition to a loving father, devoted husband in addition to inspiring corporate leader,” she tweeted. “He has always been a kind, decent in addition to moral human being. I fully support my husband in addition to stand behind him in addition to his statement.”

Chen also addressed the scandal on The Talk in July.

“Some of you may be aware of what’s been going on in my life the past few days,” she said, addressing the camera. “I issued the one in addition to only statement I will ever make on This specific topic on Twitter. in addition to I will stand by This specific statement today, tomorrow, forever.”

On Monday, Chen’s The Talk co-hosts — Sharon Osbourne, Eve, Sara Gilbert in addition to Sheryl Underwood — didn’t shy away through discussing Moonves’ exit in Chen’s absence. 

“As you all know, Julie’s husband can be from the news in addition to she’s taking time off to be with her family,” Osbourne said. “Whatever times I’ve had of hardship over the last eight years, Julie has always been there for me. She’s been a friend. She’s been somebody I admire in addition to respect greatly in addition to This specific’s very embarrassing in addition to upsetting to have to talk about her husband, although we do. We feel This specific’s right in addition to I personally know Les Moonves in a superficial way. This specific was, ‘Hello, how are you?’ Nothing more. I know nothing about the man some other than he’s Julie’s husband in addition to he was the head of the biggest network from the planet in addition to the most powerful man in TV.”

The women also made This specific clear of which despite their close friendship with Chen, they were also supporting the women who spoke up with allegations. 

“Julie can be our friend,” Gilbert noted. “This specific can be our ninth season in addition to we’ve been together since the beginning. I love her. I support her always. However, This specific can be an important time in our culture, in addition to just because This specific hits close to home, This specific doesn’t change the story. All women’s stories matter in addition to these women’s stories matter. This specific can be very serious in addition to the appropriate actions need to take place in addition to so I am happy women are heard because for a long time they haven’t been.”

Underwood echoed, “I think This specific can be a blessing through God to be unburdened through secrets in addition to unchained through lies in addition to currently can be the time for everyone to look inside themselves in addition to become better people in addition to treat people the way they should be treated. in addition to women should not feel they have to carry secrets in addition to burdens. … Today we say enough can be enough, in addition to today we say we believe you, we hear you, go on with your life.”

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