Julie Chen is sticking by her husband Leslie Moonves after he was ousted from his CEO position at CBS after sexual misconduct allegations. On ‘Big Brother’, a show Julie Chen hosts, she signed off by saying, “I’m Julie Chen Moonves,” a clear signal that she plans to back her husband. Normally she would refer to herself as just “Julie Chen”
In August, Ronan Farrow dropped an expose alleging Leslie Moonves had been sexually abusing women for decades. The article alleges that Moonves derailed many women’s careers if they didn’t reciprocate his sexual advances. After the article hit, Leslie Moonves released a statement, “… I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely…We are seeing vigorous discourse in our country about equality, inclusion, and safety in the workplace, and CBS is committed to being part of the solution to those important issues.”
Julie Chen addressed the issue on Twitter, “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.”
That was the only time Julie Chen addressed the issue even though she’s a co-host on the talk show “The Talk”, where they discuss hot-button issues of the day.
CBS was negotiating an exit package around $120 million for Moonves to step down until investigators found out that Moonves was trying to buy the silence of one of his accusers. With the new accusation, Moonves will not see any of that money reports the “Vanity Fair“. Instead, CBS said they would donate $20 million to organizations that support the #metoo movement.
Since these new allegations, Julie had been absent from her co-hosting duties on “The Talk”, while her co-hosts discussed the matter. “As you all know, Julie’s husband is in the news and she’s taking off time to be with her family. It’s very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about her husband,” Sharon Osbourne said.
Sara Gilbert chimed in with, “I support her (Julie Chen) always. However, this is an important time in our culture and just because this hits close to home, it doesn’t change the story. All women’s stories matter. This is very serious and the appropriate actions need to take place. I am happy when women are heard because for a long time they haven’t been.”
Julie had been silent on the issue until last night. On her show ‘Big Brother’ she signed off with, “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.”
— Zwooper.com (@Zwooper) September 14, 2018
The internet fired back at Julie Chen saying that using her husband’s last name was an insult to the victims of the #metoo movement.
But many supported Julie for standing by her husband.
UPDATE 9-17-2018: Julie Chen Moonves has decided to leave her show “The Talk”