Friday, September 14, 2018

Big Brother Host Signs-off "I'm Julie Chen Moonves"

"Big Brother" host Julie Chen returned to the CBS show Thursday night, days after her husband, Leslie Moonves, departed as CBS CEO and chairman amid allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. In her sign-off, she appeared to show support for her husband, saying "I'm Julie Chen Moonves," according to CBS News.

Chen sat out the season premiere of "The Talk" earlier this week, saying in a statement that she was "taking a few days off" to be with her family. Her co-hosts did discuss the controversy in her absence.

"Julie is our friend. This is our ninth season and we've been together since the beginning," said co-host Sara Gilbert. "I love her. I support her 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 and these women's stories matter. This is very serious and the appropriate actions need to take place and so I am happy women are heard, because for a long time they haven't been." 

In July, following initial allegations against Les Moonves in The New Yorker, Chen issued a statement on Twitter. She called it the "one and only statement" she would give about the issue.

"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," it said. "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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