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Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Julie Chen says "Julie Chen Moonves" for a third episode of Big Brother
It appears that Chen plans to include "Moonves" in her name from now on.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Julie Chen to stay on as Big Brother host through 2019
CBS has yet to order a 21st season of Big Brother. But Chen's contract runs through the winter Celebrity Big Brother and next summer's Big Brother seasons. "Heading toward next week’s Season 20 finale, the ex-The Talk co-host has told individuals at the network that she wants to keep her 18-year gig hosting the reality competition series," according to Deadline. "Additionally, sources close to Chen say she will continue to work on Big Brother and looks forward to hosting the show for years to come."
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
The View wished Julie Chen well after her exit from The Talk, while Wendy Williams questioned her tears
Source: E! Online
Daytime TV had a range of responses to Chen's exit from The Talk. "I think it would be hard to be on that show and if you couldn't share so I sorta understood," Hoda Kotb said on Today. "She'll be missed on that show," Gayle King, Chen's colleague, said on CBS This Morning. On The View, Whoopi Goldberg wished Chen well, while Abby Huntsman said: "What I would love for her to do is to use that as an opportunity to be transparent, to be real, to talk to people about what maybe she's been through." Kathie Lee Gifford expressed sympathy for Chen on the 10am. Today show. "It always bugs me when they say the humiliated so-and-so. I'm capable of humiliating myself…She's not humiliated," said Gifford. "She's heartbroken. There's a big difference. You know what I'm saying?" Meanwhile, Wendy Williams questioned Chen's teary goodbye: "It's nice to know she watches 'Hot Topics,' where I said she should quit because she is a distraction," Wendy said. "She ended up crying towards the end but in my mind, those weren't tears because of the crew. In my opinion, she wasn't crying because of the cast and the crew and the staff and stuff. She was crying because now she has to go back to that compound and deal with that man and try to keep her son out of it. And there is no compound to me that is big enough." ALSO: Chen taped tonight's Big Brother episode on Tuesday, the same day she announced her Talk departure.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Julie Chen introduces tonight's Big Brother episode as "Julie Chen Moonves"
TMZ reports Chen again used the "Moonves" surname on tonight's pre-taped episode, using it for the first time in introducing herself. Last Thursday, she used it only to sign off from the show.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:16AM EDT
Report: Julie Chen is expected to stay with Big Brother, CBS didn't pressure her to exit The Talk
According to TMZ, CBS doesn't want to punish Chen for husband Les Moonves' actions.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Judd Apatow: Julie Chen's "Julie Chen Moonves" Big Brother sign-off was "cruel" to Les Moonves' many victims
Apatow joined other celebrities in denouncing Chen's support of her husband on Big Brother. "Her husband threatened people and ruined careers," tweeted Apatow. "He sexually assaulted and harassed people. To stand by him at this moment is cruel to the many victims. Maybe the shock and fear of her husband has damaged her and she isn’t seeing clearly— yet."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Julie Chen stands by Les Moonves, signing off Big Brother as "Julie Chen Moonves"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Chen said "Good evening, I’m Julie Chen" at the beginning of Big Brother's live double eviction Thursday night, her first TV appearance since husband Les Moonves was fired on Sunday as CEO of CBS after taking time off from The Talk. But she found an unusual way to sign off, adding her husband's surname. "From outside the Big Brother house with Brett, I am Julie Chen Moonves. Good night," she said. According to EW, "it was the first time in the history of the show that Chen has used the Moonves surname while signing off, a clear indication that she still supports her husband amid the accusations levied against him in two blistering New Yorker articles by Rowan Farrow." As Daniel D'Addario put it, "that name, defiantly used, feels, for now, unwelcome in any setting that demands introspection, and antithetical to any path forward for Chen but painful silence."
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Can Julie Chen continue on The Talk following her husband Les Moonves' CBS ouster?
As Brian Steinberg points out, "Chen might find taking part in some broadcasts of The Talk awkward, particularly because the hosts occasionally talk about their personal lives. This week’s episodes would be particularly excruciating for anyone in her situation." Steinberg adds: "Staying on Big Brother might be an easier assignment for Chen, who has been the host of the U.S. version of the program since it debuted in 2000. The job does not require personal disclosure, but straight reporting on the actions of the participants in the show, who must live together in a house while under constant surveillance, as well as interviews with them."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Julie Chen skips today's The Talk Season 9 premiere following husband Les Moonves' resignation from CBS
“I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family,” Chen said in a statement shared with The Wrap minutes before The Talk kicked off the season. “I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother." ALSO:
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Big Brother producers explain why JC Mounduix hasn't been booted despite repeated problematic behavior
“The expression of viewer concerns regarding JC Mounduix’s behavior was reviewed immediately. All video was examined in its entirety," executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan said in a statement. "We spoke with all three of the houseguests separately in detail about the incidents. Tyler and Haleigh explained to producers that they in no way felt threatened, unsafe or sexually harassed. If there was any indication from our Houseguests of sexual misconduct, we and CBS would have taken immediate action. The safety and security of our houseguests is and will continue to be our top priority.”
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Big Brother producers step in after housemate JC Mounduix was again accused of inappropriate behavior
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Mounduix, who was previously accused of inappropriate touching and using offensive language, was spotted touching a housemate while he was sleeping. He also opened the door and refused to close it while a female contestant was in the restroom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mounduix has received a warning about his behavior.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Julie Chen would love to see a Big Brother spinoff on the jury house.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I’ve often suggested and wondered what it would be like to run a secondary show running parallel to the remaining weeks of Big Brother or on CBS All Access showing the jury house," she tells EW. "I think it was too costly? But yes, it would be fun to watch. Hey, maybe one day. We had talked about Celebrity Big Brother since 2001 and it only took us 17 years, but we did it! Expect the unexpected."
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 10:11AM EDT
Julie Chen's influence at CBS is under scrutiny in wake of Les Moonves allegations
Source: The Daily Beast
"Are rumors of her diva-ish behavior true—or rooted in misogyny?" asks The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove. He reports that detractors of The Talk co-host and Big Brother host accuse Chen of "favoritism, bullying, and wielding her marital status like a sledgehammer." Chen's supporters say, however, that she is “gracious,” “professional” and “discreet.” Grove says it's unlikely that Chen will be forced out of her CBS jobs if Moonves was ousted as CBS CEO -- but she might exit out of loyalty to her husband. Grove details some of the allegations against Chen, including one claim that she was so powerful at CBS that CBS News couldn't air special reports while The Talk was on live between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET. Former Early Show senior executive producer Shelley Ross, who worked with Chen for six months, raised eyebrows when she tweeted last week, "what about Julie Chen’s abuses of power…”? Former The Talk colleague Aisha Tyler is defending Chen, saying "there’s a strong thread of misogyny in what people say about Julie, because the underlying thread here is 'Oh, if she’s a woman, somehow she got where she is because of who she slept with.' And I think it’s extraordinarily sexist.” ALSO: CBS Evening News accidentally misspelled Les Moonves' name as "Mooves."
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Big Brother's JC Mounduix sparks more controversy by asking a fellow housemate if she's a "real girl"
Mounduix has come under fire for inappropriately touching fellow houseguests and for using the N-word. Now he's stirred more controversy by accusing a housemate of being transgender.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
What does the Les Moonves' sexual harassment scandal mean for Julie Chen?
"Until now, the wives of powerful men whose careers have ended as a result of the #MeToo movement have largely been able to stay private and away from the spotlight," says Ramin Setoodah. But since Chen is Moonves' employee and wife, the coming days could be awkward, especially since she's scheduled to return to The Talk on Monday. As Setoodah notes, "insiders have long whispered that Chen’s relationship with Moonves represented a conflict of interest, since he made decisions about the programming of her shows." ALSO: CBS ad sales chief Jo Ann Ross, one of TV's most prominent female business-side executives, said she would "fully support" Moonves.