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Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Julie Chen would love to see a Big Brother spinoff on the jury house.
"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 Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Les Moonves promoted a "zero tolerance policy" at CBS towards sexual harassment just last year
According to a company-wide memo obtained by Deadline that the CBS CEO sent on March 9, 2017 -- seven months before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke -- Moonves said the company is committed to providing every employee with a professional work environment that’s free of discrimination and harassment. “Simply put,” Moonves wrote, “CBS has a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination or sexual harassment in our company or related businesses. At every level of the organization, we are all responsible for treating each other in a fair, objective manner and for supporting the Company’s Affirmative Action and EEO policies and practices. And I hold all our managers accountable in this regard.” As Deadline put it, "Moonves’ own conduct will now be measured against that standard."
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- How Ronan Farrow keeps landing bombshell stories: Illeana Douglas called him the day after his Harvey Weinstein story broke
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Julie Chen said on The Talk she "stands by" her statement supporting husband Les Moonves
“Some of you may be aware of what’s been going on in my life the past few days,” Chen said in opening Monday's show, three days after her husband was accused by six women of sexual harassment. “I issued the one and only statement I will make on Twitter. I stand by that statement today, tomorrow, and forever.”
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 10:38PM EDT
Sharon Osbourne backs Les Moonves in support of The Talk colleague Julie Chen
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Osbourne, former Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter, CBS head of daytime Angelica McDaniel and former CBS Sports publicist LeslieAnne Wade all publicly backed the CBS CEO on Twitter following The New Yorker's bombshell story accusing him of sexually harassing six women. "Interesting timing, seems like an attempt to discredit Leslie before a major court case," tweeted Osbourne this morning, referring to the battle between Moonves and Shari Redstone over the future of CBS. "I hope people don’t rush to judgement and let @CBS conduct their investigation. Sending my love and support to my friends @JulieChen and Leslie Moonves." Carter tweeted Saturday afternoon: "Les Moonves is a close friend. I’ve known him for 40 years. He is a kind, decent and honorable man. I believe him and I believe in him." Meanwhile, Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president of daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, also expressed support for Moonves, tweeting that her relationship with Moonves is one of "respect and suport, in an environment where talent and hard work rise to the top. Statements about a culture of repression and subjugation of women have never been brought to bear on myself or my department in my eight years as a top executive at CBS." Former CBS Sports publicist LeslieAnne Wade also backed Moonves: "I know Leslie Moonves well. I worked for him for nearly twenty years. No executive advocated for or activated more top level opportunity for women." On Friday night, CBS sales chief Jo Ann Ross also expressed support for Moonves, tweeting: "He has never been threatening or abusive. In fact, Leslie has been my 'go to' through any challenges." ALSO: Moonves' many positive experiences with female employees don't exonerate him.
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.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Six women accuse CBS' Les Moonves of sexual harassment in New Yorker exposé
Source: The New Yorker
“What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” said actress Illeana Douglas, one of six women to come forward accusing Moonves of sexual misconduct, including four on the record, to Pulitzer-winning writer Ronan Farrow. As Farrow pointed out, Moonves called the #MeToo movement a "watershed moment" last November. "I think it’s important that a company’s culture will not allow for this," he said. "And that’s the thing that’s far-reaching. There’s a lot we’re learning. There’s a lot we didn’t know.” But, writes Farrow, "Moonves’s private actions belie his public statements. Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them. Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result." Aside from Douglas, the women who've spoken on the record with Farrow include writer Janet Jones, who alleges that Moonves tried to forcibly kiss her; producer Christine Peters, who alleges that Moonves put his hand up her skirt during a meeting; and Emmy-winning The Tracey Ullman Show writer Dinah Kingo, who says a potential deal fell through after she rejected a date with a then-married Moonves. In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves said: “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected—and abided by the principle—that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career. This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution.”
- Ronan Farrow's Moonves bombshell also tackled sexual misconduct accusations at CBS News and 60 Minutes: "19 current and former employees told @RonanFarrow that Jeﬀ Fager, the former chairman of CBS News and the current executive producer of 60 Minutes, allowed harassment in the division."
- "Men at CBS News who were accused of sexual misconduct were promoted, even as the company paid settlements to women with complaints," Farrow writes, based on interviews with 30 current and former CBS employees.
- Julie Chen tweeted a statement in support of her husband: "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.”
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Big Brother is emphasizing younger contestants because they are more likely to create drama
Source: reality blurred
The reason this season is almost entirely made up of 20-somethings is because they are more likely to be immature and volatile, says Julie Chen. "You need people that you think are not going to get along. We’ve found that the majority of the group being in their 20s works nicely, especially since it’s summer and everyone’s in bathing suits trying to impress," Chen tells Parade magazine. "Also, there’s a level of immaturity in your 20s; you’re still hotheaded and not that wise, so you’re going to act up and be more interesting to watch.”
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Big Brother unveils its Season 20 houseguests
This year's cast includes a former undercover cop and a Las Vegas entertainer. ALSO: Season 20 may include a social media twist.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
Marissa Jaret Winokur and Ross Mathews to host a Big Brother recap show on Facebook Watch
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The recap show, titled Off the Block with Ross and Marissa, will be like Jeff Schroeder's CBS All Access recap show, but for Facebook. “We love them so much, who better to continue the conversation after I’m talking to them,” says Julie Chen. “Plus they are super fans!” Winokur won CBS' first-ever Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
Julie Chen could see Celebrity Big Brother becoming an annual event
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"It’s definitely possible," she says. "With these ratings, it did what we hoped as opposed to running repeats of the current slate of shows. It all depends how well all the shows on the air are doing. But don’t forget, B.B. takes up a lot of real estate on the prime-time schedule. We are used to having at least three nights to air in a week. CBS is known for having a strong schedule of shows year round so it’s hard to say right now what will happen next winter."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Stop taking Omarosa's Celebrity Big Brother comments about Trump seriously!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Omarosa's comments keep being written up as news when her observations could have come from anybody, says Daniel Fienberg. "For the past week," he writes, "a strange and sad thing has occurred where seasoned political reporters and entertainment reporters alike have been forced to glue their eyeballs to the live feeds for Celebrity Big Brother because of the annoying possibility that reality TV retread and discarded Trump Administration castaway Omarosa Manigault-Newman might say something controversial and therefore meaningful — which is not the same as saying something substantive and therefore meaningful, because we know with reasonable certainty that that's not going to happen — about her former boss in the White House." ALSO: Julie Chen thinks Omarosa "played up" her asthma attack.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Julie Chen hopes Omarosa speaks out about Trump and generates headlines for Celebrity Big Brother
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
But Chen worries that Omarosa will refuse to be her controversial self, even though the Celebrity Big Brother host is quick to point out that CBS hasn’t muzzled her from discussing her former boss. “My theory is that she doesn't want to say too much because she wants people to buy her supposed book that she's working on,” says Chen. “I’m like, ‘Don't you want to tease something to the viewers?’ I'm hoping she does. And if she does and continues to, you're going to force every single news outlet in the country and maybe beyond to be monitoring the live feeds 24/7. If she says one thing at 2 a.m. that's a bombshell no one wants to get out-scooped on. If I worked at MSNBC, CNN or CBS News I would assign people just to trail her actions in the house and watch her. I would form an 'Omarosa Watch' if I was running a news division.” Chen also revealed which Celebrity Big Brother contestant got away. “Timing didn't work out for Boy George. I really wanted him and was proud of that pick,” says Chen. Boy George was banned from appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in Britain 2009 because he was on probation.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
Report: Celebrity Big Brother winner will be awarded $500,000
Each of the celebrity contestants will earn a minimum of $200,000 for their participation, TMZ reports. ALSO: Julie Chen gives a tour of the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Celebrity Big Brother host Julie Chen just recently learned Omarosa’s last name
Chen tells CBS This Morning how her CBS reality show snagged the former Trump White House advisor and reality TV veteran.