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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 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 Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Julie Chen officially announces her exit from The Talk in an emotional pre-taped message
CBS waited until the final minutes of Tuesday's episode of The Talk to show Chen's tearful video message announcing she's leaving the show to spend time with her young son and her husband Les Moonves following his firing from CBS. “I have been at The Talk since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast, crew and staff have become family to me over the years," said Chen. "But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I’ve decided to leave The Talk. I want to thank everyone at the show for our wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. To everyone behind the scenes… I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much.” CBS issued a statement thanking Chen for her work on The Talk: "All of us here have tremendous appreciation for the dedication and passion she brought to the show every day and for her generous role as an ambassador for CBS Daytime. We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision and wish Julie all the best in everything she does."
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Julie Chen is expected to announce her exit from The Talk Tuesday via a videotaped message
"She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband's name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son," a source tells CNN. Chen, who has co-hosted The Talk since its 2010 launch, is expected to announce she's leaving, effective immediately, via a videotapped message on today's episode of The Talk. CNN also reports that Chen is expected to stay as host of Big Brother.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 3:04PM EDT
The View's Joy Behar on Julie Chen: "I think it's going to be hard for her to go back to The Talk"
The View panelists this discussed Chen, Les Moonves and her "Julie Chen Moonves" sign-off from last night's Big Brother at the top of this morning's show. Behar questioned whether Chen could return to The Talk. "I think it's going to be hard for her to go back to The Talk," said Behar. "What topics can they do? They can't talk about the #MeToo movement without her coming clean about her husband." Behar compared Chen to Hillary Clinton sticking up for President Bill Clinton after he denied having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, saying it would even be hard to talk about shows like Real Housewives or anything relationship related. ALSO: The Talk avoided talking about Chen's "Julie Chen Moonves" sign-off on Friday.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
The Talk applauded Jeff Fager's firing and CBS' move to "clean house" -- with Julie Chen still absent and without bringing up Les Moonves
“I just think it’s so refreshing that this old regime of the boys club, guys taking care of guys…”, Osbourne said while discussing the 60 Minutes executive producer's ouster. “I just think it’s great to clean house.” For the fourth straight day, Chen was absent following her husband's ouster on Sunday. Chen said in her statement on Monday, “I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother.” ALSO: Chen and Moonves were spotted outside their house in Los Angeles.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Les Moonves' ouster from CBS took many by surprise because he seemed "too big to jail"
"The simple fact is that it is deeply ingrained in us to think some men get to mistreat women. Some men are too big to jail," says Lili Loofbourow, pointing out that Moonves didn't get the boot until after another set of accusers came forward Sunday with even more disturbing stories. "We should accept no calculus that says six accusations aren’t enough but 12 are," she says. "The pragmatic politics here are as straightforward as they are irrational and nasty: The P.R. mills that grind people into capital determined that Moonves could weather one scandal enough to eat dinner in public and fight for his standing, but not two." Loofbourow adds: "Men like Moonves do all they can to encourage this assessment of their value, of course. They present themselves as essential to the success of the enterprise, knit their fate to the company’s. Moonves is more than diplomatic in interviews, but he makes clear that Warner Bros. was No. 1 when he left it, that CBS is now the No. 1 network under him, and that his biggest question when he arrived at CBS was whether he would be able to fix its problems: 'Am I ever going to get this right? How am I going to be able to figure out how to rebuild this place?' Men like this characterize accusations as conspiracies to bring them down because of their prominence ...The boards they install and executives they hire only serve to bolster the illusion that without these big men, the system will not hold. Those in more junior ranks who know of or encounter allegations are faced with the entire scaffolding of the institution arrayed against them. (Here’s what’s weird, though: This particular strain of corporate self-centering actually reveals the men in question to be abysmal stewards of their companies. Anyone whose organization is solely reliant on him has failed; the very claim that they’re irreplaceable speaks to fragility, not robustness.)"
- CBS does have the right to reveal findings of its Les Moonves investigation, despite a "Confidentiality" section in his exit agreement
- The Talk co-hosts support Gayle King's call for transparency in Moonves investigation
- Time's Up calls on CBS to donate $120 million from Moonves' severance
- CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello was Moonves' right-hand man for a decade, which means he's unlikely to keep the job permanently
- 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is still in his job as an investigation probes the culture of CBS News
- Howard Stern unveils a "Les Moonves puppet" to mock his former foe
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 8:51PM EDT
Without Julie Chen, The Talk spent an awkward and emotional 10 minutes discussing Les Moonves
Source: The Daily Beast
“We're about to talk about something that affects everybody's lives here at CBS,” said Sharon Osbourne, whose job was to lead the discussion on the CBS boss' ouster after announcing that Chen would be skipping today's Season 9 premiere. “I have never been nervous in my life, but I'm kind of very nervous right now,” Osbourne said, before letting clips of other news shows explain the new sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves. The result was a "deeply uncomfortable" 10 minutes that was both awkward and emotional, says Matt Wilstein. Osbourne, who staunchly defended Moonves in a Twitter statement that discredited his accusers when Ronan Farrow's New Yorker story was first published, deleted the tweet before today's show. "He's not been convicted of any crime, but obviously the man has a problem," Osbourne said today, adding that the new CBS CEO will likely make drastic changes. “We all know they sweep clean," Osbourne said. "Everybody here at CBS is nervous about their jobs. Yes, the ladies at this table will go on and we'll probably find another show if our show, please god, it's not taken off, we'll always find another job and nobody is, you know, in that position yet. It's just historically when somebody new comes in, things change.”
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 Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
CBS sets daytime fall premiere dates for The Talk, The Price is Right and more
The Talk kicks off the new season on Sept. 10, The Price is Right returns Sept. 17 and soaps The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful will premiere on Sept. 3 and Sept. 17, respectively.
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 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.