Julie Chen Signs Off Big Brother Using Husband Les Moonves' Last Name

14 September, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Thursday marked Chen's highly anticipated return to CBS just days after it was announced that her husband - the network's chairman and chief executive Les Moonves - was stepping down following sexual misconduct allegations from at least 12 women. Until now. On the September 13 episode of Big Brother, she did something she's never done in her years of hosting the CBS reality show.

"Julie Chen Moonves" opened the Thursday episode with a recap of what had happened in previous weeks and boasted about the double eviction that was set for the episode. It was the first time that Chen had ended Big Brother with "Julie Chen-Moonves", and people definitely noticed. Chen has been MIA this week during her day job on "The Talk", saying in a statement that she was spending time with family. One person joked it was "the biggest twist" of the season.

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Others, however, viewed Chen's name change in a less positive light.

On Sunday, Moonves was sacked from his long-running position at CBS after new allegations surfaced of inappropriate behavior, including assault and sexual misconduct.

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The two-paragraph internal memo from CBS News president David Rhodes, which was seen by Reuters, said that Fager's departure "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

Moonves has denied any wrongdoing. Chen never brought up the fact that her husband has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault over the last few decades.

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"I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years", Chen wrote. 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.

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