Julie Chen returned to CBS to host Large Brother on Wednesday night time, and he or she despatched a delicate — however pointed — message of solidarity to her husband, the community’s former CEO Leslie “Les” Moonves.
As she signed off from the present, she seemed on the digicam and stated, “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.”
It was the primary time that she has used the final title Moonves on the present — and it got here simply days after her husband was fired after a number of ladies accused him of sexual harassment.
Moonves has admitted to appearing inappropriately previously however stated he has at all times “understood and revered — and abided by the precept — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’” and by no means misused his “place to hurt or hinder anybody’s profession.”
Chen’s log out elicited gasps within the management room. “Nobody was indignant,” a supply in Large Brother manufacturing tells PEOPLE. “It was extra like ‘Did she simply say that? I can’t imagine she simply stated that.’”
The supply says that Chen’s message was crystal clear to individuals who work on the present. “Everybody is aware of that it’s an enormous ‘f— you’ to CBS that she did it, as a result of she by no means, ever refers to herself as something however Julie Chen.”
“It’s type of good when you consider it,” the supply continues. “The informal viewer in all probability didn’t even discover, however I promise you that the community did. They had been watching each single second of the present to see if she would do something. They will need to have been respiration a sigh of reduction as a result of the present was virtually over, after which that occurred!”
Chen has persistently stood by her husband amid his sexual misconduct scandal. Days after information broke, Chen — who additionally co-hosts The Speak — spoke out concerning the allegations.
“A few of chances are you’ll concentrate on what’s been occurring in my life the previous few days,” she stated on the present. “I issued the one and solely assertion I’ll ever make on this matter on Twitter. And I’ll stand by that assertion right now, tomorrow, without end.”
In a piece by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker printed final month, six ladies — together with actress Illeana Douglas and author Janet Jones — who professionally handled Moonves between the 1980s and late aughts accused him of sexual misconduct.
“Six ladies who had skilled dealings with him informed me that … Moonves sexually harassed them. 4 described forcible touching or kissing throughout enterprise conferences, in what they stated seemed to be a practiced routine. Two informed me that Moonves bodily intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers,” Farrow writes in his piece. “All stated that he turned chilly or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered in consequence.”
In an announcement to The New Yorker, Moonves admitted to appearing inappropriately previously.
“All through my time at CBS, we’ve got promoted a tradition of respect and alternative for all staff, and have persistently discovered success elevating ladies to high government positions throughout our firm. I acknowledge that there have been occasions many years in the past once I could have made some ladies uncomfortable by making advances,” he stated.
“These had been errors, and I remorse them immensely. However I at all times understood and revered — and abided by the precept — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I’ve by no means misused my place to hurt or hinder anybody’s profession. It is a time once we all are appropriately centered on how we assist enhance our society, and we at CBS are dedicated to being a part of the answer,” he continued.
Chen was fast to help her husband when she issued an announcement on Twitter.
“I’ve identified my husband, Leslie Moonves, for the reason that late ’90s, and I’ve been married to him for nearly 14 years. Leslie is an efficient man and a loving father, devoted husband and provoking company chief,” Chen tweeted.
“He has at all times been a form, respectable and ethical human being,” she continued. “I totally help my husband and stand behind him and his assertion.”
Chen, 48, and Moonves, 68, married in 2004 and share Eight-year-old son Charlie.
With Chen’s newest touch upon Large Brother, she reiterated which facet she has chosen. “Now everyone knows: Julie stands by her husband, not by CBS,” says the Large Brother supply. “She made that a lot clear tonight.”