While that live episode started with Chen acting as if everything was completely normal, she did something at the end that threw viewers for a loop.
Julie Chen, 48, has remained radio silent about her husband Les Moonves stepping down as CBS' chairman on September 9 amid sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations.
"From outside the Big Brother house, I'm Julie Chen Moonves". She took a brief break from "The Talk," a CBS show she co-hosts. While didn't address the controversy around her 68-year-old husband, she made it crystal clear that she's standing by him in support. All of Chen's social media accounts also use her full name without "Moonves". Chen was originally scheduled to appear Monday on the season premiere of CBS's "The Talk", which she co-hosts, but chose to skip the talk show entirely, citing a need to "be with my family", The Washington Post's Emily Yahr reported. One person joked it was "the biggest twist" of the season. Good night, ' she said.
"I think that is a disgrace to her husband's victims", wrote one Twitter user.
"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.
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She echoed her Twitter statement in an episode of "The Talk" on July 30. Over the weekend, the New Yorker published another story with six new women coming forward to allege that Moonves had exhibited improper behavior toward them, including sexual misconduct, harassment and retaliation.
On Sunday, Moonves was sacked from his long-running position at CBS after new allegations surfaced of inappropriate behavior, including assault and sexual misconduct.
Moonves has denied any wrongdoing. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being.