5:16pm PT by Brian Porreca
Julie Chen Returns to 'Big Brother' After 'Talk' Exit: "Good Evening, I'm Julie Chen Moonves"
Julie Chen does not want anyone to forget that she is sticking by husband Leslie Moonves, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
"Good evening, I'm Julie Chen Moonves," she greeted viewers on CBS' Big Brother on Wednesday night, using her married name yet again to show support for the disgraced former CBS chairman and CEO.
The latest episode of the reality series was taped Tuesday, the same day Chen announced her exit from her daytime post at CBS' The Talk.
On the previous episode of Big Brother, she signed off with: "I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight," marking it the first time she has used her married name on-air.
In a video message about her exit from The Talk directed to viewers, her co-hosts and the people "behind the scenes," Chen said in part: "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. 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."
On Tuesday, when news of Chen's departure from The Talk first broke, CBS released a statement that read in full: "For eight seasons, Julie Chen has co-hosted The Talk with incredible energy, grace and professionalism. Her talents played a big role in our successful launch of CBS' first network daytime talk show, and in the series growth into an Emmy Award-winning broadcast. 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."
When Ronan Farrow's July 27 New Yorker exposé on Moonves, which detailed six separate allegations of sexual harassment, was first published, Chen supported her husband as well, saying on Twitter: "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the mid-90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years. Leslie is a good man and 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 by him."
She then backed up her statement on The Talk, saying: "Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days. I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter. And I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever."
Chen has not directly addressed the latest allegations detailed in Farrow's Sep. 9 follow-up article, which led to Moonves' exit from the top post at CBS.
Chen is expected to continue to host Big Brother, which has two live episodes still to air, including its season finale on Sept. 26.