Leslie Moonves Shuts Down a Possible Return to TV: "I'm Retired"

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Nearly two months after exiting his chairman and CEO post at CBS amid sexual assault claims, Moonves said he is done with showbiz.

Leslie Moonves has largely maintained a low profile since Sept. 9, when he exited his chairman and CEO post at CBS after he faced multiple accusations of sexual assault.

But the former TV exec and his wife, Julie Chen, stepped out on Thursday for dinner at Beverly Hills' Madeo Restaurant, where Moonves shut down the idea of a possible return to entertainment.

Asked by TMZ if he'd consider the idea of creating his own network and a new talk show for Chen, Moonves said, "I'm retired," which he repeated four times in a row.

When the cameraman said that Chen's face needs to be back on television, Moonves said, "You're absolutely right." Chen played coy about her future plans, but responded to the TMZ reporter's compliments by saying, "You're kind."

The first batch of allegations against Moonves came out in a July New Yorker story written by #MeToo pioneer Ronan Farrow. At the time, Chen tweeted that she "fully" supported her "kind, decent and moral" husband, who has vehemently denied the accusations made against him. Later, on The Talk, Chen said that she would stand by those remarks.

When more sexual misconduct claims surfaced in early September, in a follow-up New Yorker piece penned by Farrow, Moonves resigned from CBS and Chen later exited The Talk, on which she had appeared as a co-host since its 2010 premiere. Chen is expected to continue to host CBS' long-running reality hit Big Brother, which wrapped its 20th season on Sept. 26.

Watch Moonves address his future in television in the video below.