Julie Chen is stepping down from “The Speak” on CBS, one week after her husband Les Moonves left the CBS Company underneath strain.
Chen’s determination is efficient instantly, in line with two sources near her. She’s going to tackle the choice by a videotaped message to viewers on Tuesday’s episode.
“She has determined that her most important focus must be clearing her husband’s title from accusations made 25-30 years in the past and tending to her son,” one of many sources stated.
The sources stated she is going to proceed to host the CBS actuality present “Massive Brother.”
A CBS spokesperson didn’t reply to a request for remark Monday evening.
When Moonves, the highly effective chairman and CEO of CBS, was accused of sexual misconduct within the pages of The New Yorker in late July, Chen publicly supported her husband and stated she would solely subject one assertion on the subject.
Within the assertion, which she tweeted out, she stated, “Leslie is an effective man and a loving father, devoted husband and galvanizing company chief. He has all the time been a form, respectable and ethical human being. I absolutely help my husband and stand behind him and his assertion.”
A second New Yorker story by Ronan Farrow got here out on September 9. By then, Moonves was already deep into exit talks with CBS. The corporate confirmed his exit later that day.
Moonves denied the allegations and asserted that it was all a part of a “concerted effort” to take him down. On the day he left CBS, he stated “unfaithful allegations from many years in the past at the moment are being made in opposition to me that aren’t per who I’m.”
Moonves’ allies portrayed his beautiful departure as the results of a company battle between Moonves and CBS’s controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone.
But it surely was broadly considered on account of the harassment and assault allegations detailed in Farrow’s tales.
Chen took a while off from “The Speak” when Moonves’ departure was introduced. On the present, her fellow co-hosts reacted to the information. It appeared unlikely that she would return to the set, given the apparent pressure that will exist each time the hosts mentioned the #MeToo motion.
When Chen didn’t seem on Monday’s episode, hypothesis elevated about her exit.
Web page Six reported on Monday night that she was leaving the present, however stated “a date for her exit hasn’t been set but.”
By signing off by a videotaped message, Chen will sidestep any awkward conversations along with her longtime co-hosts.
The sources stated she made up her thoughts about leaving the speak present after spending time along with her household late final week.
Chen very publicly stood up for her husband by signing off from final Thursday’s “Massive Brother” by saying “I am Julie Chen Moonves.” Up to now, she had not used his final title.
CNNMoney (New York) First printed September 17, 2018: 9:56 PM ET