On Sunday, Moonves stepped down from the network as six more women had come forward with sexual harassment and abuse allegations. Before Monday’s broadcast of The Talk, Chen released a statement, saying, “I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family. I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother.” 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.
“From outside the Big Brother house with Brett, I’m Julie Chen-Moonves,” she said Chen as she closed the show. It was the first time that Chen had ended Big Brother with “Julie Chen-Moonves,” and people definitely noticed. Some shared their shock on Twitter:
the biggest blindside this episode was julie calling herself julie chen moonves #bb20
— Michael (@MichaelLGerm) September 14, 2018
— Ryan Moyer (@RyanMoyer10) September 14, 2018
While others supported Chen’s statement with tweets like:
“Julie Chen Moonves”
is Stand By Your Man personified
— BB Stan Page (@BHolcumb) September 14, 2018
Looks like Julie Chen MOONVES is unshakably standing by her man, for better or worse. I can’t place blame on her for what her husband may or may not have done. I have to wish her well no matter what. #bb20
— Chris Lair (@cwlair) September 14, 2018
she really threw that Julie Chen Moonves in there to let these hoes know what time it is. she’s a rider. #bb20
— Parker🐢 (@delon03) September 14, 2018
Some people were ready to cancel Chen, as they tweeted:
“I’m Julie Chen-Moonves.”
She really is proud to be married to a sexual abuser.
Julie girl, you are officially cancelled.
— Helena Gutierrez (@MyPhotoQuotes) September 14, 2018
Tonight, Julie Chen signed off Big Brother as Julie Chen Moonves, firmly standing w/her husband, a serial sexual assaulter who ruined careers. She is complicit.
Because of this, I will no longer put any of my clients on @TheTalkCBS.
Fellow publicists, I hope you stand with me.
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) September 14, 2018
Some even thought Chen’s statement might lead to her resignation or firing.
I think that Julie must want to be evicted from CBS with her statement tonight: “And I’m Julie Chen-Moonves, goodnight.” #BB20
— Amy (@Ammerk) September 14, 2018
Julie Chen-Moonves. Pretty much just confirmed this will be her last season of BB. #BB20
— #BB20 (@BBChilltown) September 14, 2018
“I’m Julie Chen Moonves” sounds a lot like “This is my two weeks notice.” #BB20
— Hamster Time (@FistyHT) September 14, 2018
Check out Stephen Colbert and James Corden discussing Les Moonves’s exit:
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