The Chenbot isn’t going anywhere!
Julie Chen will be returning to host the new season of “Celebrity Big Brother”, ending months of speculation that her longtime hosting gig could be coming to an end after the resignation of husband Les Moonves as CBS chairman in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
The news comes buried in a CBS press release announcing the network’s upcoming midseason reality lineup, proclaiming that “Julie Chen Moonves returns as host.” (The “Big Brother” host raised eyebrows when she began identifying herself as “Julie Chen Moonves” after years of going by Julie Chen, seen to be a clear signal of support for her embattled spouse.)
The announcement quells speculation that the 48-year-old TV host would exit “Big Brother” after leaving “The Talk”, issuing a video statement to viewers to reveal she would not be returning to the daytime chat show she co-hosted since its launch in 2010.
“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,” she said in the video. “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’.”
When Chen decided to step down from “The Talk”, CBS issued a statement supporting her decision. “For eight seasons, Julie Chen has co-hosted ‘The Talk’ with incredible energy, grace and professionalism,” declared a network press release. “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.”