Big Brother host Julie Chen on Thursday evening made her first appearance on television since her husband, disgraced ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves, resigned from the network amid accusations of sexual misconduct from at least 12 women. And while Chen was happy to oversee the drama typical of the popular reality show, arguably the most interesting moment of the night came as Chen was signing off to end the episode.
“From outside the Big Brother house … I’m Julie Chen Moonves,” she said. “Goodnight.”
Julie Chen is standing by her husband. She signed off tonight’s @CBSBigBrother, for the first time ever I believe, with: “I’m Julie Chen Moonves.”
— TVMoJoe (@TVMoJoe) September 14, 2018
According to The Washington Post, Chen’s sign off appeared to mark the first time that Chen had referred to herself as Julie Chen Moonves on the show. Chen has hosted Big Brother since the show’s debut in 2000, and married Moonves in 2004. Chen drew immediate attention on social media for the name drop, which most people interpreted as a not-so-subtle signal of support for her embattled husband. And while some reacted with shock, or even positively, many others also interpreted the move as disrespectful to Moonves’ alleged victims.
“I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.” Wow, Julie casts shade on CBS with that simple line. #BB20
— John—Useless Traffic (@uselesstraffic) September 14, 2018
— Deanna Adams (@deannakya_) September 14, 2018
— tonya harding’s crispy bangs (@amdeeeeeee) September 14, 2018
Since the publication of two investigatory pieces in The New Yorker by reporter Ronan Farrow detailed allegations that Moonves sexually harassed and women at the media company — as well as professionally retaliating against those who refused his advances — Moonves has categorically denied allegations of abuse while also acknowledging having had sexual relationships with at least some of the reported victims.
For Chen, this is the second time she’s publicly stood by her husband. After the initial accusations against Moonves surfaced, Chen posted a statement on Twitter, saying, “I fully support my husband and stand behind him” in his denials of the allegations.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.