Julie Chen Bids Emotional Farewell to The Talk: ‘I Need to Spend More Time at Home’

As first reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter, Julie Chen did indeed announce her departure from the CBS roundtable show The Talk on Tuesday. In a two-minute video played at the end of the broadcast, Chen made one brief reference to her husband, Les Moonves — who was ousted last week as CBS chief as he faces a host of sexual harassment allegations. “I have been at the The Talk since the day it started nine years ago and the cast, crew and staff have become family over the years,” Chen said. “Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I have decided to leave The Talk.” Chen’s voice cracked at one point during the address when she said goodbye to her staff. “To everyone behind the scenes, I send you my love, and I will miss you all Continue reading "Julie Chen Bids Emotional Farewell to The Talk: ‘I Need to Spend More Time at Home’"

Julie Chen Reportedly Leaving The Talk Amid Les Moonves Misconduct Allegations

A new report indicates that Julie Chen is about to walk away from her co-hosting gig on The Talk in light of the allegations against her husband, recently-ousted CBS chief Les Moonves. According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Chen will deliver a video message tomorrow to confirm her departure from CBS’s midday roundtable show. “She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband’s name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son,” a source told CNN. Chen’s absence from The Talk has been noteworthy in the last few days since Moonves, her husband, was recently ousted as chief of CBS amid roughly a dozen sexual harassment accusations. Chen has Continue reading "Julie Chen Reportedly Leaving The Talk Amid Les Moonves Misconduct Allegations"

Julie Chen Closes Out Latest Big Brother by Saying ‘I’m Julie Chen Moonves, Goodnight’

Hosting tonight’s Big Brother, Julie Chen closed out with a pretty subtle statement about her husband, Les Moonves. Moonves was the CEO of CBS until this week, when he was fired following a second New Yorker report containing some serious allegations of sexual misconduct. Moonves’ departure was followed by the firing of 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager after he sent a disturbing text to a CBS News correspondent reaching out to him for comment. Chen is still at CBS as co-host of The Talk and host of Big Brother, and tonight was her first appearance on the network since his firing. And at the end of tonight’s Big Brother, this was her sign-off:
“I’m Julie Chen Moonves, goodnight.”
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WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal

Amid the ouster, this week, of CBS chief Les Moonves and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager — both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct — heralded reporter Bob Woodward addressed the network’s turmoil during on appearance on its morning show. “CBS has gone through a scandal,” Woodward said. “Let’s call it what it is.” Yet the Watergate crusader expressed optimism that the network would be back on its feet soon. He singled out 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl among others at CBS whom he admires. “Are you trying to say, Bob, we’ll be okay at CBS?” Gayle King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?” “Thats exactly right,” he replied. “Because you’ve got strength. People go through tough times.” The journalist added, “You are going to be fine if you stick with your values.” “I really appreciate you saying this,” King said. “It’s Continue reading "WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal"

WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal

Amid the ouster, this week, of CBS chief Les Moonves and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager — both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct — heralded reporter Bob Woodward addressed the network’s turmoil during on appearance on its morning show. “CBS has gone through a scandal,” Woodward said. “Let’s call it what it is.” Yet the Watergate crusader expressed optimism that the network would be back on its feet soon. He singled out 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl among others at CBS whom he admires. “Are you trying to say, Bob, we’ll be okay at CBS?” Gayle King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?” “Thats exactly right,” he replied. “Because you’ve got strength. People go through tough times.” The journalist added, “You are going to be fine if you stick with your values.” “I really appreciate you saying this,” King said. “It’s Continue reading "WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal"

CBS Evening News Anchor Jeff Glor Calls Jeff Fager’s Text to Reporter ‘Unacceptable’

On Wednesday, CBS News fired Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes. CBS Evening News addressed his firing in a report that included a show of support from anchor Jeff Glor. Fager, who has been embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, claimed that his contract was terminated early because he sent a text message to a reporter asking that she be fair in reporting and his “language was harsh.” That reporter was Jericka Duncan, who reported on the texts during CBS Evening News tonight and noted that she had reached out to Fager for comment on the articles alleging he groped or touched CBS employees at company parties, resulting in the exchange. Fager warned her to “be careful” in her reporting and said people have “lost their jobs trying to harm me.” Responding to the report, Glor called the text message Fager sent “unacceptable.” Continue reading "CBS Evening News Anchor Jeff Glor Calls Jeff Fager’s Text to Reporter ‘Unacceptable’"

BREAKING: 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out at CBS News Amid Misconduct Allegations

CBS News president David Rhodes just sent out a statement announcing 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving the network “effective immediately.” The news comes days after CBS CEO Les Moonves stepped down from the network amid an increasing number of sexual misconduct accusations, as revealed in a new report by Ronan Farrow. Fager was also under scrutiny, having been hit in The New Yorker with allegations of inappropriately touching women and creating a sexist work environment. In Rhodes’ memo, he said “Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program.” He also insisted that Fager’s departure “is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every
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