Les Moonves' wife Julie Chen borrows the Camille Cosby playbook

An interesting to subplot to the drama at CBS and the firing/resignation of its president Les Moonves after more sexual misconduct allegations is how his wife, Julie Chen co-host of the CBS series The Talk and host of Big Brother would handle her on-air roles. After announcing that she'd be taking time off from her daily group talk show, she returned to the air tonight as the host of the long-running reality competition Big Brother. As the episode wrapped up, Chen said "...from outside the Big Brother House with Brent, I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.”

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It is believed to be the first time Chen has used her married name on the show she's hosted since 2000. When allegations of Moonves' misconduct first surfaced, Chen released a statement saying, "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years. Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.” The most recent allegations revealed in yet another blockbuster by Ronan Farrow include Moonves attempting to buy the silence of a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct by offering her a job at the network.

The backlash to Chen's signoff was swift. Publicist Danny Deraney, whose clients include Illeana Douglas (one of Moonves' victims), Roseanna Arquette, and Laura Benanti said he would no longer book any of his clients on The Talk.

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
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There hasn't been any reaction from CBS or Big Brother producers to Chen's signoff. Her next live appearance on Big Brother is Sunday night.

Julie Chen Supports Les Moonves on Big Brother Amid Sexual Assault Allegations [Andy Swift/TVLine][PHOTO: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons] (CC BY 3.0)