Les Moonves is no stranger at the Emmys, but he is skipping out on this year’s even because CBS is giving him the cold shoulder. The former CBS head has worked on 18 Emmy nominated shows, but the network wants nothing to do with him following his sexual harassment scandal.
Inside sources claim that CBS did not send Moonves an invitation to the Emmys as the former network honcho deals with sexual misconduct allegations. All of the major networks receive an allotment of tickets that they distribute to guests. With Moonves dealing with the sexual harassment fallout, it’s safe to say he will not be at the ceremony.
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While Moonves was shunned from the award ceremony, sources claim that he does not care and has not attended one in years.
According to TMZ, 12 women recently came forward and accused Moonves of sexual misconduct. Sources say that CBS did not fire Moonves after they learned about the accusations, but they did force him to leave the company.
Although Moonves will not be in attendance, five shows from the network are up for Emmy consideration this year. That includes: The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Bruno Mars: Live 24k Magic at the Apollo.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 12, 2018
Apart from Moonves, there is a good chance that his wife, Julie Chen, will not be attending the Emmys either. Chen, who works on CBS’s The Talk, recently took some time off the show to spend time with family. Chen assured fans that she will return to The Talk in the near future.
She also appeared on Big Brother last week and the ended the installment by saying, “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good Night.” The move was a clear declaration of support for her disgraced husband.
CBS has not commented on Les Moonves’ firing or the rumors surrounding the upcoming Emmys.