After CBS fired network chief Les Moonves because of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, his wife Julie Chen has decided to leave The Talk — a show she had co-hosted since its premiere almost a decade ago. Chen said goodbye to viewers and her co-hosts in a video message that featured her big smile and friendly demeanor. But, insiders are claiming that Chen is actually a “boss from hell.”
On a recent episode of his Straight Shuter Naughty But Nice podcast, Rob Shuter says that an insider told him that Chen’s “nice girl” reputation was a sham, and now that CBS has fired Moonves, she no longer had any protection.
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Shuter claimed that Moonves created The Talk specifically for his wife, and that made Chen “untouchable” since she was “married to the boss.” Chen could “get away with everything,” says the insider, and she was desperate for attention. If a guest happened to give another host more attention than her, Chen would allegedly put an end to it in her own way.
“Guests backstage were told by producers to focus on Julie — everybody has to pay attention to Julie and not Sharon Osbourne,” says the insider. “If they give Sharon too much attention, they won’t be asked back because Julie is the one who runs the show.”
Shuter’s source also claimed that Chen wasn’t shy about letting everyone know that she was sleeping with the man who signed their paychecks, and also shared a specific incident where Chen was furious when her script wasn’t ready.
Chen allegedly threatened the executive producer in charge of the segment and said that she had made calls to her husband because of the late script.
Moonves was the CEO of CBS for decades before they fired him on September 9th after 12 women claimed he had sexually harassed them. He did admit that he acted inappropriately towards women years ago, but he says he never forced anyone into sexual acts.
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Chen has shared a statement in support of Moonves. And in her video message on The Talk this week, she said she was leaving the show, so she could spend more time with her husband and young son. However, she did not mention Moonves by name.
Before they played the video, one of the show’s hosts said that Chen recorded it on the set of Big Brother, where she was working on this week’s episode. The reality show’s season finale is set to air later this month, and it isn’t yet clear if Chen will be returning next season.
As for The Talk, CBS said in a statement that they had “tremendous appreciation” for Chen’s dedication and passion for the show, as well as her role as an ambassador for CBS daytime. The network also said that they were grateful for Julie Chen’s other contributions, and they respect her decision while wishing her the best.