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Les Moonves’ Wife Julie Chen to Skip Season 9 Premiere of CBS’ ‘The Talk’ to ‘Be With My Family’

“I am taking a few days off,” co-host says in statement to TheWrap

Last Updated: September 10, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Julie Chen will not be appearing on today’s Season 9 premiere of “The Talk,” one day after her husband Les Moonves was ousted as CBS CEO following sexual misconduct accusations from a dozen women.

“I am taking a few days off from ‘The Talk’ to be with my family,” Chen said in a statement shared with TheWrap minutes before the show started on Monday. “I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on ‘Big Brother.'”

Click here to see how her co-hosts covered the Moonves news on Monday.

Back in July, after Ronan Farrow’s initial bombshell New Yorker story laying out various allegations against Moonves was published, Chen briefly discussed the news on “The Talk.”

“Some of you may be aware of what’s been going on in my life the past few days,” Chen said at the top of the July 30 episode. “I issued the one and only statement I will make on Twitter. I stand by that statement today, tomorrow, and forever.”

Moonves and Chen, who were married in 2004, have one son together. The accusations against Moonves generally predate their relationship.

Chen has been drawn into Moonves’ troubles since they first became public. She was most recently called out by comedian Kathy Griffin, who told off the CBS personality via Twitter Sunday night.

“F– you and your misogynistic husband,” Griffin direct messaged Chen, signing off, “Bye bitch.”

Griffin also believes Chen may have helped her husband attempt to bury Janet Jackson’s career following the singer’s infamous wardrobe malfunction on a CBS-broadcast Super Bowl, which has been written about.

Joe Ianniello, who has served as the company’s COO since 2013, will take over as CBS’ president and acting CEO while the board searches for a permanent successor. The chairman position will remain open pending the appointment of a permanent CEO.

An investigation by two different law firms into the various accusations against Moonves and other senior CBS officials is still underway, and any potential Moonves severance pay is pending the results. The company announced that $20 million of any severance would be donated to #MeToo-related organizations.

Moovnes joined CBS Corporation from Warner Bros. in 1995, when he was named president of CBS Entertainment. He became chairman in 2003 and was named CEO in 2006, following the split of CBS and Viacom.