Julie Chen Skips Season Premiere of 'The Talk,' a Day After Husband, CBS Honcho Les Moonves, Resigns
In a statement to Inside Edition, Chen said she was taking a few days off to be with family.
Hours after CBS chief executive Les Moonves resigned, his wife Julie Chen was a no-show on the season premiere of "The Talk."
In a statement to Inside Edition, Chen, who also hosts the network's hit, "Big Brother," said she would return to the talk show soon.
“I am taking a few days off from 'The Talk' to be with my family,” Chen said in a statement. “I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on 'Big Brother.'”
Moonves, one of the most powerful media executives in America, stepped aside after a second article in The New Yorker chronicled new claims of assault and harassment. The first New Yorker piece, published in July, first brought allegations against Moonves to light.
When the original story was published, Chen vehemently defended her husband. "Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," she said in a statement. "He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being.
"I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement."
Chen has not commented on the most recent story, though Moonves denied the new allegations in a statement, saying: "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue."
Among the women accusing Moonves in the new article is former TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, who claims Moonves "expos[ed] himself to her and violently [threw] her against a wall" four decades ago.
Appearing on "Good Morning America" Monday alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, Golden-Gottlieb was asked why she didn't report the alleged assault earlier.
"I needed the job," she said. "I had two children that I was responsible for and I was frightened."
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