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“Big Brother” host Juile Chen ended Thursday night’s show with a nod to her husband, ousted CBS head Les Moonves.
“From outside the Big Brother house … I’m Julie Chen Moonves,” she said, a departure from her usual sign-off. She had never used her husband’s last name on the CBS reality show before.
The network announced Sunday that CEO and Chairman Moonves was stepping down amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Chen did not address the news during the episode.
Earlier this week, Chen said in a statement she was taking a few days off to be with family. She took a brief break from “The Talk,” a CBS show she co-hosts.
Many on Twitter noticed Chen’s subtle support for her husband. One person joked it was “the biggest twist” of the season.
Julie Chen signing off #bb20 with “Julie Chen Moonves” is the biggest twist this season
— Victoria Jane (@vickreez) September 14, 2018
the biggest blindside this episode was julie calling herself julie chen moonves #bb20
— Michael (@MichaelLGerm) September 14, 2018
Others called Chen out.
“I think that is a disgrace to her husband’s victims,” wrote one Twitter user.
so Julie Chen decided to use her full name tonight when she never has before. I think that is a disgrace to her husband’s victims.
— Gi JOOOEEEE (@GI_Joe515) September 14, 2018
Chen has remained relatively quiet regarding allegations made against Moonves. In July, she posted a brief statement on Twitter, following The New Yorker’s first report alleging Moonves harassed several women with unwanted kissing and touching and contributed to a toxic workplace culture at the network.
“Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader,” she wrote. “He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement.”
She echoed her Twitter statement in an episode of “The Talk” on July 30.
The New Yorker published a second report about Moonves on Sunday, describing additional accusations against him brought by six other women.
Moonves has denied any wrongdoing. In response to the New Yorker report Sunday, Moonves said he never used his position “to hinder the advancement or careers of women” and called the allegations untrue.
Antonia Blumberg contributed to this report.