Julie Chen Moonves' fate as 'Big Brother' host revealed


Julie Chen Moonves will continue on as the host of "Big Brother."

The television personality's fate on CBS' long-running reality show was revealed on Tuesday, when the network announced its midseason schedule, which includes the upcoming second season of "Celebrity Big Brother." Chen will host the star-studded spinoff of regular "Big Brother," running from January 21 through February 13.

The confirmation that Chen Moonves will return to the show, which she's hosted since it began back in 2000 and helped to solidify her as a household name, follows two months of speculation as to whether or not she would continue in the role.

Back in September, the host's husband, Les Moonves, was pushed out of his role as chairman and CEO of CBS after more allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against him. The claims came two months after initial accusations were made public in July.

Chen famously exited "The Talk" in mid-September following a week-long absence from the show in the wake of Moonves' decision to step down. She explained her decision to leave the daytime talk show, which she had co-hosted since it premiered in 2010, in a tearful pre-taped video message.

"I have been at The Talk since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast, crew and staff have become family to me over the years. But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I’ve decided to leave The Talk," she said. "I want to thank everyone at the show for our wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. To everyone behind the scenes… I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much."

But, despite leaving "The Talk," Chen continued to fulfill her "Big Brother" hosting duties as the most recent season continued to air amid the scandal. After her husband left the network, Chen started signing off each live episode as Julie Chen Moonves and continued to do so throughout the rest of the season. She had never used her married name on-air before.

It was a clear signal that Chen was standing behind her husband, despite mounting allegations against him. When Moonves' alleged misconduct was first reported on by Ronan Farrow back in July, Chen addressed the controversy on "The Talk" at the time.

"Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days," she said. "I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter. And I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever."

The statement that she was alluding to read as follows, "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the mid-'90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years. Leslie is a good man and loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand by him."

Julie Chen and Les Moonves have been married since 2004 and share one son, Charlie, 9, together.