Julie Chen ‘ex­cited’ to re­turn to Big Brother af­ter hus­band Les Moonves’ CBS ouster

Times Colonist - - Arts -

Julie Chen is get­ting back to work.

The TV host shared a picture of her­self look­ing happy as can be on the set of Big Brother: Celebrity Edi­tion, which airs on CBS, the net­work her hus­band, Les Moonves, was ousted from in the wake of sex­ual-mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions.

“So ex­cited to be back on this stage,” Chen cap­tioned the In­sta­gram post Thurs­day. “Who else is ready for the sec­ond sea­son of #BBCeleb?! Dou­ble Tap if you’re count­ing down to the pre­mière on Mon­day, Jan. 21!”

Chen, 49, was fa­mously sup­port­ive of Moonves, 69, when he re­signed from CBS in early Septem­ber over mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct and in­tim­i­da­tion. In a show of sol­i­dar­ity days af­ter his exit, Chen ended an episode of Big Brother by say­ing, “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good night.”

CBS an­nounced in Novem­ber that Chen would re­turn to host the re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion, but the same could not be said for day­time show The Talk.

Af­ter tak­ing a leave of ab­sence from Talk, which she had hosted since its 2009 in­cep­tion, Chen an­nounced in mid-Septem­ber that she would be quit­ting the show. Danc­ing With the Stars judge Car­rie Ann In­aba of­fi­cially re­placed Chen last week as the new co-host, along­side Eve, Sara Gil­bert, Sharon Os­bourne and Sh­eryl Un­der­wood.

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