Julie Chen (Kind Of) Addresses Les Moonves Scandal on The Talk
For a co-host of The Talk, Julie Chen does not have very much to say.
On Monday afternoon, viewers tuned in to this lame program in order to see what the long-time anchor would say about husband Leslie Moonves.
Moonves, of course, is the embattled CBS CEO who is accused of sexually harassing and abusing a minimum of six years during his tenure in the entertainment business.
In a damning story by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker, Moonves is painted as a Hollywood executive who abused his power on multiple occasions over the years.
For example, Emmy-nominated actress Illeana Douglas, likely best known for her role on Six Feet Under, told Farrow that Moonves once forcibly kissed her and pushed her onto a sofa.
She eventually exited the awkward situation, but was then punished by the network for not going along with Moonves' gross behavior.
She is one of a multitude of women who relay similar stories to the aforementioned publication.
In response to these allegations, Moonves has flat out admitted to making women feel uncomfortable over the years, but denied ever pressuring them to do anything against their will.
Chen, meanwhile, said the following on the day these accusations came to light:
I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years.
Leslie is a good man and a 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 behind him and his statement.
She had to address the topic to open the latest episode of The Talk, though, right?
Yes. And she did. Sort of.
"Some of you may be aware of what’s going on in my life the past few days," Chen said, adding:
"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."
Oh, so that's it? Really?!?
This is a topic that goes far beyond Moonves, of course, as countless Hollywood stars and higher-ups have been accused of similar crimes and actions.
CBS is in the middle of investigations the allegations against Moonves and we can't imagine there's any way he keeps his job.
Check out Chen's lame response to the scandal here.