Julie Chen Moonves returning to CBS to host ‘Big Brother’ after husband was ousted for sexual misconduct
ulie Suzanne Chen also known as Julie Chen-Moonves (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS.She has been the host of the U.S. version of the CBS reality-television program Big Brother since its debut in July 2000 and is the longest-serving host of any country’s version of the show. She was a co-host and the moderator of the CBS daytime show The Talk for eight seasons.Previously, she was a co-anchor of The Early Show on CBS.
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Julie Chen was born in Queens, New York City. Her grandfather, Lou Gaw Tong, grew up “dirt poor” in the rural village of Penglai in the Fujian province of China, but became wealthy through a chain of grocery stores and ultimately became a polygamist with nine wives and 11 children. Julie has two older sisters, Gladys and Victoria.
Chen attended junior high school in the Whitestone area of Queens. Chen went on to graduate from St. Francis Preparatory School in 1987. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1991, majoring in broadcast journalism and English.
One of her earlier jobs came in June 1990, interning at CBS Morning News alongside Andy Cohen – the series which she would anchor a decade later – where she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. The following year, while still in school, she worked for ABC NewsOne for one season as a desk assistant. She was subsequently promoted to work as a producer for the next three years. The following year, she traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to work as a news anchor for WDTN-TV, from 1995 to 1997.During her time in Dayton, Chen underwent blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure to make her eyes appear larger.
From 1999 to 2002, Chen was the anchor of CBS Morning News and news anchor of CBS This Morning and later The Early Show, alongside Bryant Gumbel, Jane Clayson, Hannah Storm, Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, Erica Hill, and Rene Syler. From 2002 to 2010, she was a co-host of The Early Show on CBS, before leaving the daily position but remaining as a special contributing anchor of the program until its cancelation. Before CBS News, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City.
According to a press release announcing a slew of returning midseason programming for the network, Chen Moonves was confirmed as the host of “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” Season 2. A spinoff to the long-running reality series, which puts contestants in a house outfitted with cameras, the celebrity version will air multiple nights for three weeks until the stars whittle themselves down to one winner.
While a second season of “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” seemed inevitable, there was a lot of confusion about longtime host Chen Moonves’ involvement. She previously left her role at “The Talk” in September after at least 12 women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Leslie. After her husband was booted from his high-powered position, Chen Moonves followed suit in what seemed to be an act of solidarity.
“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 have decided to leave ‘The Talk,’” Chen Moonves said in a pre-taped announcement at the time.
“Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” is set to return in January.