Julie Chen still has to speak publicly about her husband after his resignation as CEO of CBS Corporation, but on Monday his silence said it all.
The presenter and creator of the popular program during the day The Talk did not show up at the premiere of the season, and did not say when he planned to return to the program in a statement.
"I'll take a few days off from The Talk to be with my family, I'll be back soon and I'll see you Thursday night at Big Brother," Chen said in a statement.
That move came a few days after a CBS source told DailyMail.com that Chen withdrew from affiliate interviews to promote the new season of the show.
The program did not choose to have a guest to replace Chen at the premiere of season nine, and it was Sharon Osbourne who was in charge of talking about the controversy.
All women influenced the news, with Sheryl Underwood at one point calling the accusations against Moonves & # 39; a blessing from God & # 39;.
Absent: Julie Chen did not appear in The Talk for the premiere of the season on Monday, a day after her husband was forced to resign as CEO
The same lineup: the show did not choose to have a guest to replace Chen at the premiere of season nine (left to: Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Eve)
"Julie Chen, I know she's very strong, a tough woman," Underwood said.
"But I think this is a blessing from God to be released from secrets and rid of lies and that now is the time for everyone to look within themselves and become better people and treat people the way they are. that should be treated. "
She added: "And women should not feel they have to carry secrets and burdens and lives destroyed."
However, Osbourne began the discussion by praising Chen, while expressing concern that The Talk did not survive as a result of this movement,
"First of all, I want to say that, any time I've had difficulties over the last eight years, Julie has always been there to help me, she's been a friend, she's someone I admire and respect a lot," Osbourne said. who seemed to be on the verge of tears.
"And it's very embarrassing and annoying to have to talk about her husband, but we do it." We believe that it is fine.
She continued: "I personally knew Les Moonves in a superficial way, nothing more. I do not know anything about the man, other than that he was Julie's husband and he was the head of the biggest network in the world. And the most powerful man in T.V. & # 39;
Osbourne then turned to a previous statement he made in July showing support for Moonves, who soon backed off and removed his social networks.
"A couple of months ago I was asked to make a statement of support for Leslie, which I felt was as diplomatic as possible with the statement I made, but now that seven more women came out, the stories are very similar, the pattern is so similar which, for me, is … he has not been convicted of any crime, but obviously the man has a problem, "Osbourne said.
Her comments turned to what the future might mean for her and the other hosts.
"When a new regime enters a company, we all know that they clean up – everyone here on CBS is nervous about their jobs," Osbourne said.
Yes, the ladies of this table will continue and we will probably find another show if our program, by God, is not taken away, we will always find another job and nobody is, you know, in that position yet. & # 39;
She added: "It's only historically when someone new comes in, things change, I care about the producers, I care about the crew, I care how Mr. Moonves would say, the little people and that's what matters to me."
Speaking: Sharon Osbourne replaced Chen at the table, and said of Moonves: "Obviously the man has a problem & # 39;
The time is not over: Moonves will not leave CBS despite having been forced to resign as CEO, and instead will advise the company for two years (Moonves up in 2017)
Sara Gilbert then spoke, and changed the focus of the conversation to the women who filed complaints.
"I agree Julie is our friend This is our ninth season and we've been together since the beginning I love her I always support her You know," Gilbert began.
"However, this is an important moment in our culture and simply because it comes close to home, this story does not change, all the stories of women matter and these stories of women matter."
That line received a strong round of applause from the audience.
You know, this is very serious and the appropriate actions must be carried out. Therefore, I am happy when women are heard because they have not been heard for a long time, "he continued.
Eve echoed these thoughts and said that she was waiting for the time when women did not have to deal with these behaviors in the workplace.
Not to mention: all the hosts praised Chen for being a good friend
Underwood closed things, saying: "This is someone we see every day, he was also Mr. Moonves for me. I never called him by his first name because he was the boss.
"But today we have to understand that women put this into practice and then you wonder why I can not get a job, and why these things can not happen, today we say enough is enough, and today we say we believe you. We continue with your life and openly someone will ask for your forgiveness and someone will say: "I need to be a better person because God opened his eyes today".
She closed saying: "Make things better with your life and never come back to this day".
Moonves may have been forced to resign as CEO of CBS Corporation, but he will not leave the company despite accusations of sexual assault committed by 13 women.
A presentation presented by CBS to the US Securities and Exchange Committee obtained by DailyMail.com on Monday revealed that Moonves would stay for up to two years to help advise the company in order to ensure a smooth transition.
That presentation also revealed that in his position Moonves would receive his own office and a security detail, paid for by CBS.
CBS will also place $ 120 million in a trust that will be awarded to Moonves pending the outcome of two investigations into these allegations.
And the $ 20 million that Moonves allegedly donated to several #MeToo charities is actually coming out of the pocket of CBS Corporation.
– Sir. Moonves agreed to perform transitional advisory services for the Company for one year after his resignation (or, if prior, until the date on which the Board determines that the Company has the right to terminate his employment for cause) in order to provide smooth transition of your duties, & # 39; reads the presentation.
"In order to facilitate such transition services, the Company will provide Mr. Moonves with office services and security services for up to two years after his resignation."
The presentation also reviews Moonves' compensation package, though it does not go into detail about how it might be affected by the investigations, other than whether it is authorized to receive the full amount owed to it under its contract.
"Within thirty (30) days after the Completion Date, the Company will also contribute $ 120,000,000 to a granting trust," he says.
"In the event that the Board determines that the Company has the right to terminate Mr. Moonves's employment for just cause under his contract of employment and Mr. Moonves does not require arbitration with respect to such determination, the assets of the trust of grantor will be distributed to the Company and the Company will have no further obligations to Mr. Moonves & # 39;
Just before that, the company reveals that they will cover the charitable donation.
Within thirty (30) days after the Completion Date, the Company will make contributions for a total amount of $ 20,000,000 to one or more charitable organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace, organizations that have been designated by Mr. Moonves in consultation with the Company ", declares the presentation.
That line seems to contradict the statement made a day earlier by the company in a press release.
"Moonves and CBS will donate $ 20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace," the statement said.
"The donation, which will be made immediately, has been deducted from the severance benefits that may be due to Moonves after the ongoing independent investigation conducted by Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton."