With “Big Brother 21” premiered on CBS on June 25, fans and network executives alike are buzzing over whether or not this will be Julie Chen’s last time hosting the show.
After Chen’s husband, Les Moonves, was ousted at CBS for sexual assault allegations, she strongly defended her decision to stand by him. While she decided to leave “The Talk” — a show where personal anecdotes and opinions on controversial topics are often shared — it is unlikely she will be fired from “Big Brother.” With her contract up at the end of this season, the real question is if the news anchor-turned-host will choose to leave on her own.
About four months later, CBS took away Les’s $120-million severance package. The board claimed in December that they had every right to let Les go, saying that he committed “willful and material misfeasance” and didn’t cooperate in the company’s investigation.
Just days after Les was fired, Julie Chen announced that she was departing from CBS’s The Talk. Back then, she cited wanting to spend more time with her family as the reason.
Deadline reports that while Julie Chen may be coming back this year, it’s not set in stone that she’ll return again. Her contract is good through season 21, but it’s still up in the air whether or not CBS will ask Julie to host beyond this summer’s series.