Despite having achieved considerable success on her own terms, Julie Chen Moonves was adamant about giving up her given name to show support for her husband. Shortly after her husband, Leslie Moonves retired as CEO of CBS Corporation in 2018, she shocked the Big Brother audience by concluding the Sept. 13 show with her married name.
Chen Moonves recalled making the adjustment on the spot while the show was in progress.
Chen Moonves told Deadline, “I made the modification on the fly on a live program in the heat of the moment.” “Nobody was informed by me. My heart was pounding as I considered whether or not to do it since I was merely toying with the idea. It simply turned into a moment.”
Even Chen Moonves’ husband was taken aback by her quick exit from Big Brother on TV because Chen Moonves had been using her maiden name since the show’s inception in 2000. I believe he was simply asking, “What happened?” she recalled. “Because I believed it might be perceived as an unfair benefit, I decided not to take the name when I married my husband.
It was a strong, well-known name to have. And even before I met him, I had built my own career. I, therefore, desired to maintain that. I decided that now was the time to declare my position and make myself known to the world while his reputation was being dragged through the mud. It was also an indication of support for my husband. He is someone I am acquainted with. He is a decent man, too.”
The Black alliance that led to Xavier Prather becoming Big Brother’s first Black champion and the show’s future were other topics Chen Moonves covered in her exclusive interview with Deadline on July 6. After Prather’s victory in the previous season, Chen Moonves claimed she got criticism “all directions.
Congratulations, this is historic, I heard someone say. It was said, “This is racist.” What a person wants to see is what they see. But in the end, the good guy triumphed. Xavier had everything necessary to triumph. He prevailed in conflicts, was a master of secrecy, and kept the peace “She gave details.
It was amazing, it was long overdue, and it was incredible, said Chen Moonves. “The outcome made me delighted, though. I am aware of how absurd and ridiculously ludicrous the show can be. However, a season that completely changes the game appears out of nowhere. It made me feel extremely good and gave me a lot of optimism.”
“Because we could see that not everyone got along or agreed with how the game was being played at the Cookout, it gave me hope. There were moments when individuals weren’t quite devoted to the Cookout.
They tried starting their own business. They paid for that later on. People who might not have agreed with one another in terms of gaming or personality came together for the greater good because they understood that they had to. They excelled under pressure. That was a remarkable achievement.”
The host of a reality television show indicated that the epidemic is still having an impact on CBS and that the program decided last-minute not to resume airing to live audiences. Later in the season, Chen Moonves promised, “We’re going to give it another shot.”
Additionally, the television personality admitted that she had pushed for a Big Brother season that had all of the victors “returning to the first season when the rules were drastically different and contestants were eliminated by popular vote. I’m not sure if all of these previous champions can devote an entire month of their time because many of them are now parents “said Chen Moonves.
“However, I do believe that if we made it more like a celebrity edition, where it would feature prior champions for three weeks, that may be appropriate for the winter. Although we almost have too many people, I believe everyone would be interested. We experience 24 seasons. It might come in almost two different forms.” On July 6, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS, a new season of Big Brother 24 will begin.