Ronan Farrow's investigation of sexual abuse allegations against Leslie Moonves may well result in the cessation of the chairman and CEO of CBS Corp., where he has been the lead decision-maker for two decades. The scandal is also potentially problematic for news personality Julie Chen, who is both married to Moonves and serves as the host of CBS '"The Talk" and "Big Brother".
So far, the wives of powerful men whose careers As a result of the #Metoo movement, most have been largely private and out of the limelight.
But the situation for Chen is a little different. As proof, Chen released a statement on Twitter on Friday night. "Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring business leader," she said. "He has always been a friendly, decent, and moral person, and I fully support my husband."
At CBS, some have already wondered what impact the Moonves allegations have on Chen. A CBS spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for additional comments.
Sources say that Chen's relationship, both as an employee and as a wife of Moonves, could make the coming days uncomfortable for her. She will be re-inducted on Monday as co-host of "The Talk". Many viewers will intervene to see how she reacts, what she has to say, and if she continues to be her husband, especially if more victims are reported or he is released.
"If Les resigns, what will happen to Julie?" Asked a source on another network who asked not to be identified. The terms of their contract are unknown.
Moonves and Chen have always been reticent as a couple, appearing only at major industry events such as the Golden Globes and the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. They often do not talk to each other in interviews.
They met in the 90s. At the time, Moonves was President and Chief Officer of CBS Television. Chen hosted "CBS This Morning" and "Big Brother," two programs he oversaw. They married in 2004 at a private ceremony in Mexico. She was 34 and he was 55 and had a difficult divorce. The date of their wedding had to be postponed because Moonves was still married during his engagement with his estranged wife Nancy.
This year, Nancy told the New York Daily News that she was not watching CBS. "I do not want to see [Chen]," she said. "It is not healthy for me or my children." She added, "I felt everyone knew what was going on and everyone knew it, but so did I."
Insiders have long whispered that Chen's relationship with Moonves was a conflict of interest as he made decisions about how to program her Shows met. In a cover story from Variety Barbara Walters struck her as she prepared to leave "The View."
"I do not think the success of their show softens us either and neither does I think the success or failure of 'The View' affects them," Walters said. "The only thing I'll say is, if you're married to the president of the network, you get more promos."