When it comes to the “Big Brother” host, you want to expect the expected. In a recent poll, 74 percent of our readers are ectastic that Julie Chen Moonves will return to host “Celebrity Big Brother” in January. “I’m very happy,” wrote user ssilva872.
Chen Moonves’ future with the “Big Brother” franchise was unclear in the wake of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against her husband Les Moonves. Chen Moonves left “The Talk” in September shortly after Moonves stepped down as chairman and CEO of CBS, but she kept mum about her “Big Brother” status. CNN reported at the time that she was expected to remain as host.
Chen Moonves, who started to use her married name in support of her husband on the live “Big Brother 20” episodes in September, has hosted every season of “Big Brother” since is 2000 debut, so it would’ve been a huge change if she had left. The Chenbot is so closely associated with the show that barely anyone remembers that she had a co-host in the first season, Ian O’Malley, who was the Brian Dunkleman to her Ryan Seacrest.
But the remaining 26 percent feel that she should’ve cut ties with CBS completely. Chen Moonves continues to stand by her husband, who faced a new allegation this week. To be fair, it would’ve been more difficult for her to stay on “The Talk,” which discusses current issues, than “Big Brother,” a taped and live reality show in which contestants are cut off from the world.
The mothership “Big Brother” series hasn’t been renewed for a 21st season yet, but it’s probably safe to assume Chen Moonves would return for that as well. “Celebrity Big Brother,” which was picked up for a second season before Moonves’ scandal broke, premieres Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c on CBS.