Les Moonves Resigns From CBS, Star Trek Merger Up in Air

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Chen had previously released a statement to ET Canada announcing her absence, adding "I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on "Big Brother".

Sharon Osbourne opened The Talk on Monday by saying, "It's a bittersweet day", marking Season 9 in the immediate wake of the disruption in Chen's life.

The advocacy group Times Up said in a statement on Sunday afternoon, "We will accept nothing less than full transparency of the investigation's findings, a commitment to real change across all levels of CBS management and no reward for Les Moonves".

'Right after he appeared naked, he came running into my office and did this whole thing about that I didn't send a memo to any anybody and then he picked me up and threw me against the wall.

New co-host Eve reiterated her support for Chen, adding that she's "praying for her and praying for her family".

"Whatever times I've had of hardship over the last eight years, Julie has always been there for me", said Osbourne. She's been a friend.

She said they will continue to work with CBS in the interim. "It's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie's] husband, but... we feel it's right", said Osbourne, who noted that she herself only knew the TV titan "in a superficial way". It was, 'Hello, how are you?' Nothing more.

O'Donnell said that Moonves had always treated her "fairly and with respect".

With Sunday's story, which included new accusations of Moonves retaliating against his accusers, "there was just too much pressure on the board and they had to act", BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield said Monday in an interview on Cheddar. "All women's stories matter and these women's stories matter. I am happy when women are heard because for a long time, they haven't been".

CBS Corp (CBS.N) said on Monday it will pay $120 million to former Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves if an internal investigation into allegations of harassment fails to provide grounds for his dismissal.

"I was asked a couple of months ago to make a statement supporting [Moonves], which I felt I was as diplomatic as I could be with the statement that I made", she said.

According to a statement from the company, Moonves and CBS will also "donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace".

Leslie "Les" Moonves stepped down as CEO of CBS amid sexual harassment allegations from various women.

In August, CBS hired two law firms to investigate allegations of sexual assault and unwanted advances following a New Yorker report that featured claims against Moonves from six women spanning different periods over two decades, from 1985 to 2006. He wrote that "six additional women have accused the television executive of sexual misconduct, as the board of the CBS Corporation weighs the terms of his departure".

"Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life for the past few days", Chen said while opening the show.

The statement Chen was referring to read, "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years".

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