"Big Brother" viewers were blindsided by Chen's support of her disgraced husband Les Moonves.
Viewers were thrown when Chen closed the show by using her full-married name, Julie Chen Moonves, clearly showing support for her husband Les Moonves, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.
This was the first time Chen used her full married name in the history of the show -- she's been playing host to "Big Brother" for 18 years.
"From outside the 'Big Brother' house...I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight," the CBS star said.
Fans took to Twitter to react to the loaded sign-off, writing that Chen had "snapped" and that they were completely "blindsided."
"Julie girl, you are officially canceled," a user said.
"That was so messy and insulting to his victims, go and stay gone Julie," another wrote.
"Just so you know, my stomach dropped faster than the Tower of Terror when Julie said 'I'm Julie Chen Moonves, good night,' said one tweet. "And I'm sure that clip will be played ad nauseam and I can only imagine how his victims will feel to see that. How disgusting and how sad."
Although short, Chen's sign off indicated she is standing by her husband, despite the many allegations against him. Moonves has been a CBS boss since 1995. He stepped down as CEO last week. However, he continues to deny all claims of harassment and abuse.
The fallout began when journalist Ronan Farrow wrote an article in The New Yorker back in July 2018. In the story, six women claimed that Moonves had either harassed, intimidated, or abused them while at CBS. The network subsequently investigated the executive. Then, earlier this month, six more women came out to accuse Moonves.
Chen, who has been married to Moonves for over a decade, is also a host on CBS' "The Talk," and has been absent from the show since Moonves' resignation.
Read the savage tweets below. Be warned: people were not happy.
“I’m Julie Chen Moonves...goodnight.”— Don’t Upset Mutha 👑 (@SayChanteChante) September 14, 2018
Just so you know, my stomach dropped faster than the Tower of Terror when Julie said "I'm Julie Chen Moonves, good night." and I'm sure that clip will be played ad nauseam and I can only imagine how his victims will feel to see that. How disgusting and how sad. #BB20— Rob (@RealityRobbed) September 14, 2018
When Julie Chen Moonves is tired of you hoes https://t.co/FRTIh6wy4M— Ira (@ira) September 14, 2018
the biggest blindside this episode was julie calling herself julie chen moonves #bb20— Michael (@MichaelLGerm) September 14, 2018
I feel like Julie threw everyone a big fuck you with her sign off of:— Dickie Chen-Moonves (@EvelDick) September 14, 2018
This is Julie Chen-"Moonves" (something she has never done before)
She said so much by saying so little.
I really think Julie is gone after this season of #BB20
Julie Chen signing off as Julie Chen Moonves is like doubling down in blackjack when your two cards are a deuce and the Official Rules— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) September 14, 2018
TRIPLE EVICTION tonight on Big Brother. Haleigh, Brett, and then Julie Chen Moonves #bb20— Autumn Co ✨ (@BB_Gossiper) September 14, 2018
Julie: “I’m Julie Chen Moonves, goodnight”— Alyssa Croezen (@alyssacroezen) September 14, 2018
Tonight, Julie Chen signed off Big Brother as Julie Chen Moonves, firmly standing w/her husband, a serial sexual assaulter who ruined careers. She is complicit.— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) September 14, 2018
Because of this, I will no longer put any of my clients on @TheTalkCBS.
Fellow publicists, I hope you stand with me.
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