Les Moonves Julie Chen Dating Since 2000

February 4, 2012 by staff 

Les Moonves Julie Chen Dating Since 2000, Julie Suzanne Chen (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS. She has 16 years of newscasting experience. She is best known for co-anchoring CBS’ The Early Show, alongside Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez. She has been the host of the U.S. version of Big Brother since its debut in July 2000.

She is currently a co-host and the moderator of the CBS daytime series, The Talk, which features a panel of five hosts, discussing controversial maternal topics and contemporary issues. The Talk premiered on October 18, 2010.

Julie Chen was born in Queens, New York. Chen’s mother Wan Ling Chen grew up in Rangoon, Burma, where Chen’s grandfather was a leading industrialist. Her father was born in China and was one of the top leaders in the Kuomintang government of Chiang Kai-shek. Consequently, her family moved everywhere in China, eventually fleeing to Taiwan. Her two older sisters are Gladys and Victoria.

One of her earlier jobs came in June 1990, interning at CBS Morning News-the series which she would anchor a decade later-where she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. The following year, while still in school, she worked for ABC NewsOne for one season as a desk assistant. She was subsequently promoted to work as a producer for the next three years. The following year, she traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to work as a newsanchor for WDTN-TV, from 1995 to 1997.

From 1999 to 2002, Chen was the anchor of both early-morning shows, CBS Morning News & The Early Show, alongside Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson. From 2002-2010, she was a co-host for The Early Show on CBS, before leaving the daily position but remaining as a Special Contributing Anchor for the program. Before CBS News she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City.

Since 2000, she has also been the host of the American version of Big Brother. During the first season (2000), Chen was widely criticized in the media for her heavily scripted, wooden delivery in her interaction with the studio audience and in the interviews on the live programs, earning her the nickname “Chenbot.” She has indicated in two separate interviews, that she takes no personal offense to the term, adding that it may derive from her “precise on-air style” which comes from “a desire to be objective.” She again acknowledged the nickname while discussing mugs made in her likeness when she proudly proclaimed, “I am the Chenbot!” in a segment on the CBS Early Show.

After graduating from USC as a broadcasting and English major, Julie Chen became a news assistant for ABC News in L.A in September 1991. There, Julie Chen meet her future long time boyfriend, TV news editor Gary Donahue. In August 2000, Julie Chen became engaged to Gary Donahue, 28 years her senior. Julie Chen’s busy television career at CBS conflicted with Gary Donahue’s desire to settle down and retire so the couple eventually ended their engagement in 2001. Chen focused her time on her career anchoring for both CBS Morning News and The Early Show as well as hosting the popular Summer reality television series Big Brother. Leslie Moonves aka “Les” Moonves is the president and CEO of CBS Television. He began dating Big Brother host Julie Chen during his long separation from his estranged wife Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves. On April 22, 2003, a week after Les Moonves signed a five-year multimillion dollar contract with Viacom, his wife Nancy finally filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences according to her lawyer Dennis Wasser. Divorce proceedings were delayed for almost 2 years due to financial settlement disagreements. On December 10, 2004, Moonves got a court to grant an early divorce leaving spousal support and child support to be determined at a later date.

On Dec. 23, 2004, Julie Chen married Les Moonves in a private and small sunset ceremony with only 30 friends and family attending at a private home in Acapulco, Mexico. Chen wore an ivory gown designed by renowned Lebanese designer Reem Acra while Moonves wore an Armani suit. Following an old Chinese wedding tradition, Chen walked down the aisle with a coin in her shoe, to guarantee prosperity. Following the ceremony, the couple danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” as fireworks lit up the night sky. Later, Julie Chen with her Talk co-hosts revealed in a Sirius Satellite Radio interview by Howard Stern that she did indeed sign a prenup with Les Moonves and said it was a very generous one. Chen is currently the stepmother of Les’ three children: Adam, Michael, and Sara Moonves from his first marriage with Nancy. Chen announced in April 2009 that she was pregnant with her first child on The Early Show with her due date in October 2009. She revealed she wouldn’t be taking medical leave and would continue to present Big Brother during her pregnancy. On September 24, 2009, she gave birth to a boy named Charlie.

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