NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Longtime CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves resigned Sunday night, hours after a new article came out detailing new sexual misconduct and assault allegations against him.

On Monday, his wife and host of “The Talk,” Julie Chen, was absent from the show’s season premiere, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported.

“I’ve never been nervous in my life, but I’m kind of very nervous right now,” Sharon Osbourne said.

Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend the CBS Upfront at The Plaza on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Season 9 of “The Talk” kicked off without the co-host and moderator, who released a statement saying, “I am taking a few days off from the talk to be with my family. I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on ‘Big Brother.'”

The show’s other co-hosts were clearly uncomfortable, but said they had to talk about the issue.

“Just because this hits close to home it doesn’t change this story. All women’s stories matter,” Sara Gilbert explained.

“He’s not been convicted of any crime, but, obviously, the man has a problem,” Osbourne added.

“Today we say enough is enough,” Sheryl Underwood said.

Moonves released a statement Sunday night addressing the latest allegations published in The New Yorker.

“Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am,” Moonves said. “I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company.”

The CBS board has said it takes those claims very seriously and hired two law firms to investigate. Moonves will not receive any severance benefits at this time, and any payments to be made in the future will depend upon the results of the independent investigation.

Comments (32)
  1. Dean Cook says:

    Interesting when things come home to roust for liberal hypocrites.

  2. I have not watched ANYTHING on CBS or any of the other so called mainstream, LIBTARD networks in over a decade. I don’t give a damn! I did not even know that this was a show on TV. This is all just so more useless noise and fluff from the leftards. These people are nothing more than lying, disgusting and degenerate hypocrites!

  3. Jeff Smith says:

    All women’s stories matter? Did anyone in the media say that when Bill Clinton was the accused?

  4. Oh my! how will they survive on the last 100 mil he gets to Vamos from CBS.
    #metoo is taking ’em down left/right/rich/poor but in the words of the movie Airplane
    “She was asking for it, they’re all asking for it”

  5. This whole thing was started in an attempt to “Get Trump” and it has backfired on them spectacularly. The Teflon Don strikes again. Old Les got grabbed by the …..

    1. Robin Bullock says:

      If Hillary Clinton had won the election, Harvey Weinstein would still be abusing women, and the #MeToo movement would not exit.

  6. How is it that NO ONE connected with these “news” sites considers the MAN’s story to matter? And they’ll probably label ME sexist for my simple question.

    1. I agree with you. I am a woman and I say He has not been convicted of anything as yet! Innocent until proven guilty! Not the other way around!

      1. I’m a woman too and this is getting out of control. Unless Moonves is on video or voice recording I don’t believe any of it.

  7. I was on to Moonves years ago. All network tv was sliding into the ravine, but CBS was crowing that it was # 1 with junk like CSI, unwatchable crap. First he marries a cbs news woman, then plants her on an afternoon show that is in deliberate contrast to ABC’s the View. With out of fashion old ladies sticking up for the chauvinism of yore. I didn’t think it was a good idea for a CEO to marry an employee, then put her on her own non-news tv show. The move undercut CBS News, not that CBS itself had been undermining its news face already for some time. When the war broke out with Shari Redstone and her father Sumner, I was immediately on the Redstone side. Because I’d been against Moonves since he turned the former Tiffany Network into a pile of ash. Which didn’t prevent Moonves from prancing around as if he were king of the hill as the Big Three lost audience. Congress wrecked the then three networks when it forced cable to pay reparations for stealing away network tv audiences. Cable and satellite viewers are paying something close to $18 billion for using Big Four network programs this year, a piece of legislation that effectively ruined the Big Four’s capability to mount competitive programs, first at night, and eventually the rest of the day. All the Big Four are in ruins because of this congressional boondoggle. The Public than embraced TV’s golden age thumbed their noses at the junk that’s rolled in since. But Moonves pretended he was different. He was different alright. The Redstones aren’t wonderful either, but anyone is better than the formerly sainted Les Moonves, who tried to control a network 80% owned by the Redstones.

  8. Eileen Finnin Hargrove says:

    What is that wacky Osborne nervous about. What an idiot.

  9. Lisal Christian says:

    Women accused him, therefore he is guilty. That is the reasoning on the left, who cares that all they have are accusations, they fired him and even if the accusations cannot be proved, he will not get his job back. I have no idea if he’s guilty but it is frightening to think that all it takes is a couple of women to make accusations and a man’s life is over. There is a reason why we are innocent until proven guilty in this country but liberals have overthrown that. It’s a slippery slope and it is somewhat ironic that it is largely liberal men who are being accused.

  10. Terri Setnick says:

    How sick of SHARON, they are accusing a man A MAN of something they have NO RIGHT to accuse him of. SICK…..

    1. Babette Olsen says:

      Sharon Osbourne has plenty of experience living with a man with problems .. drugs, health etc.
      She should shut up and pretend she has a brain.

  11. Fred Brennion says:

    How can Sharon say, “Obviously the man has a problem”?
    What if he were to be found ‘not guilty’ on all of the charges?
    OK, I get it … Sharon is merely expressing an opinion, to which we all have a right.

    What if his ‘problem’ is that men in his high position are subject to coercion (or would extortion be a better term) by the mere suggestion that a sexual assault claim could be in the offing?

    Can the expression of an opinion be considered slander? Noโ€”but merely labeling a statement as your “opinion” does not make it so. Courts look at whether a reasonable reader or listener could understand the statement as asserting a statement of verifiable fact. (A verifiable fact is one capable of being proven true or false.) “Proven” how? “Proven” where?
    Welcome to the world of billion rabbit holes.

  12. Between lying liberal women and liberal men in power that take what they want? THEY deserve each other!!!!!

  13. Aytac Turk Ercen says:

    Gold Digger Julie Ching bitching about her husband? The husband she stole from someone else? She is now surprised she did not stop with he. To be honest I don’t even know why he would even give her the time of the day. She is a low life herself.

  14. Bill Clinton. Al Franken. Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer…

  15. Tony Dean says:

    Good God, can you imagine sitting through more than one minute of this dopey gabfest?

    1. Michelle Teller says:

      Everybody knew. Nobody cared.
      Again.

  16. If you read the allegations, he forced himself on the women and when they refused, there were consequences to their future/job. Funny, the Julie Chen, didn’t know anything about it. The reports were out there.

  17. Just liberal Chen music, nothing to see here. Move along. Hail Obama.

  18. Terry Holloway says:

    Where is all the hullabaloo over Bill Clinton’s dalliances? Seems to me if there is an R on your side of the aisle, you are attacked, but if you lean as a D, no problem. The hypocrisy stinks to high heaven.

  19. Diane Taylor says:

    What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty, c’mon folks, everyone is so ready to hang a person before finding out anything. what if it was someone in your family I would think you would pray for justice and people to sit back and stop judging until you absolutely know without a reasonable doubt the person is guilty! What an uncivil world we live in! So disappointed in the common man.

  20. This tactic of accusing men from whatever they may have done DECADES ago has to stop! We are back to the Salem Witch Trials – just accusing a person of being a witch was enough to get you burned at the stake. Today it’s the accusation of sexual misconduct for a man will ruin his life and career with no ability to defend himself. This has to stop now!

    1. Mike Johnson says:

      Not quite true. In Salem they would tie you to a pole and hold you under water for a long time. If you drowned then you were a witch. If you didn’t then you probably were not a witch.

  21. Rico Soiree says:

    >”All womenโ€™s stories matter”

    How so?

    1. Rico, the oft repeated, ‘All stories matter’ is interesting isn’t it. Grimm’s fairly tales are stories. It seems many/most of these stories have an end game called Civil Litigation.
      The View is peopled by airheads who take Twitter and Facebook as authorities. There is no longer a distinction between allegation and fact. Sad.

  22. Charles Stanford says:

    Agree with another poster — Julie Chenn’s biggest concern should be getting out of the marriage without an STD. If she’s not infected, with something, it’s probably a miracle.

  23. Steve DiCarolis says:

    I hope Julie goes and gets an HIV/AIDS test because he could have brought home who knows what with him and killed her

  24. Barbara Reitz says:

    Wow, MSM has really been hiding her. Feel bad for her. Hard to keep saying the allegations are untrue.

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