Is Julie Chen joining "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" following the sexual harassment allegations against her husband Les Moonves? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we've learned the truth.
Last month, Chen stepped down as host of the CBS show "The Talk" after her husband, who served as chairman and CEO of the network, resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault. According to the National Enquirer, Bravo executive Andy Cohen has asked the TV personality to join his network's "Real Housewives" franchise, and she's very interested in the idea.
A so-called "source" tells the magazine, "Julie and Andy started their careers together as CBS interns before Julie went on to marry the boss. Andy has reached out to her and they've been taking. She's rich and famous and everything the show is about."
The blog Naughty Gossip picked up the report as well, but added, "This isn't going to happen now but wait a little while and you will see Julie on the 'Real Housewives.'" The site is conveniently buying itself time by giving an unspecified date for Chen's supposed participation on the show. Filming on Season 9 is currently underway, and the TV personality obviously isn't involved.
Still, an alleged "source" tells the outlet, "Andy is a great friend but an even better producer - he isn't going to let this opportunity pass him by. He wants her on his show and it could actually happen."
But Gossip Cop checked in with a reliable source close to Chen, who tells us on the condition of anonymity that both reports are "absolutely false." We're assured the TV host has no plans to join the "Real Housewives" franchise and she hasn't been approached with the idea either. The premise was seemingly fabricated to capitalize on the recent controversy surrounding her husband.
It's worth noting, when Chen addressed her departure from "The Talk" last month, she noted she's leaving "to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son." It's clear the TV personality wants to take a break from the spotlight at this time. Chen will continue to host "Big Brother," but that gig doesn't require her to discuss her own personal issues. It's absurd to believe that Chen is eager to go on a reality show known for publicizing all the drama going on in one's life. The tabloid and blog are peddling a narrative that's both illogical and untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.