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Julie Chen on 'Big Brother' I'm 'Moonves' Forever And the Audience Loves It

9/19/2018 11:32 AM PDT
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Julie Chen's sign-off last week on 'Big Brother' wasn't a one-time stunt -- 'cause she did it again for Wednesday night's episode, and got major love. 

Sources at Tuesday night's taping tell TMZ ... Julie opened the show by saying ... "Good evening, I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Welcome to 'Big Brother.'" Her words were met with a thunderous show of support from the audience. 

Julie signed off with the Moonves surname during last week's episode -- and now it seems she is taking her husband's name full-time, on the heels of his hasty exit from CBS amid sexual misconduct allegations.

TMZ broke the story ... Julie wants to stay on as the host of 'Big Brother,' and CBS won't ask her to go. Assuming they renew the hit show for another season, she's likely to stay put.

"The Talk" is a different story. Julie announced her exit from that show Tuesday. We're told she left on her own accord ... and wasn't asked to leave.

Julie Chen Staying On as 'Big Brother' Host

9/19/2018 1:00 AM PDT
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Julie Chen will remain the host of 'Big Brother' because CBS won't ask her to go and she wants to stay ... TMZ has learned.

CBS insiders tell TMZ the network does not want to punish Julie for her husband Les Moonves' alleged misdeeds, so she will finish the current season and the plan is for her to return, with one big IF. The IF is bringing the show back for another season. The ratings are still good and the all-important demos are strong, so renewal is all but certain.

As for whether Julie wants back ... the answer is YES. Sources connected to Julie tell TMZ, she will absolutely finish the season and wants to return for future seasons.

Julie announced Tuesday she was leaving "The Talk." Our sources say it was all her decision -- CBS put NO pressure on her to leave.

It makes sense Julie opted for 'BB' over "The Talk" for 2 reasons. First, the 'BB' shooting schedule is less demanding than "The Talk" so it gives her more time to spend with her husband and son -- something she says is a priority.

Perhaps more significant ... "The Talk" is a topical show, and sexual harassment is a staple, which would make for uncomfortable conversation. "Big Brother" is more scripted and doesn't get as personal.

Short story ... she's coming back to "Big Bro."

Julie Chen Makes Big 'Big Brother' Statement ... 'I'm Julie Chen Moonves'

9/13/2018 6:24 PM PDT

Julie Chen did something Thursday night she has never done in her 19-year run at CBS ... she ID'd herself as "Julie Chen Moonves" ... and make no mistake about it -- it's a big statement.

Julie came back to CBS to host "Big Brother" ... 4 days after her husband and former boss Les Moonves was removed as the network's head honcho.

Julie never referenced the scandal or Les by name, but closed the show with a bang. Mind you ... Julie has been an anchor on "CBS This Morning," "The Talk," "Big Brother" and other CBS shows and she has NEVER used her husband's surname ... until now.

Before the show, Julie teased her return with a photo holding "Big Brother" cue cards, but she made it clear for everyone... her wedding ring and her marriage are intact.  

Julie has not returned to "The Talk," and it's unclear when that will happen, but Sharon Osbourne said on Monday she'd be back after taking a few days off.

Short story ... all the people who thought Julie would follow her husband out the door may be wrong.

'Big Brother' Star Dan Gheesling 'BB' is Irreplaceable ... Even if Julie Chen Leaves

9/12/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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One of the most famous "Big Brother" contestants says the show is rock solid ... despite rumors longtime host, Julie Chen, might be leaving Big Brother with Les Moonves now gone.

Dan Gheesling -- who won season 10 and was the runner-up on season 14 of "Big Brother" -- says if Julie steps away from her hosting role on CBS' hit reality series, whoever replaces her will have some massive shoes to fill. Her 18-year run has been that iconic.

So far, Julie has not given even a hint that she'll leave the show. In fact, she made it clear ... she'll be hosting Thursday night's episode.

The real question ... will "Big Brother" go on the chopping block now that Moonves is gone? Sharon Osbourne said this week on "The Talk" nobody's job is safe now ... nor are any of the CBS shows in the wake of Moonves' departure.

Ultimately it comes down to ratings. Although Dan says the show is a juggernaut ... the ratings are down this season from last, although the all-important demos are still strong.

As they say in TV land -- TBD.

'Big Brother' Eviction Speech Scottie Gets Smutty ... CBS Censors Crass Oral Sex Crack

9/7/2018 9:51 AM PDT

A houseguest on "Big Brother" used his eviction speech to tell everyone to "suck it" ... then strongly suggested there's already some sucking going on.

Scottie got evicted from the 'BB' house Thursday night, but not before he made multiple comments that warranted CBS censorship ... including a vulgar joke about the "showmance" between Tyler and Angela.

The audio didn't air live, but 'BB' sleuths were easily able to find out what Scottie said and add captioning ... which reveals his comments insinuating Tyler is receiving oral sex from Angela.

Scottie tells Tyler, "You've been getting Hilton Head" ... clearly a sexual pun reference to the town in South Carolina where both Tyler and Angela hail from.

Scottie was already evicted before this season, but won his way back only to be booted again. And, according to 'BB' insiders ... Angela's very upset by his parting shot at her, which many fans agree is incredibly disrespectful and even misogynistic.

Controversies have been par for the course this season on the hit reality show, with multiple houseguests making racist comments and even cries of sexual misconduct.

And there are still a few weeks left.

Stormy Daniels Bails on 'Celebrity Big Brother' ... At Last Minute

8/17/2018 7:20 AM PDT
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Stormy Daniels is persona non grata in the UK ... 'cause she's getting torn to pieces after bailing on "Celebrity Big Brother" after allegedly demanding and not getting more dough, but her lawyer's calling BS.

Stormy was supposed to make her reality TV debut with Thursday night's launch, but she was a no-show. There's a report out in the UK saying Stormy wanted an additional $125k on top of the $950k she was reportedly scoring from the show. 'CBB' producers supposedly balked and Stormy walked.

President Trump's alleged mistress was supposed to appear on the UK's biggest midday talk show Friday but also never made it outta the green room. One of the show's panelists said Stormy told her there was a development in her custody battle with her estranged hubby, Glendon Crain.

Stormy's attorney, Michael Avenatti, tells TMZ ... the money dispute's a joke and insists the reason his client bailed is because producers wanted Stormy to stick to a script, but she was not gonna play that game. As for the custody development ... Avenatti says it did play a factor in Stormy pulling out.

TMZ broke the story ... Stormy and Glendon have joint custody of their 7-year-old daughter but he wants her to pay child support.

'Little Women: LA' JC Was on Right Track with N-Word But Poor Delivery on 'BB'

7/19/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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"Little Women: LA" star Briana Renee is supporting "Big Brother" houseguest JC Mounduix's decision to compare the n-word to an epithet for little people, but says his message got lost in his delivery.

JC caught hell Tuesday night from another houseguest -- who's black -- when he used the n-word in an analogy about the m-word. As he put it, "midget" is like "gay and f***ot or n***er and black."

Briana says JC is dead on, because the m-word was a derogatory term used for little people in the circus back in the day, and remains a sensitive subject ... just like the n-word. 

Briana, who just finished recording a new album, takes JC's point even further -- and makes a case for all people to stop dropping both words.

Ex-'Big Brother' Houseguest I'm Giving JC a Pass on N-Word ... Trump Says Lots of Crap!

7/18/2018 3:02 PM PDT
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A former "Big Brother" houseguest says it's no big deal JC Mounduix dropped the n-word ... because he was just answering a question honestly.

Devin Shepherd, from 'BB16,' tells TMZ ... he doesn't think JC had bad intentions, and was merely defending himself. JC, who's 4'8" ... used the slur while trying to explain -- to a black houseguest -- the difference between the words "midget" and "dwarf."

Fellow houseguest, Bayleigh, who is black -- was pissed and warned JC to never use the word again. However, Devin says JC's outburst is no worse than stuff President Trump says on a daily basis.

Shepherd strongly suggests the country's got bigger fish to fry than a slip of the tongue in the 'BB' house. 

Not a bad point, especially this week.

'Big Brother' JC Drops N-Word and F-Word ... Black Houseguest Pissed!!!

7/18/2018 9:31 AM PDT

"Big Brother" houseguest JC Mounduix hurled a couple of nasty epithets Tuesday night -- in front of a black houseguest -- while trying to explain how NOT to offend people. No joke.

JC, who stands 4'8" tall, was trying to explain the difference between the words "midget" and "dwarf" ... and told Bayleigh Dayton, who's black, it's like "gay and f***ot or ni**er and black."

The lesson did NOT go over well with Bayleigh, who quickly reacted in anger.

This isn't the first time a 'BB' houseguest has gone there. Kaitlyn Herman dropped the n-word earlier this month while singing a Drake lyric, and that was AFTER producers had warned them about offensive language. Oh, and there were the two women who said their tans made 'em "look ghetto."

Good times.

'Big Brother' Kaitlyn Drops N-Word Real Quick ... After Producers' Warning

7/6/2018 6:40 AM PDT

"Big Brother" houseguest Kaitlyn went from zero to stupid real quick when she dropped the n-word Thursday night during the show's online live feed.

She was talking to 2 other guests -- Tyler and Scottie -- about making a quick transition ... when Kaitlyn, who is white, decided it was the perfect time to quote Drake's "0 to 100" ... and NOT the clean version. She said, "I did go zero to 100 n**ga, real quick."

Seems like she realized her idiocy real quick too ... because she immediately said "Oops," and continued mumbling lyrics to the song as if to say ... I was just singing a song, I'm not racist!

All 3 of 'em must have remembered at that moment producers JUST finished warning them about this kinda crap ... after Angela and Rachel worried their tans would make them look too "ghetto."

'BB' producers say the racist language will not be used in the CBS broadcasts.

'Big Brother' Contestants Looking 'Ghetto' With My Skin Color Sun Changes My Ethnicity

7/3/2018 7:33 AM PDT

More controversy out of the 'Big Brother' house -- this time two white housemates complained the sun was making them too dark ... and likened that to looking "ghetto."

'BB' contestants Rachel Swindler and Angela Rummans were captured on the show's live feed Monday saying some pretty racist sounding s**t. Rachel kicks it off by saying her stomach was as dark as fellow houseguest Bayleigh Dayton -- who is black. 

Angela makes things worse by responding with ... "I know. I'm looking ghetto here with the skin coloration." Rachel continues to gripe that she can't be in the sun for more than two days, otherwise she would "change ethnicities." Yikes ...

Season 20 of 'Big Brother' isn't necessarily getting off on the right foot. Another cast member, JC Mounduix, already tried ice cream scooping housemates' vaginas and butts.

'Big Brother' Cries of Sexual Misconduct ... JC 'Scooping' Houseguests' Vaginas

7/2/2018 1:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A "Big Brother" houseguest tried using an ice cream scooper on the genitals of several of his housemates ... and fans are crying foul.

JC Mounduix was captured on the show's online live feed attempting to place the scooper in or around the privates of some other cast members -- namely Kaycee Clark, Kaitlyn Herman and Tyler Crispen

At one point, JC told Kaycee to open her vagina because it "feels good." He tries it on Kaitlyn too, going under a blanket and trying to get it near her ... apparently against her will. JC also tries going for Tyler, who covers himself and says "no." Later, he's seen touching Tyler's genitals. 

None of the housemates complained about JC's behavior -- not on camera, anyway -- but, many fans online are calling out producers for not disciplining JC, or kicking him out of the house entirely.

This is totally reminiscent of the butt-poking epidemic last year in the 'BB' house. We've reached out to CBS for comment ... so far, no word back. 

'The Amazing Race' Shocking Cuts Made to All 'Big Bro' Edition

6/2/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Die-hard "Big Brother" fans might not be happy about this -- "The Amazing Race" just made some huge last-minute cuts to its upcoming all-BB edition ... including winners and fan favorites.

Our 'TAR' sources tell us ... America's Favorite Houseguest on Season 17, James Huling, and Season 18's Corey Brooks will no longer be partnering up on 'TAR' because CBS called them Thursday night to inform them they've been axed.

Caleb Reynolds, aka Beast Mode Cowboy, was also told he's no longer wanted for the upcoming season, and perhaps most shockingly ... former enemies turned friends -- Josh Martinez and Paul Abrahamian -- also got dropped from the cast.

We're told the news came as a huge surprise to the 'BB' alums because they'd all gone through the interview process and thought they were set ... but production just told them they are moving in a different direction.

On the bright side ... we've learned BB14 winner Ian Terry's been added to the cast, Rachel Reilly's still in and will team up with her sister Elissa, and past stars Da'Vonne Rogers and Bridgette Dunning will be a duo.

We reached out to CBS to get some more feedback on their decisions, and were told the network has "a new casting twist for the next edition of The Amazing Race that will be announced shortly."

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