Julie Suzanne Chen was born in Queens, New York City, USA, on January 6, 1970. Her mother is Chinese and Burmese, so she has Chinese and Burmese roots. Julie is an American reporter, TV host, entertainer, and actress. She is best known for being the host of the CBS reality show “Big Brother” since the show’s premiere in 2000.
What is Julie Chen’s Net Worth and Salary?
American TV host, director, and news anchor Julie Chen (also known as Julie Chen Moonves) has a net worth of $30 million. Julie Chen is best known for being the host of “Big Brother” on CBS from 2000 to the present. From 2010 to 2018, she was a co-worker on “The Talk.” In 2004, Julie married Les Moonves, who used to be the CEO of CBS. She quit “The Talk” after he was accused of sexual harassment.
Julie Chen’s Early Life
Julie Chen was born in Queens, New York City, on January 6, 1970. Her full name is Julie Suzanne Chen. Wang Ling Chen and David Chen, her parents, were both Chinese immigrants. Her maternal grandfather was married nine times and had eleven children with each wife.
Julie went to St. Francis Preparatory School and grew up with Victoria and Gladys, her two older sisters. Chen went to the University of Southern California after finishing high school in 1987 and got a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Broadcast Journalism in 1991.
Julie Chen’s Personal Life
When Julie was working as a news assistant at ABC News in 1991, she met news editor Gary Donahue. In August 2000, they got engaged. After getting engaged, they broke up before the wedding. She is said to have started dating Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, before his wife Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves filed for divorce in April 2003. A disagreement over the financial settlement kept stalling the divorce.
But in December 2004, Les was able to persuade the court to let him get a divorce early, with child support and alimony to be decided later. Moonves and Chen got married in Acapulco, Mexico, on December 23, 2004. On September 24, 2009, they had a son named Charlie. There are also three children from Les’ marriage to Nancy who live with Julie.
Chen said on “The Talk” in 2013 that she had blepharoplasty, a type of eyelid surgery, early in her career because her news director told her, “Because you’re Chinese, you will never be on this anchor station.”Because you have Asian eyes, you look bored and uninterested when you’re on camera.
Next, Julie talked about how an agent she met told her, “I can’t work with you until you get plastic surgery to fix your eyes.” Chen’s family didn’t agree with her decision to have surgery, but she said, “I have to live with every choice I’ve made.” It led me to where we are now. I’m not going to look back.”
After several women accused Moonves of sexual misbehavior and intimidating them, Les was fired from CBS and didn’t get his $120 million severance pay. Chen then started using her married name in her daily life. In September 2018, Julie did this for the first time on an episode of “Big Brother.” She signed off by saying, “My name is Julie Chen Moonves.” Nighty night.”
Julie Chen’s Career
There was an internship for Julie at “CBS Morning News” in 1990. She copied papers and answered the phone. Andy Cohen was one of her interns. Cohen would go on to lead the Bravo late-night talk show “Watch What Happens Live.
” She was quickly moved to producer in 1991 and stayed in that job for three years. Julie worked as a news reporter for WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio, from 1995 to 1997. In 1999, she became an anchor on “CBS Morning News.”
Around this time, she was a news reporter for both “CBS Morning News” and “CBS This Morning.” In 2000, she joined “The Early Show” and worked with Bryant Gumbel, Hannah Storm, Erica Hill, Harry Smith, Jane Clayson, Maggie Rodriguez, and Rene Syler. From 2002 to 2010, Chen was a co-host of “The Early Show.”
After she stopped hosting the show every day, she stayed on as a special supporting anchor until the show ended in early 2012. Julie was a reporter and weekend anchor for WCBS-TV in New York City before she became an anchor at CBS.
Julie Chen’s Awards and Nominations
Chen and her co-hosts were up for six Daytime Emmy Awards while they were on “The Talk.” One was for Outstanding Talk Show Host, and the other five were for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. Julie, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood won together in 2017 and split the award.
Julie Chen’s Real Estate
Julie and Les bought a 3,014-square-foot home in Malibu for $10 million in 2008. In 2014, they sold it for $11.125 million. Not long after, they paid $28.8 million for a 6,500-square-foot home in Carbon Beach from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.