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Larry King NowAug 22 '16

It’s a no-holds-barred discussion with Julie Chen as she talks candidly about attempting to turn down her ‘Big Brother’ gig, how she and her co-hosts on ‘The Talk’ have avoided the shake-ups that plague other shows, and the secret to her happy marriage to CBS president Les Moonves. Plus, Julie takes a stab at impersonating Donald Trump.


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Aug 22nd 2016:

“At the end of the day I think people want to watch human behavior. I mean it’s a ‘reality show’ where-it’s not a scripted reality show. You meet a new set of house guests who start out as strangers. We’ve had marriages come out of it, babies being born, enemies becoming best friends and you get to see love, betrayal, tears, outrageous behavior and the competitive side of people.”—Julie Chen on why people are so addicted to the show ‘Big Brother’

“I said ‘I don’t want to do this job’, and [the head of CBS] said ‘We could assign you this job and if you say no it could be considered insubordination.’ I was 29 years old and just started at the network, I didn’t know what to do. So I had to take the job.” —Julie Chen on being forced to take the job as the host of ‘Big Brother’

“There was only one time [I missed reporting the news]. It was the night Osama Bin Laden was killed.” —Julie Chen on the only time she missed being a reporter

“Very early on on my husband said to me ‘Let’s never say anything to the other person, anything you say you can’t take it back so never hit below the belt. No matter how emotional you’re feeling, or vulnerable or hurt or angry.’ We really don’t fight. We don’t fight. I’m a very easy going person, I wake up happy.” —Julie Chen on how she makes her relationship with her manager-husband work

“We do not, and we have never discussed politics. Once you discuss politics half the nation agrees with you and you have automatically turned off the other half. Why have half the country hating you for your political views?” —Julie Chen on how how ‘The Talk’ differentiates themselves from ‘The View’

“Truth is stranger than fiction. You know weather you agree with this guy, love this guy, or hate this guy, when he is on television he gets your attention. You listen.” —Julie Chen on how she feel about Donald Trump as a political candidate