As the second season of the hit show kicks off with Dina Lohan, Ryan Lochte and Anthony Scaramucci, Chen’s appearances at work have noticeably changed, a show snitch told Radar.
“Julie is so different after the whole Les situation. She doesn’t talk to anyone unless it is necessary on the set,” the source revealed.
Amid her CBS honcho husband’s dramatic firing after multiple women, including actress Cybil Shepherd and Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason, came forward to accuse him of sexual assault and harassment, Chen stood by him, even calling herself “Julie Chen Moonves” for the first time on the show.
But show insiders told Radar that her demeanor is dramatically different in 2019.
“She really keeps to herself now and she’s much more guarded,” the source said. “She used to chat with the people in the audience and with any staffers around her when she wasn’t on live, but now she doesn’t really do that anymore.”
The snitch also told Radar that her post-show routine collapsed.
“Julie and Les used to go out to dinner after the live show at Craig’s and they’re not now.”
Chen also left The Talk after nine years, with Carrie Ann Inaba replacing her as her husband’s shocking past was exposed.
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