Julie Chen’s future as the host of Big Brother has been up in the air over the past few weeks but it’s being reported she may stay put after all.
Gossip website TMZ is reporting the 48-year-old host wants to return to the show she has fronted for 20 seasons and CBS has no plans to ask her to leave the show.
Show insiders told the tabloid that the network does not want to punish Julie for her husbands alleged actions and she will finish out the current season with the plan being for her to return to host season two of Celebrity Big Brother in the winter.
Big Brother has not yet been officially renewed by CBS for a 21st season but the show has been number one in its time slot most of the summer and has been a summer staple for the network for years. So it is likely to see a renewal.
Tuesday saw Julie announce her exit from The Talk after nine seasons, saying she needs to spend more time with her family.
People Magazine reported on Tuesday that show staff were ‘nervous’ Julie would depart amid the scandal surrounding her husband and admitted Julie was not as hands on as she use to be recently.
“She always used to be involved in every part of it,” the source said. “She wanted to make sure that the show didn’t get stale. She doesn’t give any input now, and hasn’t for a lot of the season. It’s ‘Stand there, look at the camera, say your lines, go home.’”
“She’s a complete professional, but she’s just not as hands-on as she used to be,” the source adds. “It’s very different. It really does feel like she’s done. This season is almost over, but we don’t know anything about what will happen next season, and it’s making us all very nervous. It’s all we talk about.”
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Big Brother airs its Season 20 finale next Wednesday at 9:30pm ET on CBS.