Kathy Griffin took aim at ousted CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, in a revealing Twitter thread on Sunday evening.
The comedian’s tweets came after news broke that Moonves would be stepping down from his position amid new sexual misconduct allegations — and Griffin said she heard secondhand that Chen had been more complicit than Griffin had initially believed.
Griffin doesn’t go into detail about The Talk co-host’s alleged behavior but shared a clip from 2017 of Chen bashing Janet Jackson on her daytime talk show. Last week, a report from HuffPost claimed Moonves wanted to destroy Jackson’s career after the 2004 Super Bowl debacle, an agenda Griffin believes Chen bolstered 13 years later.
“Make no mistake, Leslie still has a ton of power and I’m going to pay for this dearly. And that’s what he and his cohorts in this town do to women in the business,” she continued. “I feel like my career is finally headed towards a good place again, but by tweeting all this I am risking being blacklisted further. But I cant stay quiet about the kind of s*** that goes down in this industry.”
Griffin went on to reveal that in 2014, she asked her agents if she could have a meeting at CBS about replacing Craig Ferguson as the host of The Late Late Show. “My agents told me that Leslie wasn’t going to consider any women for the spot. Yes, they met with a few women, but they weren’t actually going to hire a woman is what I was told,” she claimed on Twitter. “Welcome to reality!” (James Corden went on to get the gig. Griffin clarified to say she likes the current Late Late Show host)
She also touched on the bizarre email she received from a CBS board member following her Trump photoshoot scandal.
Griffin believes holding those in the industry accountable — like Moonves and Chen — is her “responsibility that comes with privilege.”
“I really hope my women colleagues who financially secure will join me in speaking out against women like Julie and the indignities imposed on his by men in this business,” she concluded. “It’s not going to change until we start talking.”
After six women accused Moonves of misconduct in July, Chen immediately released a statement in support of her husband. She has yet to speak out on the matter since.