The wrath of “Queen” Julie Chen continues as she axes the ladies of CBS gab-fest “The Talk.” Chen, who show insiders say warned her co-hosts, “My husband [CBS boss] Les Moonves can fire your asses any day,” has left execs “essentially neutered.” Her latest demand was the addition of Kris Jenner, and Sheryl Underwood to replace Holly Robinson Peete. “It’s the Les Moonves show starring his annoying wife,” a source griped.
Peete was told to “clean out her dressing room” last week but had not been released from her CBS contract as of last night. “They don’t want to look bad for firing her,” a source said. “But she can’t look for other work.” A show insider said, “There’s going to be tension on the show because of the casting changes.”
Leah Remini has been shown the door and Sharon Osbourne quit in protest of Chen’s demand she not speak about the Casey Anthony trial because she is not a news reporter. Peete said through her rep, “I’m under contract to ‘The Talk’ and I am hoping to be back for Season 2.”