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'Big Brother' host Julie Chen pregnant with her first child


By John Bracchitta, 04/21/2009 

The self-admitted "Chenbot" is reproducing.  Big Brother host Chen has confirmed she is expecting her first child with husband and CBS president Les Moonves.

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The 37-year-old The Early Show co-anchor confirmed her pregnancy after fellow co-anchor Harry Smith began the CBS morning show's Tuesday broadcast by stating that there was "one other headline" he had read in the morning's New York Post newspaper.

"I think I know what Harry's talking about, and I wanted to announce to all of my co-workers here who I've been with for 10 years and to all of you viewers that have been tuning in -- and all you Big Brother fans -- but first... I am expecting my first child," Chen responded, causing Smith and the show's crew to begin applauding.

"So it wasn't a big Sunday at the buffet table," she joked. "I'm exactly starting to show now, and my due date is October 4, so 'fingers crossed.'"

However Chen said that despite what the Post reported, she does not expect the pregnancy to interfere with her hosting duties on this summer's Big Brother edition.

"Despite what you read in the paper, I'm not taking maternity leave from Big Brother," Chen said. "I emailed my boss over there this weekend and I said 'Don't worry, I can still do the show,' so I hope she's not reading that."

"You can be the real housemother," Smith joked.

Chen wed the 59-year-old Moonves during a sunset ceremony at a private home in Acapulco in 2004 that was attended by only 30 friends and family. Moonves has three grown children with Nancy Moonves, his previous wife of 24 years. Moonves officially ended the marriage just prior to his wedding to Chen.

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