Les Moonves' powerful A-list pals: From George Clooney to Kaley Cuoco

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President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Leslie Moonves, has a long list of celebrity friends from years of work in the industry. Here the CEO poses with former CBS star Katherine Heigl at a 2016 press party in Los Angeles.  (CBS)

Throughout his career as CBS Chairman and CEO, Les Moonves has rubbed elbows with many A-list stars ranging from Mark Wahlberg and Kevin James to Halle Berry and Anna Wintour. 

In 2015 Moonves spoke at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for Julianna Margulies and was snapped hugging her in an emotional embrace. Two years earlier, Kaley Cuoco honored him at the 2013 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame inductions.

"It means so much to me to be asked to host this in front of all you amazing people, especially my boss Leslie Moonves, who has been an amazing supporter of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ from day one. And a supporter of mine and a fan,” she gushed before making an expletive-filled joke about CBS’ back-and-forth with Dish Network, a topic dominating headlines at the time. 

Last year, James Corden, host of CBS' "The Late Late Show," hosted an event at New York’s Lincoln Center in Moonves’ honor.

But perhaps Moonves' closest and most-prominent celebrity friend is George Clooney. 

“Les is a dear friend,”  Clooney said in a 2005 CBS News article. 

So dear, in fact, that it was Moonves’ wife Julie Chen was the one who broke the news that Amal Clooney was expecting twins. She reportedly got the go-ahead from the Clooneys to share their baby news on “The Talk” following a cozy double date with Hollywood pair in 2017. 

Moonves bragged about his tight friendship with Clooney in a 2006 interview with The Guardian. During his time at Warner Bros. In the early ‘90s, Moonves famously cast Clooney for his groundbreaking role in the medicial drama, “ER.” 

"I was one of the first to read the ‘ER’ script and the good news is George Clooney still gives me credit for helping to launch his career," Moonves said. "I had George Clooney under contract for four years in a row before 'ER' happened. He's one of the few who remembers the people who helped him."

Another high-profile friend of Moonves’ is Bill Clinton, according to a 2005 profile in the New York Times that described the CBS exec as a Democrat and “life-long friend of Bill Clinton’s.” 

And working in the TV industry as long as he has, Moonves’ seemingly never-ending list of TV credits includes standout hits like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Survivor” and “How I Met Your Mother.” He’s also credited with putting together the well-blended cast of “Friends.” 

In the late-‘90s, he made headlines for reportedly spending a fortune to secure the series “Cosby,” starring the now-disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, for CBS. The show was never a big hit for the network, and Cosby himself has since been embroiled in accusations of rape, sexual assault and harassment that Moonves has said little about. CBS reportedly scrapped the majority of a 1997 “60 Minutes” interview that interrogated Cosby about reports he fathered a child while married. 

In addition to the six women who spoke out against Moonves in the New York Times, more than two dozen company employees, past and present, detailed incidents of harassment, gender discrimination or retaliation at CBS, the report said.

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July 28, 2018

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