Julie Chen Announces Departure from ‘The Talk’
Julie Chen leaves ‘The Talk’ amidst sexual assault accusations against husband Les Moonves.
Chen was missing from the show’s premiere and today (September 18) a video of Chen announcing her departure played during the top of the show. “Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son,” she said. “So I’ve decided to leave The Talk.
“I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many, many years to come,” she concluded.
After the video finished, co-host Sheryl Underwood was seen crying while Sara Gilbert said goodbye to Chen on behalf of the women.
“For eight seasons, Julie Chen has co-hosted THE TALK with incredible energy, grace and professionalism,” CBS said in a statement. “Her talents played a big role in our successful launch of CBS’ first network daytime talk show, and in the series growth into an Emmy Award-winning broadcast. All of us here have tremendous appreciation for the dedication and passion she brought to the show every day and for her generous role as an ambassador for CBS Daytime. We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision wish Julie all the best in everything she does.”
Chen has served as a co-host and moderator on The Talk since the show first premiered in 2010.
Chen’s exit comes just over a week after CBS announced Sunday that Moonves was no longer CEO of the network due to the sexual misconduct allegations.