Julie Chen Is Leaving 'The Talk' Amidst Les Moonves Controversy

Julie Chen Quits The Talk

Julie Chen is pretty much being forced off her daytime gig as a longtime host at "The Talk" as a result of her husband, ex-CBS chief Les Moonves, and his alleged sexual improprieties and his reported vendetta against Janet Jackson, the media has learned.

Chen announced she'd be "taking a few days off from "The Talk" to be with my family" after Moonves resigned from CBS amid sexual-misconduct allegations. "But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I have made a decision to leave 'The Talk, '" Chen said in a pre-taped announcement. Now, her leave of absence will be made permanent.

Chen's voice cracked at one point during the address when she said goodbye to her staff. "We thank you for eight years of dear friendship and all you did to help the success of the show", Gilbert said. And I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many more years.

Last week on "The Talk", Chen's co-hosts said they supported her but that Moonves' accusers' stories needed to be heard.

The high-powered Moonves resigned earlier this month after at least 12 women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct in a pair of New Yorker articles authored by Pulitzer Prize victor Ronan Farrow. "I fully support my husband and stand by him".

Following the publication of that story, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, Chen issued a statement in which she called Moonves "a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader".

However, that didn't stop her co-hosts from having an open discussion about her husband on their show.

However, Chen is believed to be maintaining her role as host of "Big Brother".

Although Chen is leaving The Talk, as of now it looks as though she will be staying on as host of Big Brother.

She publicly supported Moonves after a first round of accusations last month, saying he was a "decent and moral human being".

Julie Chen will be leaving The Talk. Moonves acknowledged relations with three of the women but said they were consensual, adding he had never used his position to hurt the careers of women.

Chen had been a fixture on the show since its inception in 2009 alongside original co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne but she was noticeably absent from the season premiere on September 10, which was one day after Moonves' exit.

Moonves had denied the allegations.

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