Julie Chen is officially stepping down as co-host of CBS’ daytime show “The Talk.” Her exit comes after her husband, Leslie Moonves, was ousted as chairman-CEO of CBS Corp.
CBS waited until the final minutes of Tuesday’s hour-long episode to address the elephant in the room. In a pre-recorded video message filmed on the set of “Big Brother,” Chen appeared on the show for the first time in over a week to confirm her departure. Though she didn’t directly address allegations against Moonves, she said, “I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I’ve decided to leave ‘The Talk.'”
Chen thanked her fellow co-hosts, as well as the entire team behind the CBS show. She got emotional saying, “I have been at ‘The Talk’ since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast crew and staff have become family to me over the years.”
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