Julie Chen leaving ‘The Talk’ in wake of husband Les Moonves’ exit at CBS, report says

September 18, 2018

Julie Chen leaving ‘The Talk’ in wake of husband Les Moonves’ exit at CBS, report says

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Julie Chen is reportedly leaving “The Talk.”

The co-host of the CBS daytime talk show hasn’t appeared on the program since her husband, Les Moonves, was forced to resign as CEO and Chairman of CBS in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Chen will formally announce her departure in a videotaped message on Tuesday’s show, CNN reported. CBS has not commented on the news.

A source close to @JulieChen tells me: “She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband’s name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son.” https://t.co/Qj15JL6odd— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 18, 2018

Since Mooves’ exit last week, it seemed unlikely Chen would return to the show she has co-hosted since its premiere in 2010. Similar in concept to “The View” on ABC, “The Talk” features a roundtable of women hosts discussing the topics of the day-- topics which have included Moonves and the #MeToo movement.

It’s not yet clear if a new co-host will be hired to join the regular panel of Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Eve.

Chen, who has been at the network for nearly 20 years, will continue to host the primetime reality series “Big Brother.” In a show of support for her husband during last week’s season premiere, Chen signed off by saying “I’m Julie Chen Moonves.” It marked the first time she used his last name on the program.

Moonves has denied wrongdoing. When the first round of allegations surfaced in July, Chen stood by her husband of 14 years, saying in a statement, “Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him.”

“The Talk” airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on WOIO Channel 19.

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