Julie Chen Chokes Up While Officially Announcing She's Leaving 'The Talk'


Tuesday, September 18th 2018, 7:26 am
By: News 9


Julie Chen has left The Talk following her husband Les Moonves' exit from CBS Corporation one week ago.

The 48-year-old television personality announced the news on Tuesday in a videotaped message to viewers from the set of Big Brother.

"I have been at The Talk since the day it stated nine years ago," she said. "Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I've decided to leave The Talk. I  want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day.  It is a privilege that I will always be grateful for."

Later, Chen choked up while thanking the show's crew, and said personalized messages to her co-hosts including Sheryl Underwood and Eve. Addressing Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne, she again got emotional.

"We've been together since day one ... I will always treasure our friendship," she said. "We are the original three musketeers. I love you all, and the show, and the sisterhood it stands for ... I love you. I will miss you all very much."

Chen has been a co-host on the CBS daytime talk show since it made its debut in October 2010, but hasn't appeared on The Talk since Moonves resigned on Sept. 9 as chairman and CEO of CBS amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. He has denied the allegations. 

Chen did however return to her hosting duties on CBS' Big Brother this past Thursday, where she showed her support for her husband of 14 years. For the first time, she used her full, married name when signing off. "I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight," she said when addressing viewers.

She also tweeted a photo of her holding a Big Brother interview card, her wedding ring on prominent display. 


In July, Chen sent out a statement after six women went public with their sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves in a New Yorker report.

"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," she tweeted. "He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement."

She also addressed The Talk viewers shortly thereafter.

"Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days," she said on-air. "I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter. And I will stand by this statement today, tomorrow, forever."

Since then, six more women have gone public with their allegations against Moonves -- which include forced kissing, forced oral sex, unwanted advances and physical abuse -- in a second New Yorker report published on Sept. 9. In a statement to the publication, 68-year-old Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters, but said they were consensual.

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue," the statement reads. "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me."

CBS Corporation announced Moonves' exit last Sunday.  A $120 million financial exit package for the television executive will be withheld pending the results of the board's independent investigation. The company said it will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.


In July, Chen sent out a statement after six women went public with their sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves in a New Yorker report.

"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," she tweeted. "He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement."

She also addressed The Talk viewers shortly thereafter.

"Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days," she said on-air. "I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter. And I will stand by this statement today, tomorrow, forever."

Since then, six more women have gone public with their allegations against Moonves -- which include forced kissing, forced oral sex, unwanted advances and physical abuse -- in a second New Yorker report published on Sept. 9. In a statement to the publication, 68-year-old Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters, but said they were consensual.

"The appalling accusations in this article are untrue," the statement reads. "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me."

CBS Corporation announced Moonves' exit last Sunday.  A $120 million financial exit package for the television executive will be withheld pending the results of the board's independent investigation. The company said it will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace.

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Julie Chen is leaving The Talk. After being a no-show for multiple days in a row following husband Les Moonves' exit from CBS, the 48-year-old TV personality will not be returning to the award-winning talk show, according to multiple reports. 

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