CBS’ Julie Chen Leaves ‘The Talk’ After Husband Les Moonves' Firing

Julie Chen

Julie Chen

I will always treasure our friendship, the great parenting advice from both of you and the memories and laughs and all of the private jokes that the three of us have shared.

"Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and young son", Chen, 48, said from the Big Brother set. On Thursday night's episode of the summer reality show, she signed off by saying "I'm Julie Chen Moonves", rather than her usual sign off as just "Julie Chen".

Chen's decision is effective immediately, according to two sources close to her.

The chat show host will reportedly resign via a pre-taped video message on Tuesday's show.

"I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement", she said at the time.

This was the first time Chen used her full married name in the history of the show - she's been playing host to "Big Brother" for 18 years.

Julie Chen and Les Moonves
Julie Chen and Les Moonves | Ron Sachs – Pool /Getty Images

She held back tears as she thanked her co-workers.

Julie Chen, Leslie Moonves and son Charlie in 2018.

Also, it was recently reported by multiple outlets including rolling out that Moonves allegedly tried to destroy Janet Jackson's career after she failed to apologize "enough" after her 2004 "Nipplegate" at that year's Super Bowl.

Co-host Sharon Osbourne said on-air, "These stories that are so similar, the pattern is so similar that, for me, he's not been convicted of any crime, but obviously the man has a problem". Finally, to Sara and Sharon - we've been together since day one of The Talk. "And I will stand by this statement today, tomorrow, forever". The first article, published in late July, contained accusations from six women who said Moonves had groped and tried to kiss them in business meetings. In a statement to the publication, 68-year-old Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters, but said they were consensual. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. While some think she may have been pushed out, others believe that she gave up the job in order to avoid awkward on-air conversations with her co-hosts. Her exit comes after her husband, Leslie Moonves, was ousted as chairman-CEO of CBS Corp.

It's the second traumatic television exit that Gilbert has endured this year. Ironically, he actually helped found the Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, an organization helmed by Anita Hill, the woman who accused Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

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