Julie Chen announced Tuesday she is leaving her hosting gig on CBS's The Talk - almost a week after her husband, ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves, resigned amid several allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.
Moreover, Page Six reported that Chen is committed to her marriage and "will 100 percent stay with Les". "It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for", she says, before thanking the crew behind the scenes, her voice starting to break. "We thank you for eight years of dear friendship and all you did to help the success of the show", Gilbert said.
"Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days", she said on-air.
She gave thanks to each of her "Talk" co-hosts as well in the two-and-a-half-minute statement.
The move isn't a surprising one, given The Talk's dedication to discussing issues exactly like the scandal Chen and her husband are now embroiled in. Your wit and timing and humor and compassion and intelligence is simply unparalleled. I spent every day with you both. Chen called the trio "The Three Musketeers" in her goodbye message, played at the end of Tuesday's episode. And I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many more years.
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Chen announced her decision via a taped message on the show Tuesday, saying she needed to spend more time at home with her husband and their son.
However, Chen is believed to be maintaining her role as host of "Big Brother". "We love you, Julie". Osbourne said on the episode. "She's been a friend".
"It's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie's] husband, but... we feel it's right", they began. Her exit comes after her husband, Leslie Moonves, was ousted as chairman-CEO of CBS Corp. Sara Gilbert, a co-host and the creator of the show, expressed gratitude to Chen before the conclusion of the broadcast. "This is very serious and the appropriate actions need to take place". Veteran TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb told the magazine that Moonves once physically restrained her while forcing her to perform oral sex and, in later incidents, exposed himself to her and became physically violent.
In the statement, which she tweeted out, she said, "Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader".
She publicly supported Moonves after a first round of accusations last month, saying he was a "decent and moral human being". When the initial allegations against him surfaced, Chen released a statement via Twitter which read, "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years".