Julie Chen confirmed her long-rumored exit from CBS’ The Talk via a pre-recorded video message Tuesday. Chen is leaving her host post a week after her husband Les Moonves was ousted from the network over sexual misconduct charges.
She taped the message from the set of CBS’ Big Brother, where she is also host. She made no mention of the case against Moonves, but did say she intended to spend time with her husband and son.
"Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son," she said. "So I’ve decided to leave The Talk.
Chen appeared to fight back tears as she thanked crew members. "I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many, many years to come," she concluded.
CO-HOST, NETWORK RESPOND
Her former Talk co-host Sara Gilbert simply said, "We love you, Julie," after the taped message was over and the show concluded.
"For eight seasons, Julie Chen has co-hosted The Talk with incredible energy, grace and professionalism," CBS said in a statement. "Her talents played a big role in our successful launch of CBS’ first network daytime talk show, and in the series growth into an Emmy Award-winning broadcast. All of us here have tremendous appreciation for the dedication and passion she brought to the show every day and for her generous role as an ambassador for CBS Daytime. We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision wish Julie all the best in everything she does."
Reaction on social media was mixed. Some said that she shouldn’t have to pay for her husband’s crimes, while others pointed out that Chen was "overly critical" of Camille Cosby for standing by Bill after he was charged with multiple cases of assault, and saying she is getting what’s coming to her.
Chen hosted The Talk since its launch in 2010. She remains on board as host of Big Brother as of now.