Julie Chen to Exit CBS’ ‘The Talk’ on Heels of Moonves Scandal

Julie Chen Skips 'The Talk' For Second Week As More Talk Show Hosts Say She Can Never Return To CBS Chatfest

It is said to have been the first time Chen has used her married name on the show shes been hosting for almost two decades. She is expected to announce her departure via a videotaped message that will air during Tuesday's episode. The decision comes one week after her husband, Les Moonves, stepped down from his position as CEO of CBS amidst accusations of sexual misconduct.

Chen also hosts CBS' Big Brother, a role she has fulfilled since the series premiered in 2000.

Chen has been an anchor on the afternoon talk show since its inception in 2009, remaining a staple for The Talk as co-hosts came and went.

CBS would not comment. And her continued absence could be a sign that she is heeding the warning of other TV hosts who say she can't possibly return to the CBS chatfest after her recent show of support for her husband, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen women. Even before the new allegations came to light on Sunday, CBS' board was reportedly discussing terms of Moonves' exit.

Chen addressed the controversy in late July during an episode of The Talk.

"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader", the statement read. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. During the September 10 season premiere, Chen's co-hosts held a conversation on the allegations against Moonves, during which time Sara Gilbert acknowledged that while she "always" supports Chen, this is "an important time in our culture".

Moonves denied the allegations and asserted that it was all part of a "concerted effort" to take him down. "I fully support my husband and stand by him". On the day he left CBS, he said "untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am".



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