Julie Chen Leaves ‘The Talk’ After Husband Les Moonves Is Ousted From CBS
A week after her husband Leslie Moonves was fired from CBS due to sexual misconduct allegations, Julie Chen announced that she will be leaving CBS’ daytime show The Talk.
Chen made the announcement over a taped message from the set of Big Brother, a show on CBS that she also hosts.
It came as a shock when the Big Brother host who rarely uses her married name signed off as “Julie Chen Moonves” on an episode of Big Brother last week.
For nine years, Chen has hosted The Talk along with her co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne. In a goodbye message which aired at the end of Tuesday’s episode, Chen referred to the trio as “The Three Musketeers.”
“I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will continue on for many, many more years to come,” Chen said in the goodbye message.
The Talk started to compete with ABC’s show The View. Four years ago, the two shows rivaled each other with The Talk taking the lead in ratings. Since then, The View has taken back the number one spot.
Chen’s announcement didn’t mention the case involving her husband, Moonves, she just said that right now she needed to spend more time with her husband and son.
After 15 years as CEO and chairman of the CBS network, Moonves was fired after serious sexual assault allegations surfaced.
In July, six women, including actress Ileana Douglas, accused Moonves of sexual misconduct and harassment. Just a week ago, six more women have come forward about sexual misconduct and harassing involving Moonves.
This is TV’s second shocking television exit this year, first being actress Roseanne Barr, who was fired over offensive tweets.