Julie Chen made her exit from “The Talk” official on Tuesday.
“Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I’ve decided to leave ‘The Talk'” she told viewers in a pre-recorded message from the set of “Big Brother” which played during the episode. The long-time co-host has been a part of the afternoon talk show since season one debuted in 2010 alongside Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osborne.
Her exit comes after multiple sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against her husband, Les Moonves, who has since been ousted from his position as CBS Chairman. Chen, who has been married to Moonves since 2004, is standing by her husband, signing off “Big Brother” last week as “Julie Chen Moonves” for the first time ever.
“I want to thank everyone at the show for the wonderful years together. I will always, always, cherish the memories we shared. Most important [sic], I want to thank you, the viewer for allowing me into your home every day. 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. “I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much.”
Chen turned to deliver individual thanks to her co-hosts, Eve and Sheryl Underwood, with a special thank you to Osborne and Gilbert.
“To Sara and Sharon, we’ve been together since day one at ‘The Talk’. I’ve spent every day with you both. I will always treasure our friendship, the great parenting advice from both of you, and the memories and laughs and all the private jokes that the three of us have shared,” she continues. “We are the original Three Musketeers. I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many, many, many more years to come.”
“You ladies got this, and I cannot be more proud to call you my friends. I love you,” she signs off.
As Underwood wipes away her tears, Gilbert addressed the video: “I created this show as a place for friends to come together and I know I speak for all the hosts when I know I say we thank you for eight years of dear friendship and for all that you did to contribute to the success of this show. We love you, Julie.”
CBS issued a statement on Chen’s departure: