Julie Chen Officially Exits 'The Talk' | Julie Chen, The Talk

Julie Chen Officially Exits 'The Talk' | Julie Chen, The Talk

Julie Chen Officially Exits 'The Talk' | Julie Chen, The Talk

Even before the new allegations came to light on Sunday, CBS' board was reportedly discussing terms of Moonves' exit.

CBS waited until the final minutes of Tuesday's hour-long episode to address the elephant in the room.

Julie Chen is officially stepping away from The Talk.

CBS's statement was issued nearly immediately after Chen announced, in a taped statement on The Talk, that she was exiting to spend more time with her husband and young son.

The sources said she will continue to host the CBS reality show "Big Brother". She got emotional saying, "I have been at "The Talk" since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast crew and staff have become family to me over the years". But her status on "The Talk" has been in doubt ever since Moonves' departure. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. "It is a privilege that I will forever be grateful for".

By signing off through a videotaped message, Chen will sidestep any awkward conversations with her longtime co-hosts. "I wouldn't be surprised if [CBS] asked her not to come back", the source said. She had since been absent to "be with her family" but returned to TV last week for her other gig, hosting "Big Brother", which is also on CBS.

"To Sara and Sharon, we've been together since day one at "The Talk".

Drew Angerer via Getty Images Julie Chen and Les Moonves. On the talkshow, the hosts regularly chat about their personal lives. It could be this week, or she could do it after 'Big Brother, ' but she will be leaving.

Chen had been a fixture on the show since its inception in 2009 alongside original co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne but she was noticeably absent from the season premiere on September 10, which was one day after Moonves' exit. Together, they have a son, Charlie. I spent every day with you both.

But she has publicly offered support for her husband since the allegations first surfaced in a story published by The New Yorker in July. Moonves has denied the allegations. I fully support my husband, and I stand behind him and his statement'.

Following the publication of that story, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, Chen issued a statement in which she called Moonves "a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader".

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