“I love you all and I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many, many, many more years to come,” she said, addressing her co-hosts.
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“We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision and wish Julie all the best in everything she does,” CBS said in an emailed statement.
The daytime series, which airs on the CBS network and is produced by CBS Television, involves discussion about issues of the day. Chen, 48, found herself in a delicate situation when her husband became part of the news.
Julie Chen and Les Moonves in Los Angeles in 2014.Chris Pizzello / AP fileMoonves stepped down from the company earlier this month after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct by women Moonves had worked with during his career. CBS has hired two law firms to investigate the claims. Moonves has denied any wrongdoing.
Sharon Osbourne, co-host of “The Talk,” had initially backed Moonves on air, and then spoke out against him on the show last week.
Stern also expressed distaste for how Moonves wife, Julie Chen, is handling the accusations against her husband.
Chen has worked at CBS since 1999, and married Leslie Moonves in 2004. She has supported Moonves throughout the scandal, tweeting out a statement in June.
She put that support on display on Sunday, appearing on “Big Brother” for her usual hosting duties and signing off by adding her husbands name to her own.
Julie Chen, The Talk host and wife of Les Moonves, announced she is leaving the show amid sexual misconduct allegations against the former CBS CEO.
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 right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I have decided to leave The Talk, Chen said in an announcement on the show. She held back tears as she thanked her co-workers.
I want to thank everyone at the show for the wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared, Chen said. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for.
She then thanked everyone behind the scenes at the show. 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, Chen said.
Earlier this month, Moonves resigned after at last 12 women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct, Fox News reported. Moonves now will advise CBS for a year in order to provide for a smooth transition of his duties, it was reported.