Julie Chen Has Confirmed She Is Leaving 'The Talk'


It is official. Julie Chen has confirmed she is leaving CBS' The Talk after her husband, Les Moonves, stepped down from CBS' CEO after more women came forward of sexual misconduct last week.

Chen's decision is effective immediately, according to two sources close to her. She will address the decision through a videotaped message to viewers on Tuesday's episode.

"She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband's name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son," one of the sources said.

The sources said she will continue to host the CBS reality show "Big Brother."

Chen took some time off from "The Talk" when Moonves' departure was announced. On the show, her fellow co-hosts reacted to the news. It seemed unlikely that she would return to the set, given the obvious tension that would exist every time the hosts discussed the #MeToo movement.

When Chen did not appear on Monday's episode, speculation increased about her exit.

Page Six reported on Monday evening that she was leaving the show, but said "a date for her exit hasn't been set yet."

By signing off through a videotaped message, Chen will sidestep any awkward conversations with her longtime co-hosts.

The sources said she made up her mind about leaving the talk show after spending time with her family late last week.

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