Julie Chen Bids Emotional Farewell to The Talk: ‘I Need to Spend More Time at Home’
As first reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter, Julie Chen did indeed announce her departure from the CBS roundtable show The Talk on Tuesday.
In a two-minute video played at the end of the broadcast, Chen made one brief reference to her husband, Les Moonves — who was ousted last week as CBS chief as he faces a host of sexual harassment allegations.
“I have been at the The Talk since the day it started nine years ago and the cast, crew and staff have become family over the years,” Chen said. “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’s voice cracked at one point during the address when she said goodbye to her staff.
“To everyone behind the scenes, I send you my love, and I will miss you all very, very much,” she said.
After Chen’s comments, Talk creator Sara Gilbert — who has co-hosted the show with Chen since its inception in 2009 — thanked Chen for her time on the program.
“I created this show as a place for friends to come together, and I know I speak for all hosts when I say we thank you for eight years of dear friendship, and all that you did to contribute to the success of this show,” Gilbert said. “We love you, Julie.”
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