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Hosts of The Talk (Minus Julie Chen) Take on Les Moonves After CBS Ouster: ‘Obviously the Man Has a Problem’

CBS show The Talk took an awkward and emotional turn on Monday as the show addressed Les Moonves‘ ouster from the network in the Season 9 premiere.

Julie Chen was absent from the show, having released a statement saying she’s taking time off to be with her family. This comes after Moonves, Chen’s husband, departed CBS after six more women spoke to Ronan Farrow and accused the ex-network chief of sexual misconduct.

Sharron Osbourne led the show with this news, saying “it’s very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about her husband, but we do, we feel its right.” Osbourne appeared shaken by the new wave of allegations against Moonves, particularly as she recalled how she was asked to defend Moonves months ago despite only knowing him on a “superficial” level.

“Obviously the man has a problem,” Osbourne said. “After more women have come out these stories that are so similar, the pattern is so similar, that for me – he’s not been convicted of any crime, but obviously the man has a problem.”

Sara Gilbert added that despite her friendship with Chen, “this is an important time in our culture, and just because this hits close to home, it doesn’t change the story.”

“All women’s stories, and these women’s stories, matter,” Gilbert said. “This is very serious, and the appropriate actions need to take place. I am happy when women are heard because for a long time, they haven’t been.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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