Julie Chen, Wife of Les Moonves, to Leave ‘The Talk’ on CBS


At the end of the episode she signed off by saying: 'From outside the Big Brother house, I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Last week, Chen said she was taking a few days off from the series in the wake of her husband Les Moonves' departure from CBS as chairman and CEO after a wave of allegations of sexual assault.

A Chen-Moonves source wants us to believe it was her decision to walk away from the show, while also revealing that she will remain on as host of Big Brother. "Good night." Usually, she just says "Julie Chen".

It's not a surprising move for Chen considering The Talk is a show where you have to, well, talk about current events.

CBS did not respond to multiple requests for comment. While some think she may have been pushed out, others believe that she gave up the job in order to avoid awkward on-air conversations with her co-hosts.

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On Sept. 9, the New Yorker reported the women's accusations, which include Moonves allegedly forcing them to perform oral sex. Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader.

"He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being", Chen wrote in his defense this summer.

Chen's Talk co-hosts previously discussed their longtime leader's absence on the September 10 premiere, with Sharon Osbourne confessing, "It's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie's] husband, but... we feel it's right". On the day he left CBS, he said "untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am". Moonves has been a CBS boss since 1995. Moonves has denied the allegations.

The statement she's referring to read, "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years. I fully support my husband and stand by him".