Julie Chen Reportedly Quitting 'The Talk' Amid Husband Les Moonves' Scandal


Julie Chen is reportedly leaving CBS' The Talk, just a week after her husband Les Moonves stepped down as head of the company following multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations. It could be this week, or she could do it after 'Big Brother, ' but she will be leaving.

This was the first time Chen used her full married name in the history of the show - she's been playing host to "Big Brother" for 18 years. When a second wave emerged earlier this month, in a report by journalist Ronan Farrow, she did not appear on the show.

Julie Chen did return to live TV last week to helm the double eviction episode of Big Brother.

Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in February 2016. During the September 10 season premiere, Chen's co-hosts held a conversation on the allegations against Moonves, during which time Sara Gilbert acknowledged that while she "always" supports Chen, this is "an important time in our culture". Behar asked, suggesting #MeToo would be off limits "unless Julie Chen-Moonves comes clean". He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being.

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But despite her public support towards him, HollywoodLife reported via an insider at CBS that she is actually 'completely heartbroken by the humiliating allegations against her husband which have preceded his leaving CBS.

"The Talk" co-host released a statement when Moonves was ousted, stating that she planned to be with her family but would be on-air in time for 'Big Brother. I fully support my husband, and I stand behind him and his statement'.

Talk show host Wendy Williams was the latest to weigh in on Chen's decision to stand by her man at the cost of her career at CBS. She's hosted the show since 2000.