Julie Chen Leaving The Talk; Will She Also Leave Big Brother?

Julie Chen quits The Talk as she stands by her disgraced hubby

After Julie was again a no-show on Monday's The Talk, the start of the show's second week into its new season, speculation turned to nearly certainty. The CBS personality, who is married to ousted network chairman Leslie Moonves, will announce Tuesday that she's leaving the daytime talk show, EW has confirmed.

Ms. Chen hasn't been on "The Talk" since Mr. Moonves resigned under pressure from CBS's board and controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc. On the show, her fellow co-hosts reacted to the news.

The move isn't a surprising one, given The Talk's dedication to discussing issues exactly like the scandal Chen and her husband are now embroiled in.

It's unclear how long Chen could remain on board at "Big Brother", although a source told the Journal that she hoped to stay with the program for "years to come".

It is said to have been the first time Chen has used her married name on the show shes been hosting for almost two decades.

Last week viewers were thrown when Chen closed "Big Brother" by using her full-married name, Julie Chen Moonves, clearly showing support for her husband Les Moonves, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.

Moonves has denied the allegations, but he agreed to donate $20 million from any severance benefits he may receive from CBS to the Me Too movement.

Page Six reported on Monday evening that she was leaving the show, but said "a date for her exit hasn't been set yet". "Good night." Usually, she leaves out "Moonves". The decision comes one week after her husband, Les Moonves, stepped down from his position as CEO of CBS amidst accusations of sexual misconduct. "Some of you may be aware of what's been going on in my life the past few days", she said.

"He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being", Chen wrote in his defense this summer. In the past, she had not used his last name.

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