Julie Chen Leaving 'The Talk' but Staying with 'Big Brother'
It's official. Julie Chen is leaving The Talk after her husband Les Moonves stepped down from CBS. The network is investigating the allegations of twelve women who accused him of misconduct that happened decades ago.
Chen has not appeared on the new season of the daytime talk show since Moonves left the network where he had worked for 24 years. He was the president and CEO of CBS at the time he left his job.
The ninth season of The Talk premiered on Monday, September 10. However, Julie was not there to moderate and host the show. People have been speculating what she would do after the scandal broke about her husband of 14 years and the father of their 8-year-old son Charlie.
The other daytime talk shows and people on social media have been guessing what the 48-year-old host, moderator, and co-founder of The Talk would do. On Tuesday, September 18, the show aired a videotaped message from Julie that she made from outside the Big Brother house.
Reason for Chen's Videotaped Message
Moonves was accused of misconduct by six women, according to a story by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker last July. Julie made a statement that she was supporting Moonves because he is a good man, a loving father, and a devoted husband. She tweeted at the time and made a statement on The Talk that she would stand by what she said and would not make another statement about the situation "not now, not tomorrow, and not ever."
A second story by Farrow appeared in The New Yorker story on Sunday, September 9. He wrote about six more women accusing Moonves. Moonves had already been in exit talks with the network. Even though he has denied the allegations, CBS confirmed his exit on Sunday. It was just one day before the premiere of Season 9 of The Talk.
Chen has not appeared on the new season of the talk show since her husband's exit from the same network that airs her program. It would have been hypocritical for Chen to continue on the talk show and not to discuss her own husband as she has talked about Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Bill Cosby and other men who were accused of some of the same things as her own husband were accused of. In light of the #MeToo Movement, the best course of action was for Julie to step down.
The Videotaped Message
Julie Chen's absence was in the second week. On Tuesday, September 18, she made a video from outside the Big Brother house that was aired at the end of the broadcast of The Talk.
Chen barely kept it together as she made her statement while her co-hosts were very emotional as they sat around the table. Sheryl Underwood was seen with tears streaming down her face after the video ended.
The moderator of the talk show did not mention the allegations against her husband at all during the two-minute message. However, it did contain all the appropriate information. She reminded viewers that she had been a co-founder of The Talk since it started nine seasons ago. She had good things to say about her co-hosts, crew, and staff. She said they were being a family for her. She explained to them that at this particular time she needs to spend more time at home with her husband and their young son. Therefore, she has decided to leave the show she loves.
The former moderator took the time to pay tribute to each of co-hosts she has worked with over the years. She called each of them by their names and said something encouraging. She must have been watching Tuesday's show because she said to guest host Carrie Ann Inaba, “In my opinion, you look awfully good sitting there, my Asian sister. I’m just saying!”
I have decided to leave the show.
CBS Made a Statement
CBS issued its own statement following Chen's taped message. The network praised Julie for her incredible energy, grace, talents, and professionalism. CBS acknowledged that Chen played a big role in the success of the Emmy-Award winning daytime talk show. The network said it respects her decision and wishes her the best.
Not Leaving "Big Brother"
Fans of Big Brother can relax now. Julie is not leaving the reality show that she has been hosting for 18 years. That is not a talk show like The Talk where the goal is to talk about news concerning women empowerment, celebrities and things that would be uncomfortable for Chen to talk about as she has done in the past.
Her job is not as demanding on Big Brother that does not air every day year round. She doesn't have to be present for the show to go on. She appears only one full day and about an hour on another day for taping.
Big Brother finale is next week. Soon the host will have the free time she needs to focus on her family.