Julie Chen leaving 'The Talk' following husband Les Moonves' CBS exit

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Moonves, who has served as CBS' longtime CEO, exited the company on September 9.

Chen skipped the ninth season premiere of "The Talk" last week and did not appear in any subsequent episodes after news of Moonves' exit broke.

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.

Chen returned to her other CBS program, Big Brother, last week, and taped her message announcing her exit from The Talk on the set of the reality competition series. After which, she had told The Talk viewers, "I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever". "It is a privilege that I will forever be grateful for".

To Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne, who started "The Talk" with her, she said, "I've spent every day with you both. I wouldn't be surprised if [CBS] asked her not to come back", the source said. On the show, her fellow co-hosts reacted to the news. On the talkshow, the hosts regularly chat about their personal lives. Whether or not she will return to host the next installment of Big Brother Celebrity or Big Brother 21 (presuming that Big Brother gets renewed) is up in the air.

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"I know this show, and the sisterhood it stands for, will live on for many, many, many more years to come", Chen said.

Chen did not refer to Moonves by name in her video message on Tuesday, nor did she make reference to the allegations that ended his 20-year tenure atop the network. Together, they have a son, Charlie. I will always treasure our friendship, the great parenting advice from both of you and the memories and laughs and all the private jokes that the three of us have shared. Veteran TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb told the magazine that Moonves once physically restrained her while forcing her to perform oral sex and, in later incidents, exposed himself to her and became physically violent.

"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader", she said. In a statement, she said she would be off for a few days, but she did not address the allegations against her husband.

She publicly supported Moonves after a first round of accusations last month, saying he was a "decent and moral human being".

Shortly after resigning as CEO of CBS, Moonves denied the new sexual misconduct allegations.

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