AceShowbiz - U.S. TV personality Julie Chen is leaving her hit chat show "The Talk" following her husband Les Moonves' sexual misconduct controversy.
Moonves resigned as chairman and executive officer of CBS last week (ends September 14) after six women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault and harassment in a New Yorker article, which followed a report suggesting six different women had filed sexual misconduct complaints in July.
Chen, who has been married to the former CBS boss since 2004, has been absent from "The Talk" since it's ninth season premiere earlier this month, and on Tuesday, September 18 she announced she is stepping down as co-host.
"I have been at 'The Talk' since the day it started nine years ago, and the cast, crew and staff have become family to me over the years," she said in a taped statement. "But right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I've decided to leave 'The Talk'. I want to thank everyone at the show for our wonderful years together..."
Farewell ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/1eOCpelor1— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) September 18, 2018
"We've been together since day one at The Talk," she added. "I've spent every day with you both... We are the original Three Musketeers... You ladies got this, and I cannot be more proud to call you my friends. I love you."