Julie Chen has officially left “The Talk” after eight years. The TV personality and wife of former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, who left the company on Sept. 9 after multiple sexual assault allegations, announced her departure in a video shown on Tuesday’s episode of the daytime talk show.
Chen got emotional in her pre-taped statement. She had been with the show since it launched in 2010, but said she needs to leave to spend time with her family.
“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,” Chen said. “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. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared. Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. To everyone behind the scenes … I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much.”
She gave thanks to each of her “Talk” co-hosts as well in the two-and-a-half-minute statement.
To Eve, she said, “You’re the newest one at the table, but I feel like I’ve known you forever. You are even more beautiful on the inside than you are on the outside, if that’s even possible, because you know I think you are flawless.”
Chen thanked Sheryl Underwood for being her “go-to partner.” She said, “Your wit and timing and humor and compassion and intelligence is simply unparalleled.”
To Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne, who started “The Talk” with her, she said, “I’ve spent every day with you both. 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. We are the original Three Musketeers. I love you all, and I know that this show, and the sisterhood that it stands for, will live on for many, many, many more years to come. You ladies got this, and I cannot be more proud to call you my friends. I love you.”
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SOURCE: CBS News, Andrea Park