It’s now official — Julie Chen is leaving The Talk, and will not be making another appearance on the daytime series in-person (at least for now).
According to a report from CNN, Tuesday’s episode will feature a video-taped message from Chen confirming her exit. A source told the publication the following:
“She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband’s name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son.”
The source did note that Chen will continue to host Big Brother, with our assumption being that this commitment is good through at least the end of the season. We’ll see what happens over the next few months, but we wouldn’t be altogether surprised if she sticks around given that this show doesn’t need to focus much on her personal life. She’s attached to Big Brother as a part of its brand at this point and there may be a belief from all parties that she can continue to do that in some shape or form.
As for whether or not this is the right move for Chen to make, that’s really her own decision — we know that viewers were polarized on whether or not she should return to the show following her husband Les Moonves’ exit as the head of CBS in the wake of the Me Too movement. Regardless of personal sentiments, this is a big move for The Talk given that this is a show that has had relative stability for the majority of its run. It’s fairly big news when something comes in and upsets that metaphorical apple cart a little bit. Luckily, this show does have a good rotating panel of guest hosts that it can dip into until it eventually decides to find someone else to take her place on a more permanent basis. Sara Gilbert, who is behind the original vision of the series, and Sharon Osbourne remain the two original panelists still on board.
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