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The Talk: Julie Chen Officially Exits

The Talk: Julie Chen Officially Exits

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. To everyone behind the scenes ... Your wit, timing, humor, compassion and intelligence is simply unparalleled. "Your man is one of them and goodness only knows how much of this you knew about what he was doing". I created this show as a place for friends to come together and I know I speak for all hosts when I say we thank you for eight years of dear friendship and all that you did to contribute to the success of this show, ' said Gilbert.

Chen turned to deliver individual thanks to her co-hosts, Eve and Sheryl Underwood, with a special thank you to Osborne and Gilbert. We are the original Three Musketeers.

However, Chen is believed to be maintaining her role as host of "Big Brother". All of us here have tremendous appreciation for the dedication and passion she brought to the show every day and for her generous role as an ambassador for CBS Daytime. Chen issued a statement ahead of September 10's edition of "The Talk", the day after Moonves resigned, saying she was taking time off to spend with her family.

Chen's bombshell comes just nine days after CBS confirmed the network and Moonves were parting ways. "We love you, Julie".

But despite her public support towards him, HollywoodLife reported via an insider at CBS that she is actually 'completely heartbroken by the humiliating allegations against her husband which have preceded his leaving CBS. However, this is an important time in our culture, and just because this hits close to home, it doesn't change the story. All women's stories matter. Moonves has denied their claims, while Chen issued a statement over Twitter.

Moonves' three-paragraph statement said, "untrue allegations from decades ago" are being made against him and are not consistent with who he is. 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's a good man and loving father, a devoted husband and an inspiring corporate leader. "I fully support my husband".

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