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

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Julie Chen announced Tuesday she is leaving her hosting gig on CBS's The Talk - almost a week after her husband, ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves, resigned amid several allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.

Sources close to the popular morning talk show tell TMZ that Tuesday's show will include a videotape of Chen informing the in-house and television audience that she is quitting the show effectively right away. After the video ended, Gilbert said goodbye to Chen, speaking on behalf of the entire cast.

One of her co-hosts, Sara Gilbert, said "we love you, Julie", after the taped message was over and just before the show concluded.

During the September 10 season premiere, Chen's co-hosts held a conversation on the allegations against Moonves, during which time Sara Gilbert acknowledged that while she "always" supports Chen, this is "an important time in our culture". I want to thank everyone at the show for our wonderful years together. Husband Leslie Moonves had just stepped down as CEO of CBS Corp.

The most recent allegations against Moonves, which follow-up on original allegations made in late July, were published in The New Yorker, and reportedly range from the mid-1980s into the early 2000s. I fully support my husband, and I stand behind him and his statement'. Though she didn't directly address allegations against Moonves, she said, "I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son, so I've chose to leave 'The Talk'".

Chen then turned her attention to her co-hosts, telling Eve, "You're the newest one at the table, but I feel like I've known you forever". Her departure was emotional, as she held back tears in her pre-recorded message to fans. Chen also came out on "The Talk" and arrogantly criticized Jackson for the faux pas. Moonves acknowledged relations with three of the women but said they were consensual, and that he had never used his position to hurt women's careers.

Chen and Moonves have been married since 2004 and have an eight-year-old son, Charlie.

"He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being", she said. 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.

Moonves denied the allegations and asserted that it was all part of a "concerted effort" to take him down.

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