On Tuesday, September 18th, Julie Chen announced in an emotional, recorded message that she would be leaving The Talk effective immediately to focus on her family and home life. While the news came as a surprise to no one, it did leave many people questioning whether or not Julie Chen would also announce her departure from CBS’ hit reality shows Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother.
On Sunday, September 9th, Les Moonves resigned as CEO from CBS when a staggering six additional women stepped forward with allegations of sexual assault against Julie Chen’s husband. For the first time in nearly two decades, Julie signed off the Big Brother air by using her full married name, Julie Chen-Moonves, signaling that she intends to stand at Les’ side, regardless of accusations.
Julie had made a statement before season nine of The Talk aired that she would be taking a brief break, but returned only to announce her leave. Her co-hosts of the popular talk show were gracious and accepting of Julie’s heartfelt message to each of them. Her words even brought tears to the eyes of her co-hosts. Julie has stated that she is going to continue standing by her husband today, tomorrow, and forever. Any chances of The Talk’s den mother returning to the show are highly unlikely.
Regarding Big Brother, Julie has advised CBS network executives that she wants to remain hosting the reality show like she’s done for the past 18 years. Officially, Big Brother 21 hasn’t been announced. However, Julie Chen’s contract runs for the next season of Celebrity Big Brother at the beginning of 2019, and one more season of Big Brother. Currently, the consensus is to keep Julie Chen-Moonves as the host of the Celebrity Big Brother, which is in the middle of auditions, and the main Big Brother next year.
It is likely that Julie Chen-Moonves is going to continue being under the microscope while investigations into the allegations made against her husband get underway. Julie Chen has always maintained how crucial it is to speak and step forward as a woman, and has shown pride in being a successful, strong, business woman.
Whether or not her decision to continue backing someone with 12 allegations of sexual misconduct is going to impact her career negatively, only time is going to tell. However, whoever permanently takes over the empty chair at The Talk has some big shoes to fill. While the show auditions and looks into a new permanent host, guest celebrity hosts are going to be filling the chair. Continue watching The Talk for more up to date information on who the new host is set to be.