Julie Chen Leaving 'The Talk' After 9 Seasons Amid Les Moonves Scandal (VIDEO)

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UPDATE:

Julie Chen confirmed her exit from The Talk on Tuesday's episode, as previously reported by CNN.

At the end of the program, a video message was played in which Chen said: “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. 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.”

ORIGINAL:

Julie Chen is officially stepping away from The Talk.

According to CNN, the co-host is planning on announcing the news via videotaped message on Tuesday's episode. Her decision comes a little more than one week after her husband, Les Moonves, was ousted as CEO of CBS after over 12 women accused him of sexual harassment and assault.

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As TV Insider previously reported, Chen has supported her husband throughout the scandal. She most recently signed off from Big Brother by saying, "I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Good night."

The day after the ousting news broke, Chen announced that she "was taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family" but "will be back soon."

In her absence from The Talk, Chen's co-host haven't back away from addressing the controversy. Sharon Osbourne said, "It's very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie’s] husband, but… we feel it’s right."

Sara Gilbert added it's "an important time in our culture. And just because this hits close to home, it doesn’t change this story. All women’s stories matter. This is very serious and the appropriate actions need to take place."

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