'The Talk's Julie Chen confirms exit in tearful video message: 'I will always cherish the memories we shared'

Julie Chen officially parted ways with The Talk on Tuesday, little more than one week after husband Les Moonves was fired from CBS in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Chen said goodbye to the daytime series via a pre-taped message on Tuesday’s broadcast, in which she 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.”

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. You are even more beautiful on the inside than you are on the outside, if that’s even possible, because you know I think you are flawless.”

To Sheryl Underwood, she said, “Thank you for being the perfect go-to partner for the last seven years. I open, you close, and you always bring down the house… Your wit and timing and humor and compassion and intelligence is simply unparalleled.”

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NEW YORK - APRIL 11: CBS president and Viacom CEO Leslie Moonves and his wife TV personality Julie Chen arrive to the American Theater Wing Annual Dinner. This year's Spring benefit honors CBS Television and it's chairman Leslie Moonves held at Cipriani's 42nd St. April 11, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves during 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Mortons in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen during CBS at 75 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 7: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves attend the New York premiere of Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill Vol. 1' at the Ziegfeld Theater October 7, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves;Julie Chen attends the 59th Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall, New York BRIAN ZAK. (Photo by Brian ZAK/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen during The Museum of Television & Radio Honors Leslie Moonves and Jerry Bruckheimer - Arrivals at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves during Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios' World Premiere of 'Freedomland' at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 30: CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves (R) and TV personality Julie Chen arrive at the first annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 30, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 06: President and CEO of the CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves and his wife Julie Chen attend the grand opening of the CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on September 6, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mary Schwalm/Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend the '63rd Annual Tony Awards' at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
CBS News anchor Julie Chen and husband, CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves attend the 2011 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: TV personality Julie Chen and President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS CorporationLeslie Moonves arrive at The Weinstein Company And Relativity Media's 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves arrives at the 2012 TCA Summer Tour - CBS, Showtime And The CW Party at 9900 Wilshire Blvd on July 29, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: TV personality Julie Chen AND President & CEO of the CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the Vanity Fair Party during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend The Weinstein Company's 2013 Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: TV personality Julie Chen and CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves attend AFI's 41st Life Achievement Award Tribute to Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 23647_003_SK_1164.JPG (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: President and chief executive officer of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves and television personality Julie Chen attend the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Producer Julie Chen and President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party at State Supreme Courthouse on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Producer Julie Chen (L) and President of CBS Leslie Moonves attend Universal Music Group's 2016 GRAMMY after party at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen attend the 2015 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Julie Chen (L) and CBS' Leslie Moonves arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Julie Chen (L) and CBS' Leslie Moonves arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Television personality Julie Chen (L) and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves attend the premiere of CBS's 'Star Trek: Discovery' at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
THE OSCARS(r) - The 89th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. (Tyler Golden/ABC via Getty Images) JULIE CHEN, LESLIE MOONVES
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Lastly, she addressed Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne: “We’ve been together since Day 1 at The Talk. I’ve spent every day with you both. I will always treasure our friendship, the great parenting advice from both of you and the memories and laughs and all the private jokes that the three of us have shared. We are the original Three Musketeers. I love you all, and I know that this show, and the sisterhood that it stands for, will live on for many, many, many more years to come. You ladies got this, and I cannot be more proud to call you my friends. I love you.”

Gilbert then closed the episode by saying, “First of all, thank you so much, Julie for the kind words. I created this show as a place for friends to come together, and I know I speak for all the hosts when I say we thank you for eight years of dear friendship and for all that you did to contribute to the success of this show. We love you, Julie.”

Moonves, who has been married to Chen since 2004, resigned from his roles as CBS chairman and CEO on Sept. 9, after a second New Yorker exposé by Ronan Farrow revealed more allegations of sexual misconduct. Six more women — in addition to the six that came forward in Farrow’s first article on July 27 — accused Moonves of forcing them to perform oral sex on him, exposing himself and verbally abusing them when they rebuffed his advances, among other things.

Following Moonves’ firing, Chen was absent from The Talk‘s Season 9 premiere, instead releasing a statement that read, “I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family. I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on Big Brother.”

Indeed, on the Sept. 13 episode of Big Brother, Chen showed support for her husband with her conspicuous sign-off from the broadcast: “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good night.” (This was the second time Chen publicly stood behind Moonves: After the initial harassment allegations surfaced in July, Chen’s statement on Twitter referred to Moonves as “a kind, decent and moral human being” whom she would “fully support.”)

Chen had been a co-host on The Talk since the series launched in October 2010.

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Julie Chen and her family together
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 22: (L-R) Julie Chen, Charlie Moonves and Les Moonves attend the 2018 Simon Wiesenthal Center National Tribute Dinner Honoring Leslie Moonves at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Producer Julie Chen, Charlie Mooves and President of CBS Leslie Moonves attend The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Sarah Moonves, Les Moonves, Charlie Moonves and Julie Chen attend the 2017 American Songbook Gala at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) Sara Moonves, CBS Corporation chairman, president and CEO Leslie Moonves, Charlie Moonves and Julie Chen attend Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala red carpet at Alice Tully Hall on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) TV personality Julie Chen, Charlie Moonves and Les Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation arrive at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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