Julie Chen quit the CBS talk show “The Talk” after strongly defending her husband and former CBS president Les Moonves against multiple accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of women that were reported by The New Yorker.
Chen made no mention of husband’s alleged victims — one of whom Moonves admitted to forcing himself on (his doctor) — in a two-minute video that played at the end of the broadcast:
I have been at the The Talk since the day it started nine years ago and the cast, crew and staff have become family over the years.
Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I have decided to leave The Talk. To everyone behind the scenes, I send you my love, and I will miss you all very, very much.
Chin offered this strong defense of Moonves on Twitter on July 27:
— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) July 27, 2018
On July 30, Chin defended Moonves again on “The Talk,” reported The Hollywood Reporter:
Some of you may be aware of what’s been going on in my life the past few days. I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter. And I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever.
Chen was silent when Moonves negotiated his exit from CBS, while The New Yorker reported on Sept. 9 on more women whom he allegedly abused.
Chen was silent again when Moonves admitted on Sept. 18 to forcing himself on his female doctor, noted Vanity Fair.