UPDATE: Moments ago, The Talk played a recorded message from Julie Chen announcing she is leaving The Talk. “Right now I need to spend more time at home,” Julie said tearing up. “So I’ve decided to leave the talk. I will always cherish the memories we shared.”
There has been speculation as to whether or not that would be the case since she announced she was taking time off from the show to be with her family in the wake of husband and CBS boss Les Moonves stepping down after sexual misconduct accusations. After Julie was again a no-show on Monday’s The Talk, the start of the show’s second week into its new season, speculation turned to almost certainty.
But the big question now for us and Big Brother fans is will Julie Chen quit Big Brother? As of now there are no reports she will be stepping down as host of Big Brother. As we saw last Thursday, she showed up and hosted as usual (aside from her new sign-off as “Julie Chen Moonves”). So right now the answer is presumably no, Julie Chen isn’t quitting Big Brother. Whether or not she will return to host the next installment of Big Brother Celebrity or Big Brother 21 (presuming that Big Brother gets renewed) is up in the air.
Page Six says it is unclear whether or not Julie leaving The Talk was her idea or if she was asked to step down. They said their source said she may have been asked to do so, and should be making the official announcement herself soon. She will also hopefully include the news that she will continue hosting Big Brother for the rest of the season at least.
So needless to say Julie is standing by her husband, as indicated by her sign-off from Big Brother last week. Page Six says their source close to the situation said Julie has every intention of standing by Les Moonves.
CBS or Julie Chen have not confirmed her departure from The Talk.