Julie Chen announces she's leaving CBS daytime talk show 'The Talk'

/ Source: TODAY

Julie Chen is leaving the CBS daytime talk show "The Talk."

Chen, who hasn't appeared on the show since its Sept. 10 season premiere, revealed the news in a tearful prerecorded video that aired near the end of Tuesday's episode.

"Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son," Chen said in the video. "So, I've decided to leave 'The Talk.'"

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"I love you all and I know this show and the sisterhood it stands for will live on for many, many, many more years to come," she said, calling her co-hosts and crew a "family."

Her departure comes more than a week after Chen's husband, former CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves, left the company following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

The couple married in 2004 and share one son together, 8-year-old Charlie.

Chen served as co-host and moderator on "The Talk" since its 2010 premiere. She also serves as host of the long-running CBS reality competition show "Big Brother."

On last Thursday's episode of "Big Brother," the 48-year-old television personality signaled her support for her husband. Though she kept up her usual peppy banter with contestants, at the end of the show, she made a subtle but significant change to her usual sign-off.

Rather than simply saying, "I'm Julie Chen. Good night," as she has for 20 seasons, she added one word.

"I'm Julie Chen Moonves," she said with a smile. "Good night."

Julie Chen, far right, acted as co-host and moderator on "The Talk" since its 2010 premiere. Sonja Flemming/CBS

When buzz about sexual harassment and intimidation allegations first began to swirl around Moonves in July, Chen tweeted that he was a "good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader."

On Tuesday, CBS issued a statement thanking Chen for her "incredible energy, grace and professionalism."

“Her talents played a big role in our successful launch of CBS’ first network daytime talk show, and in the series growth into an Emmy Award-winning broadcast," the statement read. "... We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision and wish Julie all the best in everything she does.”