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Julie Chen Skips 'The Talk'

Stays home as husband faces #MeToo claims


Julie Chen doesn't want to talk about it.

The 48-year-old co-host of CBS' "The Talk" didn't report for today's first day of work on the weekday chat show, one day after her husband, Les Moonves, resigned as the network's chief executive in the wake of mounting claims of sexual harassment.

"I am taking a few days off from 'The Talk' to be with my family," Chen said in a statement. "I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on 'Big Brother.'"

Chen has hosted the prime-time reality show since its inception in 2000 and has been the moderator of "The Talk" since its debut in 2010.

Chen's co-hosts on "The Talk"—Sharon Osbourne, Sarah Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood—addressed the Moonves situation this afternoon at the beginning of the show's season premiere. All three expressed their support for Chen, but agreed that Moonves, 68, needed to step down.

"Just because this hits close to home, it doesn't change the story," said Gilbert. "All women's stories matter and these women's stories matter. This is very serious and the appropriate actions need to take place."

The New Yorker, which broke the Moonves story in July, reported on Sunday that six more women are now accusing Moonves of sexual misconduct dating as far back as the 1980s, from groping and harassment to forcing them to perform oral sex.

Moonves claims he had consensual sex with three of the six women who made their allegations public on Sunday. He was reportedly negotiating a $100 million severance package when the latest story broke.

Now, CBS has instead agreed to make a $20 million donation to groups that battle against sexual harassment and promote safe workplaces.