Julie Chen, the wife of former CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, held back tears as she said goodbye the network's daytime show "The Talk."
"Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son," Chen said in a taped video played at the end of Tuesday's show. "I've decided to leave The Talk."
"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, addressing her co-hosts.
Chen had been absent from the show since the season premiere on Sept. 10.
"We are grateful for her many other contributions, respect her decision and wish Julie all the best in everything she does," CBS said in an emailed statement.
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The daytime series, which airs on the CBS network and is produced by CBS Television, involves discussion about issues of the day. Chen, 48, found herself in a delicate situation when her husband became part of the news.