Julie Chen absent from Season 9 premiere of ‘The Talk’ ‘taking time off to be with her family’

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Julie Chen, moderator of “The Talk” and wife to now former CBS CEO and chairman Leslie Moonves did not appear on the Season 9 premiere of the show, though the rest of the co-hosts did address the story.

  • Chen remains in the show’s open, but when the hosts entered the studio, she was missing — leaving only four co-hosts.
  • Sharon Osborne, seated to the left of Chen’s normal position, made the “bittersweet” announcement that Chen would be taking time off to spend time with her family.
  • Eve, meanwhile, sat in the chair normally occupied by Chen.
  • In addition, “The Talk” is — somewhat conveniently — trying out a view guest co-host format this season.
  • The rest of the normal co-hosts, including Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood, all appeared on the episode and all four hosts at times became quiet and emotional when the topic of Moonves came up.