Five years after announcing her departure from the CBS daytime series, the former talk show host has addressed the decision publicly for the first time, suggesting her departure from the show wasn’t as amicable as it appeared.
“That was a hard time,” Julie, 53, said during her Sept. 18 appearance on Good Morning America. “I felt stabbed in the back. I was, you know.”
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In September 2018, days after her husband Les Moonves resigned as CEO of the network amid sexual misconduct allegations, Julie confirmed she would not return as a co-host after eight years on the show. At the time, the Big Brother host—who shares son Charlie, now 13, with the former network executive—attributed her decision to spending more time with her family.