Tyler announced her exit from the CBS show on Thursday with an emotional, tear-filled speech at the top of the hour. She cited her other TV commitments and desire to direct films as part of her decision.
"I just realized I had to let something go and it's been the hardest decision of my life because you guys are my family," she said, choking up. "I love being with you every day and I love being out here with you every day."
Tyler joined the show in Season Two back in 2011.
"Every single one of you were so full of love and support for me and it made me feel very brave, very supported and very brave," she continued. "This is my home, I'm going to come back to guest host, promote my movies here, I'm going to promote my shows here, I'm going to be haunting you."
"When you get Academy Award tickets, we need to be with you" Sheryl Underwood joked.
"You have made the last six years of my life so solid and funny and smart and just secure, I couldn't fly this plane with any other person to my right," Julie Chen added.
Chen added Tyler will stay on the show through July.