While Julie Chen was still MIA on "The Talk," her co-hosts continued to speak about the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding her husband, Les Moonves, on Tuesday's episode.
The topic at hand: CBS keeping the results of their probe into Moonves private, as part of his separation agreement with the company. While CBS hired two outside law firms to investigate the allegations against Moonves, it also agreed to "seek to preserve the confidentiality" of the reports "to the maximum extent possible consistent with fiduciary duties of directors and all applicable laws."
"Secrecy, it causes more questions," said Sheryl Underwood, agreeing with Gayle King's call for more transparency from the company. "Transparency brings clarity. What we need to find out is what internal controls lapsed, how do we tighten these things, how do we make sure this never happens again, how do we make sure that if you have an issue you can bring it to somebody to be resolved. We need to get to solutions, not maintain secrecy."
Sharon Osbourne added that she didn't like the agreement either, saying it only continues to foster an unequal work environment.
"How are women ever going to feel comfortable in the workplace if they still think that power and money will be held over their head?" she asked. "It's never going to end, it shouldn't be allowed for anybody, anybody to have the verdict kept sealed. It's not fair to women, it'll never end."
Guest Jodie Sweetin of "Fuller House" then chimed in, saying that the #MeToo movement has proved that "secrecy no longer works."
"I think that if we have any hope of preventing this in the future, people need to know, this stuff is gonna come out, you cannot have bad behavior, you cannot act like this without it being known," she added. "That might stop it."
"I think it would be difficult to work at a company feeling like things aren't going to be told if things go wrong or things are done that put women or anyone in a compromising position," said Sara Gilbert. "You want to feel that it's going to become public. I also feel like these women were very brave in speaking what their truth is and so if the stories are true, so if the stories are true, they deserve to be corroborated. Les is saying they're not true, so I would think, in equal measure, he would want the results put out."
Eve agreed, saying "the truth needs to be told" and "transparency helps the fear to go away." She added, "There should be no more fear of telling your story and sharing your story, so it is needed."