Four of the hosts of “The Talk” — Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood — joined us for a webcam chat (watch above) just hours after word came that CBS had renewed the show for a seventh season. And if that weren’t reason enough to celebrate, they (along with co-creator Sara Gilbert) are up for Best Entertainment Talk Show Hosts at this Sunday’s Daytime Emmys for the third time running. And the show is nominated for a fifth consecutive year.
This quintet won the daytime hosting prize at the People’s Choice Awards in January but their acceptance speech was interrupted by an interloper. Mrs. O dispatched this uninvited guest with a swift kick to the rear. “I don’t know where that came from, it just did,” she admits with a giggle. “I think that is what is so glorious about live TV. You never know what you are going to get.”
Chen, who was a celebrated newswoman having anchored “The Early Show” on the Tiffany network for the better part of a decade, says this opportunity came along at just the right time. “I had just given birth … and was looking for something with a better schedule.” This show gave her the chance to talk about that new chapter in her life. But, as she reveals, “my only reservation is that it is very hard to have a successful new show in the daytime space.” To that end, she kept one hand in the news business until the success of “The Talk” was a certainty.
For Underwood, the Daytime Emmy nomination itself is a thrill. And as for winning, “we’ll take it whenever it happens, we’re going to be excited about it. We are doing great work here.” The show recently won an Image Award, which meant the world to her. “As a life member of the NAACP, I was very proud of this show.”
As with Underwood, Tyler was a second season addition to the show. “I was the last person to join this team. I was a guest host for a week and I remember thinking at the end of that, ‘Wow, that was such an effortless week.'” Five years on, she readily admits, “I think we are all aware of how lucky we are that we have this magical chemistry that plays both on and off screen.”
Watch our lively conversation to find out the name of Chen’s childhood crush, Osbourne’s theory as to the show’s success, the guest of whom Tyler was most in awe and Underwood’s happiest moments at the table.