“I think that speaks to the humanity of the show. The audience wants to see that you have real feelings,” says “The Talk” co-host Sheryl Underwood about the show’s response to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. That was a difficult day for all five of the hosts, who didn’t hide their emotions in addressing the tragedy. It’s one of the many difficult subjects that have been addressed by Underwood and her fellow hosts Julie Chen, Eve, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne during an especially contentious and political year. Watch our exclusive video interview with the five hosts above.
“The Talk” is currently in its eighth season, and the often topical series has also tackled the issues surrounding the #MeToo movement addressing sexual harassment and assault in the media industry and beyond. Eve feels that “it’s part of our duty as women to talk about those issues.” But part of the appeal of the show is that the hosts don’t always see eye-to-eye. “We don’t see the world in black and white and are not afraid to say our gray areas,” Chen explains. But Underwood thinks it’s “great for the audience to see that we have different opinions …. Even if we disagree we’re still sisters, and I think that’s what makes our show special.”
Most of the “Talk” hosts are used to navigating those kinds of emotional and political waters: Chen, Gilbert and Osbourne have hosted the show from the very beginning, and Underwood signed on in season two, but Eve is a new addition. The Grammy winning rapper was announced as a full-time co-host in November 2017 after Aisha Tyler decided to leave the show earlier in the year. It was “intimidating” for her to join the team, but “every day, every week it’s easier and easier … I probably haven’t been as vulnerable as I’ve been these last few months on this show, but it’s been honestly therapeutic.” For Chen, “it became obvious to all of us when Eve sat in the chair that it felt the most like family.” And Osbourne adds, “It seemed like she’d always been here.”
“The Talk” won the Daytime Emmy for Best Entertainment Talk Show in 2016 and then Best Entertainment Talk Show Host in 2017. The 2018 Daytime Emmy nominations will be announced live on “The Talk” on Wednesday, March 21, but awards recognition is just the “gravy on top” for Gilbert. “we’ve just had a great couple of years, and maybe it won’t be our turn. Who knows? You can’t think of it that way. You just have to love working with the people that are your friends and having fun every day.”
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