There has been turnover before on the CBS daytime series “The Talk,” but this week the show announced what is arguably its biggest cast shakeup to date. Sara Gilbert, who has not only hosted the show since its premiere in 2010 but also created and executive produces it, revealed to a shocked studio audience on April 9 that she will be leaving the show at the end of its current ninth season.
“This is hard to do,” she admitted before announcing her decision. “I love it here, and like I said this was extremely difficult.” She felt “empowered” by her dual gigs as producer and star of “The Talk” and producer and star of “The Conners,” “but also, if I’m being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or time for myself … It’s difficult because this is a place that I love.”
But Gilbert assured the audience, “I’m not going anywhere yet. I’ll be here the rest of the season. And I’ll come back. I’ll guest co-host. You’re not going to get rid of me.” After Gilbert’s departure Sharon Osbourne will be the only co-host remaining from the show’s original lineup. Sheryl Underwood has been with the series since season two, while Eve and Carrie Ann Inaba joined the cast in the last two seasons.
Those five women are currently nominated for Best Entertainment Talk Show Host at the Daytime Emmy Awards, along with Julie Chen who left the show last fall. “The Talk” previously won that category in 2017, and the series itself won Daytime Emmys for Best Entertainment Talk Show in 2016 and 2018. So Gilbert comes away from the series with three Emmys total, and she could still add to that. She could add more hardware to her haul in May, and she’ll still be eligible in 2020 for her swan song.
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