Sara Gilbert says shes leaving The Talk – CNN

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Sara Gilbert announces shes leaving The Talk after nine seasons
Sara Gilbert announced on Tuesday that she's leaving the CBS talk show at the end of this season. The star created the daytime show, which launched in 2010 and has been a co-host for the past nine seasons.

“This is something I have been struggling with for a while and going back and forth. But I’ve decided it’s time for me to leave the show,” Gilbert said Tuesday.

Her departure comes just a few weeks after ABC announced that the "Roseanne" spinoff series, "The Conners" – which she stars in and executive produces – received a second season order. Gilbert said her “life was slightly out of balance.”

Share Rachel Yang Apr 9th 2019 3:12PM On the Tuesday episode of CBS The Talk, co-host Sara Gilbert announced she is leaving the show after nine seasons.

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Sara Gilbert is leaving The Talk

“I’m just feeling like I don’t know how I’m gonna do it all,” she explained. “I was looking at the next six months and just thinking, ‘There’s not time.'”

Another co-host, Julie Chen, exited last fall following sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves.

“Even just small things in my life. My youngest is 4 years old and I still haven’t made his baby book,” Gilbert said. “It’s difficult because this is a place that I love and a place that I am extremely happy,” she added. “I love the hosts, I love the crew, I love our staff. I am so grateful to the audience for letting me into your homes every day. It’s been such an honor.”

“I will come back, I will guest co-host — you’re not going to get rid of me, I’ll be around,” she promised the audience.

“Sara’s passionate vision for a forum in which women on camera and off could celebrate mutual support, emotional growth, and everyday achievements was a driving force behind bringing 'The Talk' to air in 2010 as CBS’ first daytime talk show," said Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president of daytime programs in a statement. "Her authenticity, compassion, quick wit and drive to succeed led to 9 successful seasons of 'The Talk,' garnering numerous daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Show and Outstanding Host."

She wasnt spending enough time with her three children, she said, lamenting she had yet to make her 4-year-olds baby book.

“We are thankful that Sara inspired us from the beginning and wish her all the happiness and success on her new journey. She will always be family and, as you know, family can always come by for a 'Talk,'" she added.

She continued, “I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult. Last season, I did The Conners and was also producing and [hosted] here. I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also, if Im being honest about it, my life was slightly out of balance. I wasnt able to spend as much time with my three kids as Id like, or take time for myself.”

Sarah Gilbert leaves The Talk

Former co-host Julie Chen exited in the fall in the midst of her husband's, CBS CEO Les Moonves, alleged sexual harassment scandal. She was replaced by Carrie Ann Inaba.

The cohost announced the news on Tuesday, right at the top of the hour. Shes been part of the morning show since its premiere back in October 2010 and will wrap up her run when the season ends.

"This is hard to do and something that I have been struggling with for a while, and going back and forth, but Ive decided that its time for me to leave the show at the end of this season," said Gilbert. This was met with an outcry of "NOs" from the studio audience.

“My youngest is 4 years old and I still haven’t made his baby book,” revealed Gilbert. “My daughter is looking at hers last night and I was like ‘Ahhh! He’s gonna figure it out soon.”

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The mother of three made note that her personal life has also taken a hit by being so busy. She hopes this change will remedy that. Gilbert talked about one of the things she hasn’t managed to do.

"I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult," she said, explaining that shes simply been spread too thin lately.

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"Last season, I did The Conners as you know and was also producing and here. I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also, if Im being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance," she continued. "I wasnt able to spend as much time with my three kids as Id like, or time for myself and as Ive continued on, Im starting to develop more things to produce and Im having opportunities to act and feeling like I dont know how Im gonna do it all."

As an example of how little personal time shes had, Gilbert said she hasnt even made her son his baby book yet. Hes four now.

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Sara Gilbert is leaving The Talk because her life is slightly out of balance

"Its difficult because this is a place that I love and a place that Im extremely happy. I love the hosts, I love the crew, I love our staff, Im so grateful to the audience for letting me in your homes every day," she added. "Its been such an honor."

In closing, Gilbert said, "Im not going anywhere yet, Ill be here the rest of the season, Ill guest cohost, Youre not going to get rid of me."

Sharon Osbourne — who has also been at the show since its first season — was inconsolable after Gilbert made her announcement, with Sara getting emotional as well as she hugged her cohost.

"I want to say so many things to Sara," Osbourne said, breaking down in tears. "Ive never worked with someone for nine years before, I always get fired," Sharon then joked.

Newcomer Carrie Ann Inaba also joked she hoped her arrival wasnt responsible for Saras decision to leave. Inaba joined the show after Julie Chens exit.

Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs at CBS, also released a statement about Gilberts decision.

"Saras passionate vision for a forum in which women on camera and off could celebrate mutual support, emotional growth, and everyday achievements was a driving force behind bringing THE TALK to air in 2010 as CBS first daytime talk show. Her authenticity, compassion, quick wit and drive to succeed led to 9 successful seasons of THE TALK, garnering numerous daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Show and Outstanding Host," she said. "We are thankful that Sara inspired us from the beginning and wish her all the happiness and success on her new journey. She will always be family and, as you know, family can always come by for a TALK."


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