“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.”
"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."
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“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.'”
“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."
“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.
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."
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.
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.
This is something I have been struggling with for a while, and going back and forth. But Ive decided its time for me to leave the show, Gilbert said at the beginning of the show.
BREAKING NEWS: Sara Gilbert Announces She's Leaving 'The Talk' After Season 9; 'This is hard' pic.twitter.com/iBA0az9FyB