Listen: Sara Gilbert on Why She Said Yes to The Conners but Quit The Talk – Variety

Listen: Sara Gilbert on Why She Said Yes to The Conners but Quit The Talk - Variety
Sara Gilbert on why she said yes to The Conners but quit The Talk
A year later, the decision to keep going made sense. But star and executive producer Sara Gilbert admits she and the rest of the show’s cast and producers weren’t so sure it was a good idea at first, after those shocking turn of events.

“We were all scared,” Gilbert told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “It was definitely a risk to come back. And we didn’t know how it was going to go. We didn’t know how the reviews were going to go.”

Why Sara Gilbert Is Leaving The Talk and Sticking With The Conners

Then came the positive reviews for the first episode, which revealed the death of Roseanne Conner. From there, the show moved on. “We just thought, ‘wow,’ we pulled it off somehow. … It wasn’t an easy decision to make on any level. I think a lot of the cast had a little tug of war in their mind.”

Sara Gilbert Reveals Why She Chose The Conners Over The Talk

Its been just over two years since ABC first announced it was bringing back Roseanne, and about a year since ABC fired Roseanne and turned the revived series into The Conners.

Its also been about two months since Sara Gilbert announced she was leaving The Talk, which she helped create, and shes starting her own production company, so the actress and producer has had a busy and tumultuous couple of years. 

Gilbert was a guest on Varietys My Favorite Episode podcast and explained her decision to leave The Talk after nine years, and basically, it just came down to the fact that something on her schedule had to go. 

“That was a very difficult decision a lot of years in the making,” she said of leaving. “I think knowing that I was going back into the Conners, launching Sarah and Tom the production company…having three kids, there was no way for me to do the production company, the Conners, the talk show, [the show Atypical], it was too much. Something had to give. And Id been lucky enough to do the talk show for nine years, so that felt like the right move, like OK, Ive done that, and Ive fully explored it, and now its time to do other creative ventures.” 

Gilbert will still be on the show until August, but she admitted that shes a little bit relieved to be giving up the job that requires talking publicly about herself every day. 

“There is some relief in thinking like, well, if I go through anything in my personal life, now I dont have to talk about it,” she says. 

That aspect of the talk show has “been a stretch” for Gilbert, who says shes a pretty private person. 

“I think I put myself on the show to try to push the boundaries like that and grow spiritually and psychologically, but Im OK with letting that piece of it go,” she says. 

Many fans looked to Gilbert on The Talk last year, when Roseanne Barr was fired from ABC (and thus the Roseanne revival was canceled) for racist tweets. Gilbert called the time “a very difficult week,” and said she stood behind the decision ABC made at the time. 

“I think, yeah, we were all scared,” Gilbert says of the decision to bring the show back sans Roseanne. “It was definitely a risk to come back, and we didnt know how it was going to go. We didnt know how the reviews were gonna go, and I remember starting to read reviews I think right before it aired. We were on set, and we started seeing all these great reviews and we just thought, wow, phew, we pulled it off somehow, cause it just felt like it wasnt an easy thing to do.” 

“It just wasnt an easy decision to make on any level,” she recalls. “So I think a lot of the cast had a little tug of war in their mind, and I did for sure.” 

She says that if anyone involved had not wanted to do it, they wouldnt have continued, and that at least for her, “there were more stories to tell, and I didnt feel we were done telling them,” and there were fans who deserved to be represented by a series about a middle, working class family. 

“We got to get out all of our feelings and our grief and our closeness, all of it through the season,” Gilbert says. 

Season two, which debuts this fall on Tuesdays, finds Becky dealing with the father of her unborn child having been deported, and Darlene in the aftermath of telling her boyfriend Ben she wouldnt move to Chicago with him…right after David (Johnny Galecki) showed up and asked her to stay. 

“Darlenes interesting because shes really a balance for me between hope and sort of dashed dreams,” she says. “The Conners are this middle class family that have trouble breaking the cycle, and so in order to properly tell that story, which represents so many Americans, its not like Darlene can suddenly go run a huge business and make tons of money. Its like, there are so many smart, brilliant people that should be getting a head that arent able to in our country, so I think she represents that story, but she has a fighting spirit and shes talented and shes really smart, so theres always the possibility for her to move ahead some…She will hopefully have some success over time.” 

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