Another big change at The Talk: Sara Gilbert, who helped launch the daily chat-fest for CBS in 2010, is leaving the show.
Gilbert announced her decision during Tuesday’s telecast. “All right, I’m nervous,” she began. “This is hard to do and something that I have been struggling with for a while and going back and forth, but I’ve decided that it’s time for me to leave the show at the end of this year. I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult. Last season, I did The Conners as you know, and was also producing and here, and I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also if I’m being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance, and I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or time for myself. And as I’ve continued on, I’m starting to develop more things to produce and I’m having opportunities to act, and I’m just feeling like I don’t know how I’m going to do it all. I was looking at the next six months and just thinking there’s not time.
“And I’ll look at even small things in my life — my youngest is 4 years old and I still haven’t made his baby book,” Gilbert continued. “You know, you sit and you think, ‘Oh my God,’ and my daughter is looking at hers last night and I was like ‘Ah, he’s going to figure it out soon.’ Just basic life things, but it’s difficult because this is a place that I love and a place that I’m extremely happy. I love the hosts, I love the crew, I love our staff. I’m so grateful to the audience for letting me in your homes every day. It’s been such an honor, and I’m not going anywhere yet, I’ll be here the rest of the season. I will come back. I will guest cohost. You’re not going to get rid of me, so I’ll be around be around. Thank you so much.”
In September, Gilbert’s former cohort Julie Chen, who also helped launch the show, announced she was leaving after her husband, former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, was fired from the network. Chen was replaced by Carrie Ann Inaba.
Gilbert has been doing double duty in TV since ABC launched the revival of Roseanne — the comedy that originally made her a household name — and the spinoff The Conners. ABC has already ordered a second season of The Conners, which also stars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf.