Sara Gilbert revealed Tuesday that she is leaving CBS’ daytime talk show, The Talk to focus on her acting career and family.
“I’m nervous,” she said. “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 the season.”
Gilbert, 44, is one of the creators and executive producers of the show and has been a part of it since its inception in 2010.
The host, actress and producer, whose spinoff of Roseanne, entitled The Connors, was just renewed, revealed the news through a tearful statement.
“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, and time for myself,” People Magazine quoted her as saying. “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. I was looking at the next six months and just thinking, ‘There’s no time.’ I’ll look at even just small things in my life — my youngest is 4 years old and I still haven’t made his baby book.”
Gilbert, who is married to songwriter and producer Linda Perry, told her co-hosts how much she loved them, which they also reciprocated.
Eve, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Carrie Ann Inaba all reacted to the news with tears in their eyes.
“I want to say personally you are an amazing woman,” Underwood, 55, told her.
“I want to say so many things to Sara,” Osbourne, 66, said. “I’ve never worked with anyone for nine years before. I always get fired. This show has been on the air for nine years and we’ve had different ladies at this table but this, to me, has been the best table.”
Gilbert revealed that she will continue to work for the duration of the season and will come back as a guest host when possible.
“I am so grateful to the audience for letting me in your homes every day,” she said. “It’s been such an honor. I’m not going anywhere yet, I’ll be here the rest of the season. I will come back as co-host, you’re not going to get rid of me. I’ll be around.”