Sara Gilbert has announced she is living the talk show after 9 years on the grind!
Gilbert made the announcement on Tuesday’s show and was overcome with emotion as she explained her decision to the studio audience before comforting her tearful co-host Sharon Osbourne.
The 44-year-old The Conners actress co-created the CBS show, which launched in 2010, and is also an executive producer. Gilbert explained on the show – which included guests Chelsea Handler and Harry Hamlin – that she plans to spend more time with family.
‘I’m nervous. This is hard to do and something… that I have been struggling with for a while and going back and forth, but I have decided that it’s time for me to leave the show,’ Gilbert said.
She continued to explain that she wants to be able to act and produce more but her hectic schedule has made it difficult.
‘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 no time,’ she added. And I’ll look at even small things in my life, my youngest is four years old, and I still haven’t made his baby book. You know, you sit , and you think “oh my God,” my daughter is looking at hers last night and I was like “Ahh, he’s going to figure it out soon. Just basic life things, but it’s difficult because this is a place 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 for the rest of the season. I will come back, I will guest co-host, you’re not gonna get rid of me, so, I’ll be around.’
There is no word yet on who Gilbert’s replacement will be. The remaining hosts are Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Gilbert is mom to son Rhodes, four, with wife Linda Perry as well as daughter Sawyer, 14, and son Levi, 11, with ex-partner Allison Adler. Gilbert’s co-hosts responded with gushing tributes to the actress.
Underwood said: ‘I want to say personally, you are an amazing woman. You are a true example for others to follow. You created something very, very special with THE TALK…
‘But more than that, you are an amazing mother, you’re an amazing partner, wife, you are just such a beautiful spirit…we all wish you God speed to greater things, and you will never be forgotten.’
Eve added: ‘We all understand the evolution of a person, of a woman, of a mom… I have learned a lot. Thank you for letting me in… I feel like I’ve been able to see some beautiful sides of you… and I love you.’
Sharon, overcome with emotion, said: ‘I want to say so many things to Sara… I’ve never worked with anyone for nine years before, I always get fired.
‘This to me has been the best table. There’s always someone. You can respect people, and you can enjoy working with them, but there is always someone that gets on your nerves. It’s true, and there is nobody that gets on each other’s nerves here. And I think that Sara, since she took over this seat, has just been slamming it every show. And you’ve all seen her dry humor that comes out of nowhere, and she’s so quick and so sarcastic, and so fabulous.’ she gushed.
It comes after Gilbert’s former Roseanne costar Roseanne Barr claimed Gilbert ‘destroyed’ her life.
The 66-year-old actress was accused of racism over a tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett – a senior adviser to former US President Barack Obama – to an ape last year, leading to her rebooted sitcom Roseanne being cancelled.
Speaking to the Washington Post, Barr said: ‘She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet. She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with fine Chianti.
Just half an hour before US network ABC announced it was cancelling Roseanne, Gilbert tweeted to distance herself from Barr’s controversial posts. She described them as ‘abhorrent’ and said they ‘do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show’.
Gilbert responded to Barr’s latest comments on the matter, and admitted she was ‘heartbroken’ by the way everything unfolded.
She added to The Post: ‘While I’m extremely disappointed and heartbroken over the dissolution of the original show, she will always be family, and I will always love Roseanne.’
Following the cancellation of Roseanne, ABC established spin-off show The Conners, which features all her former cast mates reprising their roles following the death of her character.
Last month The Conners was renewed for a second season by ABC with Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf all signing new deals.
The three top-billed cast members will commit to do a slightly longer sophomore season with 13 episodes being ordered, up from season one’s 11, Deadline reported.
Gilbert, who plays Darlene Conner, also serves as an executive producer on the series.