Sara Gilbert announced that she is leaving The Talk after nine seasons.
On Tuesday’s episode of the CBS show, Gilbert revealed that she will be leaving at the end of the season to pursue other opportunities and spend more time with her children.
“I’ve decided that it’s time for me to leave the show… I obviously love it here and, like I said, this was extremely difficult,” Gilbert said. “Last season I did The Conners and was also producing 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. As I continue 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 am I going to do it all? I was looking at the next months and just thinking, there’s not time, you know?”
“And I’m looking at even small things in my life, my youngest is 4 years old and I still haven’t made his baby book,” she continued. “You sit and you think, you know, my daughter’s looking at hers last night and I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s gonna figure it out soon!’ So, just basic life things, but it’s difficult because this is a place that I love and I’m extremely happy and I love the hosts, I love the crew, I love the staff. I’m so grateful to the audience for letting me in your homes every day. It’s 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 co-host. You’re not gonna get rid of me. So I will be around. Thank you so much.”
Gilbert’s co-hosts, including Cheryl Underwood, Eve and Carrie Ann Inaba, were all emotional as she broke the news.
“I so didn’t want to leave you guys, and that’s the hardest part of it,” Gilbert said.
Underwood replied, “Your spirit will always be here.”
BREAKING NEWS: Sara Gilbert Announces She's Leaving 'The Talk' After Season 9; 'This is hard' pic.twitter.com/iBA0az9FyB
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Gilbert has been a host of The Talk since season one, which debuted in October 2010.