The Talk co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert has announced she will be departing the CBS talk show at the end if the current ninth season. Gilbert dropped the news on the Emmy-award winning series she helped create in 2010. Gilbert stated,
This is 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 season. I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult. Last season, I did The Conners and was also producing and [hosted] here. I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also, if I’m being honest about it, my life was slightly out of balance. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or time for myself.
What is making Gilbert leave? More acting opportunities are coming her way. Gilbert revealed,
As I’ve continued on, I’m starting to develop more things to produce, and I’m having opportunities to act. I don’t know how I’m going to do it all. I’m looking at the next six months and thinking, ‘There’s not time.’… 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.
No word yet on when Gilbert's final air date is slated. In a released statement, CBS executive vice president of daytime programs Angelica McDaniel said,
We are thankful that Sara inspired us from the beginning and wish her all the happiness and success on her new journey. She will always be family and, as you know, family can always come by for a Talk.
Gilbert's exit comes after co-host Julie Chen Moonves' decision to leave the show. Former CBS CEO Les Moonves was ousted after a report by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker revealed six women accused Moonves of sexual harassment and intimidation. Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joined the panel shortly thereafter.