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The Talk Executive Producer Heather Gray Dead at 50

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The Talk executive producer Heather Gray has passed away at age 50, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. She died July 30 in Los Angeles; the cause of death was "an unforgiving disease," according to CBS, that has not been specified.

Gray signed on to The Talk as senior supervising producer partway through its first season. In Season 2, she became co-EP and was promoted to executive producer in August 2019. She brought home two Daytime Emmys in the category of Best Talk Show, Entertainment, in both 2016 and 2018, also winning an NAACP Image Award in 2016. Gray previously won two Daytime Emmys as supervising producer for The Tyra Banks Show.

Some of her coworkers expressed sorrow on social media. The official show account tweeted:

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The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots posted on Instagram:

Loni Love added:

A letter to The Talk cast and crew was sent out from network president/CEO George Cheeks, CBS Network Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, CBS Studios president David Stapf, CBS Network Entertainment senior executive VP programming Thom Sherman, CBS Network Entertainment executive VP current programs Amy Reisenbach, and CBS Network Entertainment senior VP daytime programs Laurie Seidman. In part, it read:

On behalf of all of us at CBS, we want to extend our deep condolences to you for the painful loss of our beloved Heather. She was an inspiration to us all, living and thriving while bravely battling an unforgiving disease. She showed us what true courage looks like.

Heather has been the heart and soul of 'The Talk' from day one. Her brilliance as an innovative producer was only outmatched by her huge smile and infectious laugh. She was an admired, beloved mama bear of your family and a leader that all looked up to. Her contributions to the success of the show are immeasurable, but more importantly, she was a boss that proved you can lead with kindness, caring and friendship. Heather was everyone’s friend, everyone’s champion, everyone’s favorite person on the set. We will miss her terribly.

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