Marie Osmond Reportedly Replacing Sara Gilbert on 'The Talk'
Recent reports claim that Marie Osmond might be replacing Sara Gilbert as co-host on "The Talk." Gilbert will not be returning to the show next season.
The Talk has found a replacement for Sara Gilbert after The Conners star announced last month that this season would be her last on the CBS show.
TMZ reported on Wednesday that Marie Osmond will be replacing the longtime host alongside Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Sharon Osbourne. The official announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday on The Talk.
Osmond has previously been a guest host on the show. Reports claim that her appearance had boosted the ratings massively.
She currently has a Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo hotel with her brother Donny Osmond. Her residency is expected to run until November.
Gilbert announced in April that she would be leaving the show after nine years. Her announcement came just after the departure of fellow original co-host Julie Chen.
"I've decided that it's time for me to leave the show at the end of this season," she said at the time. “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," Gilbert continued. "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.”
She went on to conclude that the decision was extremely difficult because she loved the show. She also added that she is extremely grateful to all her fans.
“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," concluded Gilbert.
At the time, Underwood had supported her decision and also called her "an amazing woman." She commended Gilbert on creating "something very, very special with The Talk."
"God has given you a great talent, and I think he’s opening doors for you to use that talent wherever you go. But more than that, you're an amazing mother, an amazing partner, wife. You're just such a beautiful spirit, and everything ... I think you're going to be successful because you care about others. I'd just like to say personally that we all wish you Godspeed to greater things, and you’ll never be forgotten," said Underwood.