'Talk' Co-Host Marie Osmond Shares She Was Shamed for Working a Week after Son Michael's Funeral
Marie Osmond makes her debut on 'The Talk,' with a very candid confession about the backlash she faced when she returned to work after her son's funeral.
The 10th season of "The Talk" debuted Marie Osmond's first episode as the new co-host. She replaces Sara Gilbert, who announced that she will be quitting the talk show the end of season 9.
Gilbert explained that she was leaving to focus on her family and other producing and acting opportunities she wants to explore in the future.
Osmond's bubbly and candid personality has made her a perfect fit for the show. Never one to hold back in interviews, she has immediately opened up to audiences about her life experiences.
My first day on #TheTalk was so incredibly fun!!! Thank you ladies for such a warm sisterly welcome. It already feels like home. Thank you @CBS for this incredible opportunity. And thank you ALL for tuning in & giving me such encouragement and support. See you again tomorrow! 🥰 pic.twitter.com/1dauODtpwB— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) September 10, 2019
During her first episode, the women of "The Talk" discussed online shaming. Reflecting on her personal experience, Osmond details the backlash she faced when she decided to return to work a week after her son, Michael Blosil's funeral. Trying to contain her emotions she explains:
"When my son died, I chose to go to work a week after his funeral. And the people were so cruel, because of me choosing to show my children they had to keep living. [The things people said] hurt my children more than anything."
Osmond's co-hosts sympathized with her story and criticized the people who made negative comments about her decision to work. Her colleagues agreed that grief is a personal matter and there is no specific time to determine when a person can resume their normal life.
On February 26, 2010. Osmond who was performing with her brother Donny Osmond at the Flamingo Las Vegas, when she received the news of Michael's death.
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This week my brother Donny and I made it official: we will be taking our final bow this November at the @flamingovegas. We were very prayerful in coming to this decision and we both feel peace about it…nevertheless… it is so HARD to think about parting ways with so many amazing, talented and hard-working people who have become our ‘family’ these past 11 years. I wish I could name each of them but this post would run for several pages! Then, there’s you—our dedicated and loyal friends, fans and acquaintances. Thank you for coming to our shows, some of you returning many times over. None of this would ever have been possible without you. How much do I appreciate you?! You have made all the difference. You have made us who we are. 🥰 And now to my dear brother Donny. I have always tried to remind myself that Donny is my brother first and my business partner second. I know the Lord placed me here for “such a time as this.” He knew I would need the support of my brother. Donny has been with me through some very difficult trials!! (read more about this on my FB page or @ MarieOsmond.com/sundaymessage) I am so grateful to God for ‘saving me’ by arranging my life and talents for this show and putting my sweet brother by my side. The special blessings which have come over these past several years have been so tender—some too personal to mention. Others have created some amazingly beautiful silver linings such as becoming a grandmother, meeting the man of my dreams all over again and then remarrying him. My husband is truly the love of my life. And so, I look ahead to the reality of one door closing and another opening up. The other night I turned to Donny as we took our spots for the opening of the show and said: “Hey D, let’s just have fun with every show as we count down to the last one… let’s enjoy every moment.” Saying good bye is never easy, but as Donny said “It’s the end of The Donny & Marie Show, it’s not the end of Donny and Marie.” 😉😘 #donnyandmarie
Reflecting on her last conversation with her son, he shares with her that he feels alone and depressed, because he felt that he had no friends, she recalls telling him:
"Mike, I'm gonna be there Monday and it's gonna be OK." Looking back at their conversation she admits, "but depression doesn't wait 'til Monday."
Michael was a student at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. It is reported, he had jumped off the eight-floor balcony of his Los Angeles apartment.
Michael, who had dealt with substance abuse and depression left behind a suicide note explaining that he had been suffering from depression all his life.
Osmond and her husband, Steve Craig remarried after being divorced several years. The couple have raised eight children together; Michael was one of five children Osmond had adopted.