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October 18, 2019

Sara Gilbert Once Revealed Behind-The-Scenes Secrets about Her Former Co-Hosts on 'The Talk'

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Actress and producer Sara Gilbert, best known as Darlene on “Roseanne,” once revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets about her former “The Talk” co-hosts.

Born in January 1975, her career began when she was only 13 years old as she got the role of Darlene Conner on “Roseanne.”

"[Aisha Tyler] has the strangest diet in the world."


Sara Gilbert’s career

After that, she went to appear on “Welcome to New York” and portrayed Dr. Jane Figler on “ER.” However, the most important project throughout her career was one she also created: “The Talk.”

It aired for the first time in October 2010, and it has been recognized as one of the most popular talk shows in the US. “The Talk” has even got several Daytime Emmy Award nominations.


Her time on “The Talk”

The show features five hosts who discuss the most recent headlines while giving their opinions “through the eyes of mothers.”

Initially, it had six members: Sara, TV personality Sharon Osbourne, “Big Brother” host Julie Chen, former Scientologist Leah Remini, and “21 Jump Street” star Holly Robinson Peete.

Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, and Marissa Jaret Winokur of "The Talk" in July 2010 | Source: Getty Images


The sixth member of the show was Marissa Jaret Winokur, who, most of the time, was out of the studio interviewing people regarding the topics addressed during the episode.

After spending almost a decade as one of the main hosts of “The Talk,” Sara announced her departure in April 2019. About her decision, she said:


Announcing her departure

“This is hard to do and something … that I have been struggling with for a while and going back and forth, but I have decided that it’s time for me to leave the show at the end of the season.”

Before leaving, though, she explained her reasons. While some people believed it was linked to the exit of former co-host Julie Chen, Sara pointed out that it was due to the demanding schedule.


While working on the show, she was not able to “spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or time for myself.”

Soon after Sara’s departure, “The Talk” found the perfect replacement for her: Marie Osmond, who had previously hosted “Donny & Marie” and competed on “Dancing with the Stars.”


Sharing behind-the-scenes secrets of “The Talk” co-hosts

During her time as one of the co-hosts of “The Talk,” Sara’s relationship with the rest of the panelist was lovely. During a 2014 interview with Queen Latifah, she revealed some behind-the-scenes tidbits about the hosts and even herself.

The first thing she said was that they had a meeting that was “historically” at 8 am. However, as time passed by, it became an 8:30 meeting because nobody could make it on time.


Sara was in “denial,” though, and she would always get into the meeting room at 8 am and sit next to one of the producers for half an hour waiting for the rest of the crew to arrive.

The next person Sara talked about was actress and comedian Aisha Tyler, who got into “The Talk” for the second season. About her, she said:


“In the morning meetings, she has the strangest diet in the world. This is all I’ve ever seen her eat. Pretty much peanuts and broccoli. That’s her diet.”

As per Julie, Sara revealed that she would do her own eyelashes during the morning meetings. However, she would usually go out to do some voice overs with “one eye completely glamorous” while the other eye had no makeup on.


Sharon was always late

Sara also talked about Sharon, who was usually virtually present during the meetings through a phone call because she was always late. The creator of “The Talk” added about Sharon:

“She’ll come in right when the meeting is finishing, and it’s breaking up. She walks in with her dog and [says], ‘Hello everybody!’ and we’re like, ‘we’re leaving, it’s over.’”


Finally, Sara said that Sheryl Underwood, the comedian who also was included in the second season of the show, would come to the meeting wearing “a housecoat from like 1978.”

At the moment, Sara Gilbert, who has three children and is married to musician Linda Perry, is focused on her family and acting career. Starting in 2018, she has been reprising Darlene Conner on “The Conners,” the spin-off of “Roseanne.”