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The Talk
The Talk logo.png
Genre Talk show
Created by Sara Gilbert
Presented by
Theme music composer Gregg Wattenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 1,385 (as of 20 January 2017)[1]
Executive producer(s) Sara Gilbert
Brad Bessey (2010–11)
Susan Winston (2011)[2]
John Redmann (2011–)[3]
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Television Studios
Original network CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release October 18, 2010 (2010-10-18) – present (present)
Related shows Loose Women
External links

The Talk is an American talk show that debuted on October 18, 2010, as part of CBS's daytime programming block.[4] The show was created by actress Sara Gilbert, who also serves as an executive producer, along with John Redmann. The show is based on the British daily women's panel show Loose Women, which has been running regularly in the United Kingdom since 1999.

Along with Gilbert, the show features Julie Chen (who serves as the program's moderator), Eve, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood discussing the day's latest headlines, while usually tying in the show's theme of motherhood or at least parenthood, such as by giving their opinions "through the eyes of mothers." It also contains celebrity interviews and segments for mothers and parents in general.

The Talk is broadcast before a live studio audience at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California each Monday through Friday at 11 am Pacific Time, and airs live on most CBS owned-and-operated stations and affiliates in the Eastern and Central United States at 2 pm Eastern Time; the program is broadcast on tape delay elsewhere from the Mountain Time Zone westward. The Friday shows are recorded on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm Pacific Time for broadcast the next day, and is taped before the studio audience in attendance for the earlier live Thursday broadcast.


Similar in format to The View, the opening segment of the broadcast – known as "Everybody Talks" and usually running a combined 12 to 25 minutes over multiple segments, depending on the number of stories featured and the number of guests following the topical discussion segments – involves the five-female host panel discussing current news items, typically focusing on tabloid headlines, offbeat stories and celebrity news. The program also actively incorporates social media to allow viewers to provide their opinions on the stories discussed through Twitter (using the hashtag #EverybodyTalks, or alternately the abbreviated #EVBT), however in season five, the program began allowing viewers to use Instagram to record and upload videos using the aforementioned hashtags, with one or two videos being selected to air on the live broadcasts.[5] Twitter comments from viewers are shown on the Monday through Thursday live broadcasts in the form of a ticker at the bottom of the screen; comments from Twitter and Instagram are not featured on-air during the pre-recorded Friday broadcasts.

On most editions, the "Top Talker" serves as the final segment of the topical discussion, featuring a rotating set of contributors – most of which are correspondents/hosts of entertainment-related newsmagazine programs or magazines or hosts of local or syndicated radio programs – providing detailed analysis of a single trending, usually celebrity-related, story. Following the "Everybody Talks" segment, all five hosts interview one or two featured celebrity guests; most of these interviews are conducted at the set's roundtable, however the program does occasionally feature group interviews with multiple cast members from a promoted film or television project that are not conducted at the roundtable, and are instead conducted with the hosts and guests seated face to face on-set. Musical performances are also occasionally featured.

The show also regularly features a cooking segment two to four times each week, with two of the panelists – rotating between any combination of Chen, Underwood, Gilbert or Osbourne – assisting in the preparation of the featured recipes with the guest chef (the remaining hosts not actively participating in the preparation of the item are seated on the right end of the kitchen island, typically trying the dishes prepared during or before the segment). Product giveaways are also done once per week, as part of a segment showcasing fashion/beauty products and electronics that are given away to studio audience members for attending the show, with the products also being made available for purchase through the show's website at a discounted offer.

Each episode is concluded by one of the co-hosts, primarily the moderator, with the sign-off "Remember, it's always the right time to have The Talk!" (the program's title is usually said in unision with the studio audience).


In December 2009, CBS announced the cancellation of As the World Turns after 54 years, and was looking for a program to replace the long-running soap opera in its time slot. Sara Gilbert approached CBS about producing a pilot that would feature six women talking about the day's headlines with opinions told through "the eyes of mothers."[6]

On July 21, 2010, CBS announced that it had picked up the show (by then, given the title The Talk), beating out several other contenders, including a cooking show featuring Emeril Lagasse; Say It Now, a talk show featuring Valerie Bertinelli and Rove McManus; and a revamped version of the classic game show Pyramid, hosted by Andy Richter.[6]

In the four weeks prior to the show's debut, new episodes of The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal (a show that replaced Guiding Light) as well as repeats of The Young and the Restless aired in the time slot vacated by As the World Turns.



Co-host Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Julie Chen
Sara Gilbert
Sharon Osbourne
Holly Robinson Peete
Leah Remini
Aisha Tyler
Sheryl Underwood

Season 1[edit]

The original panel consisted of Sara Gilbert; Holly Robinson Peete, best known for her roles on the TV series 21 Jump Street and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper; Leah Remini, known for her role as Carrie Heffernan in the 1998–2007 CBS sitcom The King of Queens; Big Brother hostess Julie Chen; and former talk show hostess/X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Marissa Jaret Winokur was featured in an out-of-the studio position as the "mother on the street," dealing with issues like taking her toddler on an airplane, talking with kids about sex, talking to parents about the "terrible twos" and other parental issues.

On January 14, 2011, Marissa Jaret Winokur reported that she would not be returning to the show in 2011. In an exclusive statement to People, original executive producer Brad Bessey said of Winokur's departure, "We think the world of Marissa as a creative talent, on-air personality and super mom. This is a mutual decision based on time, not talent."[7][8]

When America's Got Talent resumed filming on March 2, 2011, Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne began filling in for her on a substitute basis, as the show's first substitute host.

On August 26, 2011, it was announced that original co-host Leah Remini had been released from the show.[9] On September 2, 2011, it was confirmed that Holly Robinson Peete had also been released from the show.[10] Sharon Osbourne eventually gave opinion on their dismissals in December 2011 on The Howard Stern Show, stating: "Some people don't really know who they are, and you have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not. You have to know your brand. You can't be all things to everyone."[11][12]

Seasons 2–8[edit]

On August 26, 2011, CBS announced that comedian Sheryl Underwood would join the panel as a co-host at the start of its second season; Underwood was officially added to the program on September 6, 2011, beginning with that season's premiere episode.[13]

Molly Shannon served as the (guest) co-host during the month of September 2011. Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler's addition to the panel was announced on October 23, 2011.[14] On June 15, 2017, Tyler announced she would leave the series following the completion of the series' seventh season. She said she would return as a guest host and to promote her various projects. Her last show aired on August 4, 2017.[15][16][17] The current hosts of The Talk auditioned ladies on air as "dates" to fill in Aisha's seat. Some current guest hosts of season 8 include Carrie Ann Inaba, Garcelle Beauvais, Michelle Williams and Eve.

On November 14, 2017, Eve was revealed as the fifth co-host.

Carnie Wilson and Leeza Gibbons were the primary substitute hosts that filled in for members of the panel in seasons 4-6.

Notable events[edit]

Season premieres[edit]

The first week of shows featured several celebrity guests, including model Christie Brinkley, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, actress/director Chandra Wilson, actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis, and former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford.[18]

The third-season premiere (aired on September 10, 2012) featured all five co-hosts, as well as members of the studio audience, without their make-up and dressed in robes during the broadcast; all of the co-hosts were also shown beside pictures of themselves with make-up. The guests for that edition, who also participated in the stunt, were Jamie Lee Curtis; Michelle Stafford and Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless; and Katherine Kelly Lang of The Bold and the Beautiful.[19][20]

The premiere weeks of the fourth and fifth seasons (September 9 to 13, 2013 and September 8 to 12, 2014) featured "The Talk Tells All", a daily feature on the season's first week of shows in which co-hosts Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler and Underwood revealed never-before-disclosed personal secrets on-air.[21]

Season six premiered on September 14, 2015 with a slightly new set design featuring 3 new large monitors with backdrops including palm trees and the Los Angeles skyline. Season seven premiered on September 12, 2016 with the same set. The hosts kicked off premiere week by unveiling answers to the viewers' biggest questions with a theme they called "The 7 Wonders of The Talk." [22]

On-location editions[edit]

The show made two trips to New York City during its second season, broadcasting live for one week on each trip. The first trip placed some audience members inside and some outside the studio.[23] Beginning with the second trip, the show began to tape its New York City-based episodes in a studio at the CBS Broadcast Center, similar in structure to its Los Angeles studio, with the audience members based within the soundstage. The Talk has done week-long broadcasts from New York City twice per season since then (usually during the February and May sweeps periods and in December), with the Thursday and Friday episodes being recorded on the same day as the Tuesday and Wednesday live broadcasts.[24] The program's first set of New York City episodes in the third season (from December 10 to 14, 2012), featured a partnership with Toys for Tots, asking all guests and audience members to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the charity.

During the third season, The Talk broadcast a week of episodes from New Orleans, Louisiana – site of Super Bowl XLVII – from January 28 to February 1, 2013, to help promote CBS's coverage of the National Football League championship game.

The Talk After Dark[edit]

From January 12 to 16, 2015, CBS broadcast a special second "late night" edition of The Talk – unofficially titled The Talk After Dark – which filled the 12:37 a.m. Eastern timeslot normally occupied by The Late Late Show (which itself utilized guest hosts on most other weeks in the four-month period between Craig Ferguson's departure from The Late Late Show in December 2014 and the start of James Corden's tenure as host of that program in March 2015). Recorded each afternoon that week before the studio audience in attendance for the earlier live daytime broadcasts for broadcast each night, the episodes featured a separate slate of guests and featured topics from the daytime editions, and featured a special house band exclusive to the late-night editions led by rock musician/songwriter Linda Perry (wife of series creator and co-host Sara Gilbert).[25][26]

Appearances in other media[edit]

On March 14, 2016; all of The Talk hosts (including then host Aisha Tyler) made a cameo on Supergirl in the episode "Falling" when Cat Grant (played by Calista Flockhart) made a guest appearance on The Talk. On December 15, 2017; Julie Chen relevaed all of the current hosts of The Talk (including new co-host Eve) will be featured on an upcoming episode of Jane the Virgin as themselves which will be directed by Gina Rodriguez. On January 10, 2018; The Talk revealed on their Instagram and Snapchat stories they filmed their episode of Jane the Virgin on the set of The Talk right after filming the show for the aforementioned date.



The debut episode of The Talk was number one in its timeslot in 20 of the 56 markets.[27] As of October 2011, The Talk averaged 1.83 million viewers per episode,[28] a 25% decrease from As the World Turns's ratings the previous year.[29]

By June 2012, The Talk averaged 1.7/6 in households, 2.29 million viewers, 1.1/7 in women 25–54 and 0.8/5 in women 18–49. The women 25–54 rating was The Talk's highest since the week ending February 17, while the women 18–49 rating was the best since the week ending May 4. Compared to the same week last year, The Talk was up +21% in households (from 1.4/4), +24% in viewers (from. 1.85m), +38% in women 25–54 (from 0.8/5) and +33% in women 18–49 (from 0.6/4).[30]


The Talk was criticized for a segment where some panelists made light of male genital mutilation.[31] Osbourne said, "However, I do think it is quite fabulous" in response to a story where a wife had drugged her husband, cut off his penis and put it in the garbage disposal due to his filing for divorce. An apology was made during a subsequent show.

The failure to disclose on-air as to why Remini and Robinson Peete were released or even mention them brought about criticism of the show from some viewers, with some fans of the two stars protesting their dismissals.[32][33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Recipients Result
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Nominated
2013 Nominated
2014 Nominated
Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler, Underwood Nominated
2015 Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler, Underwood Nominated
2016 Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Won
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler, Underwood Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team Won
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Nominated
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler, Underwood Won

International broadcasts[edit]

  • In Australia, The Talk began broadcasting on August 6, 2012 on Network Ten,[34] as a replacement for controversially axed local talk show The Circle. The Talk rates lower than the former local offering, achieving just 29,000 viewers on August 15[35] compared to the axed show's 39,000 two months earlier,[36] and well below rival programs Channel Seven's The Morning Show and Channel Nine's Mornings which rated 200,000 and 119,000 viewers respectively.[35]
  • In Canada, The Talk airs simultaneously on Global TV and on NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In the UK, The Talk began been broadcasting on July 4, 2011 on Diva TV.
  • In South Africa, The Talk began broadcasting on April 1, 2011 in the 1 pm timeslot on MNet.
  • In the Philippines, the program was formerly aired on Solar News Channel, but they discontinued airing in September 2013 after season 4 is aired. Season 5 is aired of March 2015 on CT.
  • In the Czech Republic, The Talk airs on Prima Love.
  • In New Zealand, The Talk began broadcasting on January 23, 2012 on TV3.
  • In the Arab world, The Talk airs on MBC 4.


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