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Sara Gilbert announces she’s leaving “The Talk”

Sara Gilbert has announced that she’s leaving The Talk, the daytime show she created.’

Gilbert, also one of the stars of the ABC comedy The Conners, will leave at the end of the current ninth season.

“This is something that I have been struggling with for a while, and going back and forth, but I’ve decided that it’s time for me to leave the show at the end of this season,” an emotional Gilbert said to gasps from the audience. “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. 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 take time for myself.”

“As I’ve continued on, I’m starting to develop more things to produce, and I’m having opportunities to act. I don’t know how I’m going to do it all. I’m looking at the next six months and thinking, ‘There’s not time.’ … 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.”

Co-host Sharon Osbourne said: “I have to say that this show — it’s been on the air for nine years, and we’ve had different ladies at this table, but this to me has been the best [group],” Osbourne said. “You can respect people and enjoy working with them, but there’s always someone that gets on your nerves… And there’s nobody that gets on each other’s nerves here. Sara, since she took over this seat, has just been slamming it every show.”

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