Marissa Jaret Winokur
Even the most loyal viewers of "The Talk" have probably forgotten that "Hairspray" star Marissa Jaret Winokur was once part of the first-season cast, which also included Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini.
Unlike her co-stars, Winokur's role wasn't in the studio, but out in the world filming "mom on the street" segments during the show's first season.
As the show evolved, producers began focusing more on the interplay between the in-studio co-hosts, leaving increasingly less time for Winokur's segments. When the show returned after Christmas hiatus, the network announced she wouldn't be returning for the second half of the season.
Holly Robinson Peete
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When "The Talk" returned for its second season, not all of the original hosts returned with it. Holly Robinson Peete confirmed she'd been given the axe.
After her firing, the actress seemed to take it all in stride when she wrote on her website, “I've been around long enough to know that while you cannot control certain situations you CAN control how you respond to them.”
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Another first-season host not invited back was Leah Remini. In a tweet, which she subsequently deleted, the "King of Queens" star claimed that she and Robinson Peete were fired because of Sharon Osbourne, who, she alleged, complained that they were "too ghetto."
Osbourne denied Remini's allegation, responding via Twitter to insist she didn't have the power to fire anyone, and had no role in her co-hosts' dismissal: "[I] only wish Leah would just stop all this negative, unprofessional, and childish behaviour."
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Aisha Tyler was brought in as a replacement in the show's second season, along with Sheryl Underwood.
Tyler, an actress and comedian, had a lot on her plate during her years at "The Talk", including a role on "Criminal Minds", hosting the CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and a voice role on FX's animated comedy "Archer".
By 2017, it had all become too much, and she announced on the air that she was exiting the show.
True to her word, Tyler has since made the occasional return visit.
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Julie Chen found herself in an awkward position in 2018 when her husband (and, technically, her boss) Les Moonves was the subject of an expose by Ronan Farrow, with numerous women accusing Moonves of sexual misconduct.
Chen stood by her man, who was initially defiant and denied the charges, until the pressure on the network reached the point that he was summarily fired. At that point, Chen decided the best way to show her support was to quit "The Talk", announcing her decision in a video she'd recorded on the set of "Big Brother" — which, despite everything, she continues to host.
Sara Gilbert was not only one of the original co-hosts of "The Talk", she was also the show's creator and executive producer. When rival network ABC revived "Roseanne" in 2018 and she signed on to reprise her role as Darlene Conner (and also became an exec producer), star Roseanne Barr's racism scandal and subsequent firing saw the show (a massive hit for ABC) morph into "The Conners", with a renewed focus on Gilbert's character.
Announcing her "extremely difficult decision" to leave during a 2019 episode, Gilbert explained she simply had too many things going on, and something had to give.
Following Sara Gilbert's exit, singer Marie Osmond was brought on as her replacement co-host for the 2019-2020 season.
Osmond only lasted a single season in the job, amid recurring tabloid reports of drama on the set (Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood had reportedly threatened to quit if Osmond wasn't axed, according to one report).
Prior to the 2020-2021 season, Osmond revealed via Instagram she wouldn't be returning, because she wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Eve joined "The Talk" in 2017, brought in after Aisha Tyler's exit.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, the hosts continued to broadcast via Zoom from their homes, which, for Eve, was in London, where she lives with husband, British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper.
When the hosts eventually returned to the studio, Eve remained remote, since commuting from London to L.A. (as she'd been doing pre-pandemic) was no longer feasible. In November 2020, she announced that she had decided to leave the show after "making one of the hardest decisions in the world."
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Of all the show's exits over the years, Sharon Osbourne's was the most scandalous — even eclipsing Julie Chen's.
It all came about due to a tense on-air conversation about racism with co-host Sheryl Underwood in March 2021, after Osbourne's public support for Piers Morgan's statements about Meghan Markle.
CBS launched an internal investigation while Osbourne claimed she'd been blindsided by the network. The end result: Osbourne parted ways with the show that had been her home since 2010, relinquishing her role as the last original "Talk" host to remain on the show.