Sara Gilbert has been on our television screens practically her entire life. Starting off on Roseanne, Gilbert has been a mainstay in the entertainment industry. In 2010, she founded the round-table show The Talk, which was essentially the CBS version of The View.
Gilbert has served as a co-host and executive producer on the show for the last nine years, but today she made an announcement that brought her to tears.
"I'm nervous," she admitted. "This is hard to do and 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 the season."
Gilbert was extremely emotional when making the announcement, but the mom of four said that it was all just too much.
"I obviously love it here and like I said, this was extremely difficult," she told the audience. "Last season, I did The Conners, as you know, and was also producing, and here, and I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also if I'm being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my three kids as I'd like, and time for myself."
She continued on, saying she needs some time to be with her family.
"And as I've continued on, I'm starting to develop more things to produce and I'm having opportunities to act, and I'm just feeling like I don't know how I'm going to do it. I was looking at the next six months and just thinking, "˜There's no time.' I'll look at even just small things in my life "” my youngest is 4 years old and I still haven't made his baby book."
Despite her departure, Gilbert joked that the other hosts couldn't get rid of her that easily.
"So just basic life things, but it's difficult because this is a place that I love and a place where I'm extremely happy," Gilbert tearfully said. "I love the hosts, I love the crew, I love our staff, I am so grateful to the audience for letting me in your homes everyday. It's been such an honor. I'm not going anywhere yet, I'll be here the rest of the season. I will come back as co-host, you're not going to get rid of me. I'll be around."
Gilbert's co-hosts were just as emotional as her, and they took turns thanking Gilbert. Sheryl Underwood has been on the show since 2011, and she's been with Gilbert for almost the entire run of the show.
"I want to say personally you are an amazing woman," Underwood gushed.. "You are a true example for others to follow. You created something very, very special with The Talk. God has given you a great talent and I think he's opening doors for you to use that talent wherever you go. But more than that, you are an amazing mother, you're an amazing partner, wife, you are just such a beautiful spirit and everything I think you touch, you're going to be successful because you care about other people. We all wish you godspeed to greater things. You'll never be forgotten."
Sharon Osbourne, who is often a controversial voice on The Talk, also thanked Gilbert and said the show won't be the same without her.
"I want to say so many things to Sara. I've never worked with anyone for nine years before. I always get fired," Osbourne joked. "This show has been on the air for nine years and we've had different ladies at this table but this, to me, has been the best table."
It's been a great nine years having Gilbert behind the table, but I'm glad she's moving on to bigger things. Family time is so important, and it's always good to realize you need it before it's too late.