‘The Talk’: All the Hosts That Left the Show Before Sharon Osbourne

by Emily Morgan

Since its debut in 2010, fans of “The Talk” have seen many different faces and personalities on the woman-led panel. When it premiered, the original cast included Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, and Sharon Osbourne. 

The show recently returned in September for its eleventh season, with Osbourne as the only remaining cast member. Although she recently left the show after her on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood when she defended Piers Morgan’s controversial statements about Meghan Markle. 

For over a decade, Osbourne hosted alongside Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Eve, who later left the show. Inaba also recently left the show per her health complications. With the show making headlines recently, we’re taking a closer look at all the co-hosts who’ve left the show throughout the years. 

Holly Robinson Peete

The actress left the daytime talk show in August 2011 after serving as co-host during the show’s first season. At the time, many fans considered her exit controversial. She alleged that the show’s executives blindsided her and claimed that there was never a discussion about her departure. 

“So, I just started hearing rumors that other people were hired,” she revealed. “So, I’m like, ‘That’s going to be a crowded table. … It was a very frustrating time — the most frustrating time of my professional life.”

Leah Remini

Remini left “The Talk” after just one season in August of 2011. While the reasoning behind her exit is unclear, Remini has some theories. In a 2012 tweet, she accused Osbourne of thinking she and Amanda Peete “were ‘ghetto.'” She added, “We were not funny, awkward and didn’t know ourselves. She has the power that was given to her.” Osbourne later denied the claims. 

Marissa Jaret Winokur 

In January 2011, Winkour said goodbye to the talk show gig. She left amid scheduling conflicts as the show could no longer include her segment, “Mom in the Street.”

Aisha Tyler 

Tyler closed the door on “The Talk” in June 2017. During her on-air announcement, she got visibly emotional as she told viewers she “had to let something go.” At the time, the actress was starring on “Criminal Minds,” hosting “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and voicing acting on “Archer.”

Julie Chen

The “Big Brother” host announced that she was stepping down as co-host and in September 2018 amid a sexual misconduct scandal involving her husband, Les Moonves. Before his resignation, Moonves was the chairman and CEO of CBS. 

Sara Gilbert

The show’s creator and star of “Roseanne” said she was leaving in April 2019 to focus on her family. “If I’m being honest about it, my life was slightly out of balance, and I was not spending as much time with my three kids as I would like and time for myself,” she confessed at the time.

Marie Osmond

After just one year of co-hosting “The Talk,” Osmond left the show in September 2020. She announced her exit via Instagram, writing a personal farewell to the showrunner and executive producer, John Redmann.

“I’m excited to continue our working relationship on several projects we are developing,” she wrote. “Also, my husband and I just dropped our last two kids off at college, we looked at each other, laughed and remembered we hadn’t been this alone together since 1982!! So, at this stage of my life, I’m looking forward to spending more time with him and visiting all the kids/grandkids.”


The singer appeared on her final episode in December 2020. During her last appearance, she fondly told her co-hosts, “I truly, genuinely, for real love you.” She added, “I have been so lucky and so grateful to be a part of this show. I’ve learned from each of you ladies.”She also told viewers she planned to focus on her husband, Maximillion Cooper, and “being with my family.”