The forthcoming sophomore season of CBS’ midday gabfest The Talk — also known as the Poor Man’s The View in some circles — will undergo some good old “casting changes” when it hits the airwaves next month.
Casualties No. 1 & 2: Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete.
Word on the Curb has it that CBS has decided not to pick up Season 2 options for Peete and Remini, who gabbed it up every weekday afternoon as part of original lineup of six co-hosts.
This isn’t the first time, there’s been a shakeup on the show. Halfway into Season 1 of The Talk, Broadway alum Marissa Jaret Winokur, quietly headed for the exit. That was back in January. In the meantime, co-hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, and Julie Chen (who happens to be married to CBS president Len Moonves) are expected to renew their contracts. Though Sharon may be taking a bit of time off to chill with hubby Ozzy.
Peete and Remini’s departures are part of a plan to re-tool the program, insiders say. Specifically why those two women will not be returning is anyone’s guess though. CBS isn’t talking, of course, but the alleged castaways took to Twitter Tuesday to thank their fans.
“Hey… THANKS for all the lovely supportive comments All I know is I love The Talk and hope to be back next season xoxo #realtalk,” Peete Tweeted.
“Thank You for all the love you guys are showing me. I really do appreciate it, means everything,” Remini added on her own Twitter feed.
While the network is debating creative angles and new hosts, The Talk Season 2 is scheduled to kick off on Sept. 6.