When “The Talk” was introduced earlier this year, it was a pleasant change from the vitriol that “The View” had become. With Julie Chen as the host and the regulars adding their varied personalities, it made a wonderful mixture of friendships and camaraderie. Sharon Osbourne is a funny and interesting person. In addition to her wit, she is a smart woman who has had her share of ups and downs and has emerged as not only Ozzy’s wife and mother to her three (2 famous) children but a recognizable approachable figure. Sara Gilbert is best known as one of the kids on “Little House on the Prairie” and daughter on “Rosanne.” She is a vegan and was in a relationship with another woman, and until recently and both are parents of the two children they share joint custody of.
Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini are no longer on the show and although the attempts to find a good mix produced several nice people; it just does not seem to work. Holly is married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. She is an actress who is best known for her roles in “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.” She speaks four languages and is also an author and singer. Her most important role is as a mother of four children, one who has autism. This has become one of her major crusades and she and husband started the HollyRod Foundation dedicated to the support of families of autistic children. The fifth member of the quintet was Leah Remini, better known as Carrie, wife to the King of Queens also starring Kevin James and Jerry Stiller. She is married and the mother of a daughter Sophia. She is also a member of the Church of Scientology, which according to various websites, was part of the rift between both she and Holly.
CBS should have “The Talk” with them and tried to give some latitude to differences in opinions; after all, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck do not always see eye to eye in the political arena, but manage to be cordial and remain friends. ABC and/or Barbara Walters seem to have even removed some of the tension between them and made the show even more enjoyable.
After nearly one month of the new season, and having new co-hosts, Sheryl Underwood, Molly Shannon and Kris Jenner, the glue that held this show together has lost its stickiness and with more and more channels from cable and satellite providers, viewers are looking elsewhere. There is even a Facebook page called “The Talk Sucks w/o Leah and Holly.” If viewers agree they can click on the Like button, so far there are over 2000 people who agree.
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