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Why are co-hosts, Osbourne, Ramini and Peete fleeing "The Talk"?

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Problems abound for The Talk, the afternoon ladies gabfest that was the designated replacement for the beloved As the World Turns. As it is set to go into production for season two at the beginning of September, it looks like many of the gals are fleeing the series, and some putting the blame squarely on host and anchor, Julie Chen!

Sharon Osbourne had already announced she was taking a break from the afternoon panel, and Holly Robinson Peete announced last week, she would not be returning.  And now according to the New York Post, their sources are telling them that Leah Ramini is so fed up she is about to walk!  So does this have to do with Julie Chen?

NY Post reports, “Julie Chen’s “queen bee attitude” is forcing the ladies of CBS’s The Talk to flee the daytime gab-fest after just one season.  The last straw for Osbourne and Remini was Chen’s order, passed down from her master-of- the-universe husband,CBS president Les Moonves following their South of France break, that the women were not allowed to discuss the Casey Anthony case without her because she’s the only host with journalistic credentials.

“[Julie] said, ‘My husband feels strongly that you should not be talking about news [without me], you are not news people,’ ” our source told us. “Sharon just said, ‘I don’t know about this.’ She’d had enough. ”Despite the friction, one program insider called Chen “the glue that holds the show together” and firmly placed the blame on Remini. “[Remini] was a disruptive force,” the source said. “She had a huge morale problem,” adding that Remini often brought her mother on set, who refused to follow studio rules. “Her mother never parked in her assigned space,” the insider said. “She was told not to park in the lot anymore. ”

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Also of note:  two executive producers have quit the series since last fall, and the show is just a year old!


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KelseyUSA
KelseyUSA

Just a heads up, Leah Remini’s name is misspelled in the title and in the 2nd paragraph in the body of the article.

Chen seems like a diva.

Torrey
Torrey

All I have to say is, “Ha, ha, ha.” Guess CBS should have thought long and hard before canceling ATWT

Jeannie
Jeannie

Yesssss!!!!

Karen Wubs
Karen Wubs

Well… Wonder why Gilbert is staying??!! I so wanted some Scientology to be involved dang it. 🙂

betsy
betsy

note in the credits the show was created by Gilbert.

Benjaman
Benjaman

Journalistic credibility? Ummm … just exactly who is the Big Brother host????

Bambi
Bambi

This show replaced my beloved ATWT. I’ve never watched it. Would never watch any show that replaces a soap. I cant wait for it to tank.

Jeannie
Jeannie

Me too!

Brenda
Brenda

Me three. I never watch a show that replaced a soap.

Kathy
Kathy

“The Talk” has sucked since Day 1 and will continue to suck until its inevitable demise, which IMO, should come mid-season.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Are we surprised? (The answer: No!) We knew THE TALK did not have “the walk” when it was announced. And for this pale imitation of THE VIEW — lightning rarely strikes twice — we lost AS THE WORLD TURNS?!?!? I am still sick over it! I hope ABC and their teams for THE CHEW (Ew!) and THE REVOLUTION (Is that the other gabfest Brian Frons claims we are dying to see every afternoon?) are paying attention to this CBS misfire. The broadcast webs want to keep us tuned into their fare but when it comes to daytime (and even Friday and Saturday nights), no one seems to get it right, to give the audience what it wants, or even try.

Torrey
Torrey

Totally agree….ABC needs to take notice to this. The Chew will end as quickly as it begins. Can’t wait to see how low the ratings are.

Jeannie
Jeannie

I’m still sick over it too! It was one of about three shows I could stand to watch. TV is so lame now.

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

Well Chen is boring and rather common looking and i just really can’t stand her..I’m sure if she wasn’t married to the cbs president she wouldn’t be where she is. Without Sharon no one will tune in i don’t think.

JK
JK

Good. Replace ATWT for this dreck? Get canceled already.

harlee
harlee

Karma baby….ATWT silent revenge. I will never watch no show replacing a soap. First my beloved GL then ATWT and both shows aren’t tearing the ratings up because loyalty for networks have been destroyed at their own hands. Fans are sick & tired of telling people what to watch instead of actually fixing the problem. I have recently turned off Y&R and that was my last connection to CBS daytime because of the hack job MAB is doing to Y&R.

lew
lew

Mr. Frons should learn a lesson from this.

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

This is not at all surprising. I refuse to watch The Talk. I didn’t watch ATWT, but I did watch GL. I will also refuse to watch the AMC & OLTL ‘replacements’ when they come. I will definitely been watching AMC & OLTL when it moves online.

Robin
Robin

THANK YOU!!

Rob
Rob

They replaced GL with the dreadful re-boot of Lets Make a Deal, cancelled ATWT for this crapfest, lol, all I can say is KARMA IS A B*TCH CBS!!!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I agree with Les Moonves!

JustSaying
JustSaying

This was the last straw. Well, what was the first straw? Details please.

The other four hosts knew what they were getting into when they signed onto the show. They knew it was just a matter of time before he got involved.

Aside from pointing fingers, it’s understandable to have someone with journalism credentials. But the same can be said about Chen. She shouldn’t be allowed to talk about psychology because Osbourne is the only host with psychology credentials. Let’s see how much she likes that.

david
david

This is ego, stupidity, or both. The Talk is not Meet the Press or This Week. The Talk is host discussion (gossip) of public events. To insist Chen must be present for discussion of certain topics because of journalistic ethics literally contradicts the premise of the show and gags the other hosts to the point that no one could say anything in her absence. Absurd. The show is a piece of garbage anyway, and deserves to crash and burn. Anyone who walks away looks better than those who stay under these conditions. And you can’t get more petty than complaining about where someone’s elderly mother parks her car. Pathetic.

gweesha
gweesha

Leah is my favorite. I like Hollly too, and I think they are both strong hosts. Sara Gilbert is so boring, and now I can’t look at Julie Chen (Divas turn me OFF big time) the same now. I watch this show a lot, but I won’t be in September!

ethel
ethel

sharon, holly & leah are very strong women & i have a lot of respect for the three of them. i like sara but she seems very docile. julie comes off as an overpowering diva & i can’t stand her!

Lauren
Lauren

I totally agree with you Ethel, could not have said it better myself.

todd
todd

I tuned in once…..as I was an ATWT fan. The hosts seemed uncomfortable and very forced. Leah seemed drunk or high. I’m glad it is failing. No-one will want to watch next season. I thought Sharon was the only draw. I hope the Chew is an even worse failure. I liked Carla from Top Chef and Clinton from What Not To Wear…..but now they are in the enemy camp. The show looks terrible. 25% of American children are living in poverty according to last figures. Many go to bed hungry. 4 people sitting around table talking about new healthy recipes seems so unimportant, not entertaining, and socially irresponsible. I can’t pay my bills….the last thing I am concerned about is how to make my own salad dressing.

Dave
Dave

YEA…the Talk sucks!!!!!!! I hope it tanks soon. Les Moonves has done sucha great job of ousting viewers from his network, and diva Julie Chen can take her journalistic intentions and shove them. She makes me sick…..!!!!!!!

Lawrence
Lawrence

Reminds me of when Chen was on CBS Early Show. She got to start an hour later than the other co anchors… DIVA… I cant stand her. She totally projects that on air. I know some of her relatives who are nothing like that.

cecilia
cecilia

i dont like the talk i am so sick of talk shows i loved as the world turns i did watch it once in a while and leah and sharon were the only ones worth watching. i do not like the new season and hope it is canceled

Marie
Marie

I loved the Talk. I DVR’d it everyday. I will not watch if Leah and Sharon are not on it. The other ones are boring.

lina chouinard
lina chouinard

BRING BACK AS THE WORLD TURNS

Jeannie
Jeannie

Yessss!!!

Alice
Alice

I used to watch The Talk every day and DVD ifI had to, but now that Leah and Holly are not on it and when Sharon leaves it will suck, it has lost it”s edge. Won’t watch it anymore.

June Bug
June Bug

Watched one show of the “new” season….show will bomb without Reah, Sharon & Holly….and yes I agree with the others about Julie thinking she’s a diva! Bring back A T W T…..until then I’ve switched to watching Rachael Ray!

Jeannie
Jeannie

Agree!!!

Heather
Heather

And why should we even care about what is happening on this pathetic show?

The only news about I’m interested in hearing about The Talk is its cancellation.

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News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

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Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

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John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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