“The Talk" Behind-the-Scenes: Not Widely Known Facts About the Iconic TV Talk Show
The CBS talk show "The Talk" has been around for 10 years. During this last decade, its female hosts have been very open about their opinions on several different subjects, but what really goes on behind-the-scenes? One thing's for sure: there's plenty of drama to go around!
They catch up on each other before the show
Around 11:30 am, a few hours before the show starts, the production team takes place. This is when executive producer John Redmann meets with the hosts to discuss that day's topics. He then listens to what the ladies have to say about each topic so that there's some "control" on what the outcome may be.
However, the ladies usually take this meeting to catch up, telling each other about what they were up to the night before. "What's funny about this meeting is that it's usually they're talking and gossiping and having fun," Redmann said. "We can't get them out of this meeting. They genuinely have a good friendship."
Makeup and hair are essential
There's no way the ladies could ever go on stage looking the way they did when they woke up that day. One of the essential rituals of the day consists of them having their hair and makeup done so that they look flawless on camera. During the show, the makeup artists and hairdressers go on stage to retouch the ladies.
The "housekeeping" meeting
Just before the show starts there's another meeting. This is the moment when the entire team of the show gets together to coordinate everything that is going to happen during that day's taping. It's usually called the "morning meeting" but host Julie Chen used to call it the "housekeeping meeting".
When taped on the West Coast it usually takes place around 10:15 am but in New York it starts later because the show is only recorded at 2 pm. It's also a place where anything can happen, like host Sharon Osbourne involving the whole team in a video call with her husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
The audience gets a pep talk before the show
Just before the show starts, there's one person that makes sure there's enough energy from the live audience to give the show the boost it needs. That person, also known as the "warm-up guy", is Bill Sindelar. His job is to tell some jokes and let the audience know what they will be seeing on the show that day.
The ladies make a triumphal entrance every day
When they're shooting in Los Angeles, there's not a lot of walking time from the backstage to the set, but when they're shooting in New York, they have time to do a little group cheer before starting to shoot, which gets them fired up and ready to go.
When they finally get on set, the audience, already properly warmed-up by the warm-up guy, makes the hosts feel they're some sort of rock stars performing on a stadium of thousands of people. There's no way not to feel the massive energy that comes out of all those people that show genuine excitement to see the ladies.
They are superstitious when it comes to post-interview photos
Every day, right after interviewing a guest on the show, the ladies always insist on doing a post-interview group shot with the guest. They always appear on the photo in the same order that they sit on the show. And this applies to all situations in which they appear together. It seems they're very superstitious about that.
Former host Leah Remini was fired because of one of the other hosts
Actress Leah Remini was one of the show's original hosts on season one. However, she didn't get to return on season 2. Fans liked how Remini entertained them with stories about her life on the show, so they were deeply disappointed to know she wasn't coming back.
So, if the show's fans liked Remini as a host, what happened? Shortly after getting fired, the actress went on "The Howard Stern Show", where she revealed the dramatic reason. Apparently, according to Remini, Sharon Osbourne, who was supposedly her friend, played a part in getting fired because she didn't like how outspoken she was.
Were Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert really friends?
At a certain point in the show's early beginnings, some rumors were talking about some behind-the-scenes drama between Sharon Osbourne and the show's creator, actress Sara Gilbert. Both ladies talked about the rumor on the show and dismissed it as being untrue.
Indeed, when Sara left the show in 2019, Sharon broke down in tears saying how much she was going to miss her friend. So it seems that, whatever may or may not have happened between the two ladies, it's all good now. Sharon and her husband Ozzy have appeared on Sara's new show "The Conners".
The shocking reason Julie Chen left the show
When the show first premiered in 2010, Julie Chen, former news anchor and Big Brother host, was the table's moderator, responsible for engaging the other hosts in the day's topics of discussion. But in September 2018, Chen left the show.
Around this time, Chen's husband, CBS CEO Les Moonves, was the target of assault allegations. Intending to stay out of the spotlight during that controversial time and dedicate extra time to her family, Chen decided that the best would be to leave the show. She did, however, remain as Big Brother's host.
Is there more drama between the hosts?
On season 10, "The Talk" welcomed new co-host, Marie Osmond. Marie seems to be a hit with the show's fans and has been fitting right in with the group. But recently some rumors came up about a possible feud between long-time host Sharon Osbourne and the new co-host.
Although production stopped due to the coronavirus, the ladies have continued discussing their views directly from their homes. In a recent episode, Marie said she was intrigued by the virus, a statement that offended Sharon. Their exchange of opinions led to the idea that something serious could be going on between the two ladies, but Sharon has denied it.
There's a new "The Talk" show
After a halt in production on March 14, following the coronavirus outbreak, on March 30 the ladies went back to sharing their views on a newly adapted series called "The Talk@Home". On this new version of the show, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond continue hosting the show from their own homes.
The ladies have also continued interviewing celebrity guests such as Terry Crews, the host of CBS's "Let's Make a Deal" Sean Hayes and comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, on Instagram Live.“During an unprecedented time like this, we all need to be talking, connecting, having important conversations and sharing laughs with friends and family more than ever,” said executive producer John Redmann.
Why did Sara Gilbert really leave the show?
As the creator of the show, it seemed quite odd to see Sara Gilbert leaving at the end of season 9. So why did she leave? Well, as it seems, it had nothing to do with behind-the-scenes drama. It was just becoming too difficult for Sara to balance hosting "The Talk" and starring in her new show "The Conners".
Also, she was losing quality family time with her 4-year-old son, so she decided to make the difficult decision of quitting the show she created back in 2010. She did promise, however, to drop by in the show once in a while.
One of the hosts earns much more than the others
As the only original-show host on "The Talk", Sharon Osbourne earns much more than the other more recent co-hosts. According to E!News, a few years ago her salary was at $1 million per year, which has, of course, increased over time.
Her net worth of $220 million, which consists not only of her salary at "The Talk", but also of her job as her husband's manager, as the creator of the rock festival Ozzfest and as a judge on "The X-Factor" and "America's Got Talent", is reportedly 10 times more than that of her most recent co-host Marie Osmond.
Co-Host Eve is the target of social media haters
Rapper/actress Eve was excited by the idea of joining the team of hosts at "The Talk" 3 years ago when she first started hosting. The energy she felt on set during her first test week had her convinced that it would be a great idea to join the show. But it apparently revealed to be more difficult than anticipated.
While giving her personal opinions on different topics, she also found herself the target of haters on social media. "I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve been like, 'What did I sign up for?' because I’m very quiet in my real life," she said. "When you say certain things, you upset a lot of people."
There's definitely some drama going on behind-the-scenes at "The Talk"! Are you a fan of the show? Which one of the current hosts is your favorite? Let us know all about it in the comments section and don't forget to share the article!Sources: Business Insider, Distractify