11:20am PT by Rick Porter
Marie Osmond Joins 'The Talk' as Sara Gilbert's Replacement
The Talk is bringing Marie Osmond to the table.
The singer and TV personality will join the CBS daytime show for its tenth season in September, following the departure of host and creator Sara GIlbert at the end of the current season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Osmond has been a guest co-host on the show numerous times, most recently in March.
"If you've seen Marie Osmond guest host on The Talk over the past nine seasons, you know she's the perfect addition to the show," Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs for CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, said Tuesday in a statement. "Marie's impressive career accomplishments have endeared her to fans throughout the decades. Her willingness to be authentic and share personal triumphs and struggles with honesty in the hopes of helping others always resonates. I'm excited to kick off season 10 with the multi-talented, dynamic Marie at The Talk table."
Gilbert announced in April that she would be leaving The Talk, saying she felt "out of balance" working on both the daytime show and ABC's The Conners, on which she stars and executive produces. Between those two commitments and developing other projects, Gilbert said, she didn't leave enough time for her family and herself.
Osmond will be the second new co-host to join The Talk in the past year. After Julie Chen left the show in September following the ouster of her husband, Les Moonves, as chairman of CBS, Carrie Ann Inaba joined the show full-time. (Like Osmond, she had been a frequent guest host.) Eve, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood also host.
"It is such a joy for me to be joining The Talk in September," said Osmond. "After guest co-hosting and appearing as a guest on the show throughout the years, I am thrilled to now call this my day job. I look forward to working with Sharon, Sheryl, Eve and Carrie Ann, who are such smart, strong, talented women whom I immensely respect. I cannot wait to share this exciting new chapter with the viewers and the CBS family."
Osmond had her own daytime show on Hallmark in 2012-13 and co-hosted a syndicated talker with brother Donny from 1998-2000. The brother and sister, who have been performing together since the 1970s, also have a long-running Las Vegas residency that is scheduled to close in November.