The Talk hosts talk shop
Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete are taking on daytime with The Talk, a new daily chat show premiering Monday, October 18 on CBS. SheKnows got the scoop on what to expect straight from The Talk hosts themselves.
The Talk of The Talk
SheKnows: Sara Gilbert, when you were developing The Talk as exec producer, did you amp up the mommy angle to try to differentiate it from The View?
Sara Gilbert: No, this came from an organic place for me. I was a new mom [and] I was feeling overwhelmed. Was I giving the baby enough? Was I giving my son enough attention? I started going to this mom group and it was like a light bulb. I thought, "What if there were a show where a bunch of women sat together and talked about the world through that perspective?"
Julie Chen: But I want to be clear on something: This is not a show that's just for moms. When you tune into it, you're seeing six women from totally different walks of life talking about what everyone is buzzing about, from Mel Gibson to the Arizona immigration law. We don't have an edit button. We're not here to judge each other. We're not here to give advice.
Leah Remini: We'll probably judge each other, but we'll say it to each other on the air. Sara's already made me feel like crap for giving my kids sugar, so it's already begun.
A Talk soupSheKnows: Will all six of you be on The Talk every day?
Sara Gilbert: Five of us are planning to be on the panel every day. Marissa will be in the field more and then come in to discuss certain topics.
SheKnows: How will you avoid the problem of over-talking, which is so prevalent on The View?
Julie Chen: Like that [covers Leah's mouth].
Sara Gilbert: For some reason, we just seem to not talk over each other too much. There's a good chemistry. We've been respecting each other.
Leah Remini: As things get heated in the moment, it will be a lot of, "Let me say something," as opposed to, "Ra, ra, ra."
The Talk protocolSara Gilbert: And we've talked about, "It's okay to interrupt each other. Let's try not to stampede over one another."
SheKnows: Are you prepared to share opinions that are not necessarily popular?
Sharon Osbourne: I'm not running for mayor, so I don't care what people think of my point of view.
Leah Remini: Every one of us feels righteous in what we think, but what's great about having a real friendship is we can argue those points. Having those conversations with somebody who is not on the Internet, [where people] talk crap about people without having to face them, is very different from being able to bounce things off of your friends.
Marissa Jaret Winokur: My first year with my son was difficult. It's not popular to say that, but it's important to hear someone say, "You know what? That first year, I was so overwhelmed. I sat in my bathroom and I cried every night." Moms sitting home feeling that same way can go, "Maybe there's nothing wrong with me."
The Talk takes sides?SheKnows: CBS president Nina Tassler said Sharon represents the conservative viewpoint, with an assist from Holly. Do you see it that way?
Sharon Osbourne: I don't. I'm a very tolerant, liberal woman, but when it comes to kids, I am very conservative. You learn through your mistakes.
SheKnows: Sara, the initial The Talk press release didn't mention your partner, even though everyone else's husband was listed. Were you trying to avoid the lesbian issue?
Sara Gilbert: I've been acting my whole life and I've never discussed my personal life. This is a talk show, so obviously, I'm going to be discussing my life more and I felt that the first place I wanted to do it wasn't in a CBS press release. It just seemed impersonal. I am who I am and when topics come up that are appropriate, I'll talk about them and share.
SheKnows: Leah, this will be the first time a member of the Church of Scientology will get personal and share her life-views. How much do you expect your religion to play a role in the discussions?
Leah Remini: None at all. My job is my job. What I do, I do because I love. In this format, I love that I'm able to maybe help women hear a story that makes them laugh. That other thing is not even part of my discussion.
The Talk's broad strokesSara Gilbert: It's dangerous to look at people through one lens and say, "Oh, that's the thing they are going to represent." Leah is a brilliantly funny, real, dynamic person and that's what she's going to bring.
Leah Remini: Thank you. The thing we are focusing on is that we're moms, that we all have relationships and that we all have the same trials and tribulations that a relationship goes through. That's why I love this show. I wasn't finding an outlet, other than my very close friends, to have these conversations.
SheKnows: Here's a test run question: Any thoughts on Bristol Palin's vow of celibacy before she gets married?
Marissa Jaret Winokur: It's a little late.
Leah Remini: Yeah. Why now? I don't even get it.
Sharon Osbourne: Is that a joke?
Julie Chen: I'm rolling my eyes.
Sara Gilbert: The only thing I could say is if somebody would watch that and be inspired to follow her lead, maybe it could have some value.
Julie Chen: That's why we have Sara.