CBS Cancels ‘The Talk’ – The Show Will End With Season 15

The Talk Season 14 (Credit: CBS)

The conversation will soon be over at The Talk.

CBS announced Friday the Emmy-winning daytime talk show has been renewed for a shortened 15th and final season.

The final season will launch in the fall, with the last episode airing in December 2024.

The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format,” CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach and CBS Studios president David Stapf said in a joint statement. “Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

The statement went on to thank the show’s production team and current hosts.

“It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our executive producer/showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew,” the statement continued.

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The two executives also expressed gratitude to the show’s past hosts.

“We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day,” they said. “And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that the show would be ending after CBS announced plans in early March to develop The Gates, a new daytime soap opera about a wealthy Black family.

Actress and producer Sara Gilbert created The Talk, which premiered in 2010. Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Sharon Osbourne, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, and Leah Remini were the original hosts.

Other hosts have included Marie Osmond, Aisha Tyler, Carrie Ann Inaba, Eve, and Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth.

In March 2021, the show faced controversy when Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood got into a heated on-air debate about racism.

Social media users accused Osbourne of “gaslighting” for defending her friend Piers Morgan and his criticism of Meghan Markle for doing a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey about the royal family.

When Underwood pushed back, Osbourne responded by telling her “don’t try and cry” and said: “This is the situation, you tell me where you have heard him say — educate me, tell me — when you have heard him say racist things. Educate me! Tell me!”

Underwood calmly responded, “It is not the exact words of racism. It’s the implication and the reaction to it.”

The Talk was briefly taken off the air and returned with an episode about “race and healing.”

Days later, CBS announced Osbourne was leaving the show. Osbourne then went public and said, “I’m angry. I’m hurt.”

Earlier this week, ABC said The View is the #1 daytime network talk show, with nearly double the audience of The Talk.

For the week of April 1, 2024, The View had 2.377 million total viewers. It was followed by NBC’s Today Third Hour with 1.937 million viewers. Today with Hoda & Jenna had 1.487 million viewers, and The Talk had 1.325 million viewers, based on Nielsen live + same day figures.