One less gabber will be contributing to “The Talk.”
Marissa Jaret Winokur is leaving the CBS daytime talk show, which launched in September with six co-hosts around “The Talk” table.
The news is not terribly surprising, since many observers were surprised with producers’ decision to have that many co-hosts to begin with. The crowded panel seemed vulnerable to suffering a casualty or two once the talk show got off the ground and found its footing.
Winokur was brought on board to do “Mom in the Street” segments twice a week, “But as the show evolved,” she says, “there really wasn’t room for my segments.”
Winokur says she will be moving on to focus on her other projects, which include developing her own cable show and her plans to launch a clothing line.
An executive producer for the show, Brad Bessey, confirmed Winokur’s exit saying, “This is a mutual decision based on time, not talent.”
Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Sara Gilbert and Leah Remini remain as co-hosts on the show, which just delivered its highest weekly numbers to date in the first week of January, with a 1.7/05 household rating and 2.34 million viewers.