‘The Talk’ Ending at CBS After 15 Seasons, Final Show Set

The Talk been canceled – officially, definitively, absolutely.

Though shows like The Talk have faced interruptions in recent years, the CBS daytime show has been airing in full swing for 15 years

And now, their days are numbered.

The hosts of The Talk in March of 2023.
Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Sheryl Underwood, Natalie Morales, and Jerry O’Connell attend as “The Talk” hosts visit the Empire State Building on March 07, 2023. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

‘The Talk’ Cancelled at CBS After 15 Seasons

CBS is ending the long-running daytime chat show in the fall of 2024.

It will still get a 15th season, albeit an abbreviated one, starting in September, but then it will get a “celebratory sendoff” in December.

“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,” said the statement from the network.

The writing was on the wall for awhile, sadly, with fans voicing concern The Talk would be cancelled earlier in March.

‘The Talk’ Wasn’t Airing Like It Usually Did

For awhile in March the network actually yanked The Talk off of the air.

CBS claimed that it’s a temporary measure at the time, but fans — already concerned about the show’s prospects — weren’t so sure.

On Monday, March 18, through Wednesday, March 20, The Talk aired like always. Then, something changed.

CBS pulled the show from its daytime lineup on Thursday, March 21. Confused viewers quickly realized that it would not air on Friday, March 22, either.

Fans feared that the network is doing a little spring cleaning. Had CBS canceled The Talk already?

Fans had already been expressing concern about the talk show’s future. After all, CBS has a new soap opera, The Gates, which will need room to grow.

(Notably, we should not confuse this soap with ABC’s criminally underrated 2010 supernatural crime drama, The Gates)

However, CBS is putting forward the official story, via a press release: “The Talk is preempted due to CBS Sports coverage of March Madness.”

CBS replaced ‘The Talk’ with WHAT?

March Madness is a sports term, referring to a series of basketball games that are, one assumes, very exciting to basketball fans.

(Yes, the Super Bowl was literally just one month earlier, but that was football. Year after year, there seems to be no end to sports events)

Apparently, these sporting events are so important that networks are willing to place other shows on hiatus simply for viewers to watch an orange ball pass through a net. Or not pass through the net, as the case may be.

The hosts of The Talk visiting the Empire State Building in March of 2023.
Sheryl Underwood, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Jerry O’Connell, Amanda Kloots, and Natalie Morales attend as “The Talk” hosts visit the Empire State Building on March 07, 2023. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

CBS set aside noon until 5 PM (ET) on Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22 as all-basketball, all the time, airing the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

It’s worth noting, for those who worry for The Talk’s future, that soap operas have also been placed upon a temporary hiatus.

Officially, these will return on Monday, March 25. But given that “March” Madness will continue until April 8, it’s entirely possible that there will be further scheduling changes.

The Talk hosts in 2018.
‘The Talk’ hosts Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Eve and Julie Chen, winners of Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, attend the DailyMail.com & DailyMailTV Trophy Room at the Daytime Emmy Awards 2018. (Photo Credit: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for DailyMail.com & DailyMailTV)

‘The Talk’ has undergone some changes

In 2010, The Talk premiered with a different lineup. Hosts included Julie Chen Moonves, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, and Holly Robinson Peete.

In 2024, the Season 14 lineup includes Sheryl Underwood, Jerry O’Connell, Natalie Morales, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Amanda Kloots.

Departures can happen for many reasons. Most memorable of all may have been Sharon Osbourne’s firing following horror stories of racism and homophobia towards her co-hosts and others.

Sharon Osbourne surrounded by glittering gold on Celebrity Big Brother: UK in 2024.
Surrounded by gauche gold tiles, Sharon Osbourne introduces herself on CBBUK in 2024. (Image Credit: ITV)

Even with host scandals behind them (Sharon was not alone), fans have a number of concerns.

Between The Talk‘s relatively low ratings — despite its usefulness for promoting other CBS programs to viewers — and the full dance card of soap operas, viewers were concerned that CBS wouldn’t renew the series for another season.

Now we know – it’s the end of an era!

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