Rumors that Holly may not be back to the show began circulating weeks ago, but the actress hadn’t responded, until now.
“After weeks in limbo, I was finally ‘officially’ given word from CBS today that I have not been picked up for the second season of The Talk,” the actress says in an official statement on her foundation’s website. “I realize there have been several reports and ‘leaks’ for sometime to this effect but until today I was not contractually released which prevented me from moving on and finding other work.”
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Fans of the popular daytime talk show will likely be angered by the producer’ decision, but Holly, who’s always a class act, chose the high road and expressed her gratitude.
“While I am relieved to have this closure, it doesn’t diminish my disappointment one bit about not continuing with a show I worked very hard to launch and love dearly,” Holly writes. “Thank you to CBS for a tremendous opportunity to realize a long held dream of mine to host a daytime talk show. I learned SO much and will cherish and build upon my experience. Best of all I made some friends for life…”
During her time on the show Holly, whose son is autistic, often used her time on screen as a platform to help promote awareness about children who suffer from autism. In her statement she promises to stay positive and keep fighting for that cause.
The Talk returns to CBS next Tuesday when newly added host Sheryl Underwood will join co-hosts Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, and Sharon Osbourne.