Last fall, Marissa Jaret Winokur helped Julie Chen, Sharon Osborurne, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete and Sara Gilbert all promote their new talk show The Talk – described in the press as a knockoff of ABC’s The View. Winokur’s ‘Mom In The Street’ interviews were to set it apart. And now the actress is walking away.
“I will not be returning to ‘The Talk’ this year,” Winokur tells People.com, confirming that she prefers to focus on her new clothing line and developing her own cable series.
An executive producer of The Talk insists that the separation is due to timing and not talent.
The 37-year-old New York native was brought onboard to contribute twice-a-week ‘Mom in the Street’ segments, taking the show out of the studio setting. “But as the show evolved,” Winokur says, “there really wasn’t room for my segments.”
Brad Bessey, exec producer on ‘The Talk,’ said in a statement: “We think the world of Marissa as a creative talent, on-air personality and super mom….The show is trending toward more time with panel conversations and interviews, creating fewer opportunities for the mom-on-the-street segments. We are grateful beyond words to Marissa for her hard work, unrivaled energy and enthusiasm; and the integral role she played in the successful launch of The Talk. We wish her the very best.”
Do you think Winokur’s departure will affect The Talk’s success?