Viewers of CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk are still waiting for the network to explain why they fired Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete after only one season as co-hosts on the show. It seems those viewers may never get an explanation.
Remini and Robinson Peete were not given a reason as to why they were replaced on The Talk, and their loyal fans are outraged. The perceived disrespect of Remini and Robinson Peete by CBS has sparked a movement on Facebook and Twitter. Fans of the two talented ladies have created a Facebook page called “The Talk sucks with out Leah and Holly”. While the member numbers are below 500 right now, the group has rallied to bring down the number of The Talk Facebook fans. The Talk page has lost over 3000 fans in the last week. Some fans are calling for a boycott of all CBS shows while others have started a petition on twitter to get Remini and Robinson Peete a show on Oprah’s network, OWN.
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Remini issued a statement regarding not being asked back to the show, saying in part, “Words cannot express how truly grateful I am to you, our fans, for your support… The show meant a lot to me. It is not easy to get a show like this up and running. It was hard work; I don’t think I have ever worked so hard in my whole career!” She went on to address her many fans that have supported both she and Holly throughout the ordeal, “Thank You for all that you have done. I am so happy to have that year with you. I looked forward to your tweets and messages after the show and I will miss that. You have been such loyal fans and I know you wish me well. I look forward to what is next for me . . . for US!”
Holly Robinson Peete issued a statement saying that, “After weeks in limbo, I was finally “officially” given word from CBS today that I have not been picked up for the 2nd season of The TALK. 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… I want to thank The TALK viewers and those who supported and rallied around me and expressed appreciation for the humor and heart I attempted to bring to the table… You lifted me!.. But by far, what I will miss the most: the amazing platform to spread awareness about families affected by autism and special needs. Just know that I will never stop speaking for you, and sharing your stories…EVER.”
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Remini has indicated on twitter that she has yet to hear from her former colleagues at The Talk, except for her friend Holly Robinson Peete. Sharon Osbourne did tweet that she missed Leah and Holly, but that is as far as she went.Though rumors run rampant that Julie Chen was behind the firings and has forbid anyone associated with The Talk to speak about or contact Remini and Robinson Peete, no one has been able to verify that it is true with actual named sources. Chen is married to CBS President Les Moonves and many fans speculate that if Chen wanted her co-hosts back on the show, they would have been there.
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Some fans had no idea that the duo had been canned, and were shocked when they watched the first episode of the new season on September 6. Even the studio audience members booed when they were told before taping began, that the two ladies were no longer on the show. Not only were two new faces on The Talk, Molly Shannon and Sheryl Underwood, but the fact that Remini and Robinson Peete were no longer there was completely ignored. Not one word was mentioned on the show, as if the viewers would not recognize two of their favorite co-hosts were gone.
Judging by the reader comments the National Generation X Examiner received on the article Fans angry that CBS fired Holly Robinson Pete and Leah Remini from ‘The Talk’, the firing of Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete has and will continue to cost The Talk viewers. Whether the show will survive and stay on the air remains to be seen.
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