Such an unbelievable shame how this entire thing was handled!
Holly Robinson Peete is opening up for the first time, in detail, about being booted from the second season of The Talk, the show she helped launch last year, and although she doesn't specifically mention co-host Julie Chen, who also happens to be married CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, as the main factor in she and Leah Remini being replaced with Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, she certainly alludes to it!
"Usually when you get fired, your boss brings you in, sits you down and tells you why they can’t keep you. They say we have to downsize or you’re not doing this, you’re not doing that. I was never given that opportunity. So, I just started hearing rumors that other people were hired. So, I’m like, ‘That’s going to be a crowded table.’ And I couldn’t get anything from my agents, no one could get anything from anybody – just that I wasn’t released [from my contract]. It was the most peculiar situation. I tuned into the show thinking I may hear something about why there, and of course, I heard nothing. It was a very, very frustrating time – the most frustrating time of my professional life. The main issue with The Talk is when you have somebody who’s in a power position and who can make decisions, there’s not a lot of recourse, there’s not a lot of discussion. And so because of that, they can pretty much do what they want. Still to this day, I don’t know. I speculate in my mind, but in trying to move forward all I can say is, ‘Hey, is it because of my performance?’ I don’t think so. We had developed these real relationships and the audience connected to it. We were like mommy, friends, sister-friends and when the show decided it didn’t need to offer an explanation, people were mad. And that’s what you were seeing, that’s what Leah and I saw. If anything I was lifted by it. I wasn’t happy about the decision, but it’s always great to see people go ‘Wait a second, I’m just as mad as you.’ I was surprised at how passionate people were and remain passionate — they are not giving up! So, when those same mom bloggers wondered what happened to those two girls who we’ve connected with and they got stonewalled by the network PR machine, they got pissed. They helped to make the show and they felt disrespected. I feel bad for [Sara], because I think about her original concept for the show. I don’t know where that is now. I mean the two ladies they brought on are fantastic and great TV personalities, but they’re not moms. So, I guess they abandoned the whole mom brand. That was Sara’s initial concept. I haven’t really spoken to her much since, so I don’t know what she thinks about that concept being dismantled. All you can do is control how you respond. And my major response to you and to everyone is that I’m not going to lie and say it was great the way it happened, but I’m also going to say that it was a great opportunity to get my feet wet in a genre I’ve been wanting to be in. And that is the best part of this. Now, I know I can do this. And I can move forward to try and find something else.”
Wow. You can tell that she's definitely biting her tongue here, and we can't say we blame her!
There is nothing remotely professional about the way her exit was handled! At all!
But we give her all the credit in the world for handling it with so much dignity, grace, and self-respect!
Stay strong, gurl! It's their loss!
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