Holly Robinson Peete Opens Up About Being Fired From The Talk!


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!

She explains:

“Usually when you get fired, your boss brings you in, sits you down and tells you why they can├óΓé¼Γäót keep you. They say we have to downsize or you├óΓé¼Γäóre not doing this, you├óΓé¼Γäóre not doing that. I was never given that opportunity. So, I just started hearing rumors that other people were hired. So, I├óΓé¼Γäóm like, ├óΓé¼╦£That├óΓé¼Γäós going to be a crowded table.├óΓé¼Γäó And I couldn├óΓé¼Γäót get anything from my agents, no one could get anything from anybody ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ just that I wasn├óΓé¼Γäót 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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ the most frustrating time of my professional life. The main issue with The Talk is when you have somebody who├óΓé¼Γäós in a power position and who can make decisions, there├óΓé¼Γäós not a lot of recourse, there├óΓé¼Γäós not a lot of discussion. And so because of that, they can pretty much do what they want. Still to this day, I don├óΓé¼Γäót know. I speculate in my mind, but in trying to move forward all I can say is, ├óΓé¼╦£Hey, is it because of my performance?├óΓé¼Γäó I don├óΓé¼Γäót 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├óΓé¼Γäót need to offer an explanation, people were mad. And that├óΓé¼Γäós what you were seeing, that├óΓé¼Γäós what Leah and I saw. If anything I was lifted by it. I wasn├óΓé¼Γäót happy about the decision, but it├óΓé¼Γäós always great to see people go ├óΓé¼╦£Wait a second, I├óΓé¼Γäóm just as mad as you.├óΓé¼Γäó 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├óΓé¼Γäóve 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├óΓé¼Γäót know where that is now. I mean the two ladies they brought on are fantastic and great TV personalities, but they├óΓé¼Γäóre not moms. So, I guess they abandoned the whole mom brand. That was Sara├óΓé¼Γäós initial concept. I haven├óΓé¼Γäót really spoken to her much since, so I don├óΓé¼Γäót 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├óΓé¼Γäóm not going to lie and say it was great the way it happened, but I├óΓé¼Γäóm also going to say that it was a great opportunity to get my feet wet in a genre I├óΓé¼Γäóve 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.├óΓé¼┬¥

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!

[Image via WENN.]

Nov 4, 2011 6:20pm PDT

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