*“The Talk’s” Sheryl Underwood has decided to go vegan for the month of February with mentoring from her co-host Sara Gilbert, a vegan O.G. and author of the healthy-lifestyle book The Imperfect Environmentalist (Ballantine).
The stunt, part of their big season 3 premiere, saw the ladies donning only white towels and robes, and jokingly hid their faces behind their hands before getting comfortable in the au naturel environment.
The makeup-free event was Gilbert’s idea. She told “Entertainment Tonight” that she was pleased her co-hosts were willing to go along with it.
“There’s not many single one person that would go on TV in front of millions of people with no makeup, so to be in a group of people that are willing to do that together is really cool,” she said. “It shows that we’re willing to show parts of our lives that not everybody is willing to show. We really are girlfriends and because we feel safe with each other, we’re willing to show more of ourselves to the public.”
Added Underwood: “It’s refreshing, but tomorrow we’ll be right back [wearing makeup].”
And the hosts weren’t the only ones to go un-glam for the day. Guests Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Stafford, Melody Thomas Scott and Katherine Kelly Lang also appeared sans makeup. “The impact this will have, you have no idea,” Curtis said, praising the idea as “revolutionary.”
*If you believe the tabloids, Sheryl Underwood’s new gig on “The Talk” is now in jeopardy.
Having replaced original co-host Leah Remini at the left end of the table, the comedian is rumored to be next on moderator’s Julie Chen chopping block, according to the National Enquirer. The tabloid also reports that Chen “cannot wait” for Molly Shannon’s guest-hosting turn – replacing Holly Robinson Peete – to come to an end.
“Julie believes they made a mistake by adding Sheryl to the panel. She thinks Sheryl’s comedy is too crude for daytime TV,” a source told the Enquirer. “Julie doesn’t mince words – she says Sheryl’s vulgar style isn’t a good fit.”
According to the Enquirer, Chen was particularly upset when Sheryl made light of a discussion about suicide during a talk about “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” husband Russell Armstrong.
Meanwhile, after the contracts for Holly and Leah were not renewed, it was alleged that Chen had been warning her co-hosts that her husband could fire them, says the Enquirer.
“The Talk” premiered in October, 2010, with co-hosts, creator and executive producer Sara Gilbert, 36, Chen as the moderator, Leah Remini, 41, Holly Robinson Peete, 46, Sharon Osbourne, 58, and Marissa Jaret Winokur, 38, as a special correspondent. Winokur was asked to leave the show in January.
The Enquirer’s source said: “Julie didn’t like Holly and Leah, and now she’s made it obvious that she’s not happy with Sheryl and Molly. At this point it looks like it may turn into the ‘Julie, Sara and Sharon show.’”
Meanwhile, the New York Post is quoting another unnamed source who says Chen, who is married to CBS President and CEO Les Moonves, is wreaking havoc on the set with cast changes, and insiders are referring to the show as “the Les Moonves show starring his annoying wife.”
*CBS is set to announce that conservative comic Sheryl Underwood and Kardashian mom Kris Jenner will serve as co-hosts of the CBS daytime show “The Talk,” reports Deadline.com.
Underwood, a former staple on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Jamie Foxx channel for Sirius XM satellite radio, is now a weekly contributor on radio’s Steve Harvey Morning Show. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Underwood likes to call herself “a sexually progressive God-fearing black Republican.”
This latest move by “Talk” producers follows months of apparent behind-the-scenes drama that culminated in the reported exit of co-hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. Their options were not renewed. [Holly talks about it below.]
Sharon Osbourne, who said she wanted to scale back her appearances on the show, will return this fall, but only for six non-consecutive weeks. Sara Gilbert, one of the creators of the show, and Les Moonves’ wife Julie Chen are still on board in front of the camera.
Chen, also the host of CBS’ “Big Brother,” is rumored to have been too overbearing behind the scenes, prompting tension between the ladies.
Below are just some of the “Chenbot” rumors that have surfaced since “The Talk” began:
From Zap2it.com (July 19, 2011): “Sara may be executive producer, but Julie is definitely the Queen B,” says one mole. “The reason [former executive producer] Susan Winston was fired following only two weeks on the job was because she changed something during a segment that made a guest uncomfortable,” says the insider. Allegedly, when Chen informed her husband, Les Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, of the incident he reportedly watched the segment in question and had Winston fired on the spot. Prior to that development, I reported last January that Barbara Bloom was relieved of her duties as Senior Vice-President of Daytime following alleged run-ins with Chen.
From New York Post’s Page Six (Aug 16, 2011): Julie Chen’s “queen bee attitude” is forcing the ladies of CBS’s “The Talk” to flee the daytime gab-fest after just one season. Sources say fed-up Leah Remini plans to quit on the heels of Sharon Osbourne’s bombshell that she’s taking a break. Co-host Holly Robinson Peete last week said she will not return for Season 2. The last straw for Osbourne and Remini was Chen’s order, passed down from her master-of- the-universe husband, CBS President Les Moonves, following their South of France break, that the women were not allowed to discuss the Casey Anthony case without her because she’s the only host with journalistic credentials. “[Julie] said, ‘My husband feels strongly that you should not be talking about news [without me], you are not news people,’ ” our source told us. “Sharon just said, ‘I don’t know about this.’ She’d had enough. ” Despite the friction, one program insider called Chen “the glue that holds the show together” and firmly placed the blame on Remini. “[Remini] was a disruptive force,” the source said. “She had a huge morale problem,” adding that Remini often brought her mother on set, who refused to follow studio rules. “Her mother never parked in her assigned space,” the insider said. “She was told not to park in the lot anymore. ” Two executive producers have abandoned the show since it began last fall. But co-host Sara Gilbert is slated to return. A CBS spokesperson told us, “ ‘The Talk’ just finished a strong first season . . . The producers are currently working on a creative game plan for Season 2, which launches on Sept. 6.” Osbourne’s rep said she was “not reachable.” Remini’s agent said, “I don’t believe anyone’s option has been picked up. Her mom does go to the show every day as does Sara’s mom and Holly’s mom.” He declined to comment about the parking-lot matter because Remini couldn’t be reached by deadline.
*CBS has announced that it will replace its long-running soap opera “As the World Turns” with a new hour-long daily talk show with six female co-hosts – including actress Holly Robinson Peete.
The as-yet-unnamed copy of ABC’s “The View” will also include hosts Julie Chen, who hosts “Big Brother” and is a co-anchor on “The Early Show”; “America’s Got Talent” judge and former “Celebrity Apprentice ” contestant Sharon Osbourne; Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene on TV’s “Roseanne” and has recently been added to the cast of “The Big Bang Theory;” Broadway actress and former “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Marissa Jaret Winokur; and actress Leah Remini of “The King of Queens.”
CBS said Wednesday that the new show will take a mom’s view of entertainment and news stories. All the panelists have children and several have celebrity mates.
Osbourne is the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne; Peete is married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete; and Julie Chen is the wife of CBS CEO Les Moonves. Gilbert is a lesbian mom, raising two children with partner Allison Adler.