THE Talk’s Elaine Welteroth has left the show after one season.
Her departure from the daytime talk show comes after cohosts Carrie Ann Inaba and Sharon Osbourne’s exits.
According to Deadline, Elaine is leaving The Talk to shift her focus on other projects.
“We wish Elaine all the best. We are grateful for her passion, enthusiasm, and insight she brought to the show daily,” The Talk executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews told Deadline in a statement.
They added: “Her openness and meaningful conversations were attributes we admired and always appreciated.”
Sources told the outlet that producers hope to have at least one new permanent co-host secured when The Talk premieres its new season on September 13.
Additionally, the program is hoping to hire a person of color for the role.
Elaine’s decision to leave the daytime talk show after just one season follows the departures of fellow cohosts Sharon, 68, and Carrie Ann, 53.
Sharon was the first person to exit The Talk following an on-air fight with Sheryl Underwood, 57.
During the heated episode, Sharon was asked to address her decision to stand by Piers Morgan’s controversial comments on Meghan Markle.
She said she disagreed with Piers’ comments, though supported his right to express his opinion.
Sheryl then pushed back and accused Ozzy Osbourne’s wife of downplaying Piers’ comments and giving ”’validation” to his “racist” opinions.
A clip of Elaine, 34, consoling Sharon after the argument was leaked in July.
ELAINE DEFENDS SHARON
In the audio recording, Elaine “told Sharon she was set up by producers and is not racist.”
As Sharon and Elaine spoke in the dressing room, the journalist sympathized with her former co-host and claimed the showrunners orchestrated the confrontation by instructing Sheryl to ask the loaded question.
She said: ‘They literally made her ask that question.
“And I thought that she was setting it up in way so that you knew… I assumed that you guys had a pre-conversation so that you were on the same page.”
Elaine later said: “You are right, you wanted to hear, ‘You are not a racist, Sharon.’ We know that.
“I think [Sheryl] thinks she said that but she said, ‘I don’t think you’re racist.’ And I think she meant the same thing.
“And really, that’s an enlightening moment for me to hear you say that. I wanna apologize because I don’t know what I said, maybe I didn’t say, ‘I know you’re not [racist].’
“I might have said ‘I think,’ but I need you to know I f**king know you’re not.”
Following Sharon’s decision to stand by her longtime friend Piers’s criticism of Meghan, the show took a month-long hiatus to conduct an internal review.
CBS then announced Sharon had quit the show in March.
CARRIE ANN’S DEPARTURE
Earlier this month, cohost Carrie Ann confirmed her exit from The Talk.
Back in April, she took a leave of absence to deal with her health but has since decided to permanently leave the show.
In an emotional series of Instagram videos, she told her 400K followers: “I am filled with immense gratitude for my journey on @thetalkcbs.
“It has been a wonderful experience and an honor to have been the moderator at The Talk, following in the footsteps of two women I very much respect. @juliechenmoonves and @thesaragilbert.
“Dreams do come true, if you work hard for them. I have made beautiful and lifelong friendships, I’ve had so many unforgettable experiences, (be prepared for a few memories shared in the next few days), and I’ve learned so much from all the heartfelt and authentic discussions we’ve shared with you.
“My heart is full and content. I’m truly grateful for all that was, all that is (life is in perfection), and all that will be.”
She concluded: “To all my friends and family at @thetalkcbs I wish you a great Season ahead!
“And, I also very much look forward to my own future as well. Life is good. And endings can be as beautiful as beginnings.”