Hairspray's Marissa Jaret Winokur Exits CBS' "The Talk"

By Adam Hetrick
17 Jan 2011

Tony Award-winning Hairspray actress Marissa Jaret Winokur has departed the CBS talk show "The Talk," according to People.com.



"I will not be returning to 'The Talk' this year," Winokur told People.com. In September, Winokur signed on to provide "Mom in the Street" segments for the daily talk series, which launched in October, but she stated, "As the show evolved, there really wasn't room for my segments."

Executive producer Brad Bassey told People.com, "We think the world of Marissa as a creative talent, on-air personality and super mom. This is a mutual decision based on time, not talent. The show is trending toward more time with panel conversations and interviews, creating fewer opportunities for the mom-on-the-street segments. We are grateful beyond words to Marissa for her hard work, unrivaled energy and enthusiasm; and the integral role she played in the successful launch of 'The Talk.' We wish her the very best."

The Hairspray and "Scary Movie" star will take the time to focus on her own cable television show and plans for a clothing line, which could launch later this year.

"The Talk" was created by Sara Gilbert, who hosts alongside Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete and Sharon Osbourne.