‘The Talk’: What Will Marie Osmond Bring to the Table?

It’s difficult for fans of The Talk to ignore all the chatter about Marie Osmond grabbing a chair at the table on this award-winning TV talk show.

Recently, we’ve watched some of our most beloved hostesses walk away from The Talk beginning with Aisha Tyler. In 2017, Aisha announced she would be leaving the chatfest to pursue other interests including the possibility of taking a seat in a director’s chair.

We won’t soon forget the emotional departure of Julie Chen who exited the show after her husband Les Moonves was pressured into resigning his executive role at CBS among allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. 

We barely had time to put the tissues away after Chen’s many tearful statements in the press and on The Talk when Sara Gilbert revealed she would also be leaving the show.

This latest departure leaves Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood as the only original panel members remaining at the table.

Gilbert’s replacement was officially announced on the May 7 episode when Marie Osmond made one of her many appearances as a guest host on the show. Marie will be granted official co-host status in September when The Talk returns following its summer hiatus.

Regaining celebrity status

Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

Back in the ’70s, the campy Donny & Marie variety show was a “little bit country and a little bit rock and roll” when these teen siblings joined the likes of Sonny and Cher in successfully entertaining audiences on the small screen.

Many of us are too young to recall Marie’s very first appearance on TV when the adorable 4-year-old joined her brothers on stage singing with them in a 1964 episode of the Andy Williams show.

Marie went on to star in a number of roles on television, continued with her singing career, has at least one writing and two producing credits listed on her resume. She seemed to disappear from the limelight shortly after starting a family with Steven Lyle Craig whom she married twice, once in 1982 (divorced 1985) and then again in 2011. 

She seemed to disappear from the limelight until headlines revealed her adopted son Michael with then-husband Bryan Blosil had committed suicide in 2010. This was a very dark time for the plucky celebrity but it was only a matter of time until Osmond would return to the spotlight.

Most recently we’ve seen her starring in Nutrisystem commercials and ending an 11-year residency in Las Vegas with big brother Donny.

Down on dancing

Before arriving on the strip, many watched Marie making her moves on Dancing With The Stars, taking third place in Season 5.

One of the most memorable moments from her appearance didn’t come from dancing with partner Jonathan Roberts but instead came when she fainted and collapsed in front of judges and the audience on live TV. 

Something to talk about

On The Talk, there’s never seems to be a shortage of topics to discuss from what’s hot and trending to the many celebrities coming on the show to promote their next project.

Given everything we’ve learned or already knew about Marie, her many life experiences should bode very well for her in mixing it up with the others speaking at the table.

In contrast to their competitor The View airing on ABC, The Talk has a much more laid back approach with less politically charged content and more emotionally stirring subject matter.

Considering this along with Osmond’s five decades in show business, Marie has plenty to offer in the way of her opinions and observations when you remember:

  • Her well-publicized weight loss of 50 pounds as showcased in many Nutrisystem ads
  • Dealing with debilitating depression following the unexpected death of her son
  • Being raised in the shadow of eight male siblings two of whom are deaf

Whether it’s struggling with weight loss, dealing with children, marriage and divorce, we’re sure Marie and her friends will have plenty to talk about come September and beyond. As the women on the panel often remind us at the end of the show, “It’s always the right time to have The Talk!”