Will the daytime series return for more episodes after an unexpected hiatus?
The speech took an unexpected hiatus starting this week, but the show will continue with an all-new season later this year. According to a report by The sun, The speech ended its current season a week early due to the unexpected passing of one of its executive producers. While episodes scheduled for last week have been scrapped, the new season doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy.
The speech Season 12 was scheduled to air all week on CBS, with a grand finale on Friday, August 5. She aired reruns instead, and The sun learned it was because EP Heather Gray passed away. A letter to the show‘s employees said only that Gray had succumbed to “a merciless disease”. She was 51 and the exact cause of her death has still not been revealed.
It is with heavy hearts to share the unexpected passing of our beloved Heather Gray.
Heather has been the heart and soul of “The Talk” since day one. Her genius as an innovative producer was only surpassed by her huge smile and infectious laugh. pic.twitter.com/xH5A98ZNKp
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) July 31, 2022
Gray worked on The speech for nearly 11 years, and she was praised for her “innovative” contributions to the show during that time. A letter to employees read: “She was an inspiration to us all, living and thriving while bravely battling an unforgiving disease. She showed us what true courage looks like…Heather was the heart and soul of The speech since the first day.”
“Her genius as an innovative producer was only surpassed by her huge smile and infectious laugh,” he continued. “She was an admired and beloved mama bear to your family and a leader everyone looked up to. Her contributions to the success of the show are immeasurable. But more importantly, she was a boss who proved you can lead with kindness. , look out and Heather was everyone’s friend, everyone’s champion, everyone’s favorite person on set. She will be sorely missed.”
As Gray’s passing appears to have come to an end The speech Season 12 at the start, it doesn’t seem to have had any impact on plans for season 13. In April, CBS officially kicked off a new season of the talk show with hosts Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell , Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Natalie Moraux. As of now, no release date has been set.
This final week of new episodes would have included interviews with Joey King, Tisha Campbell, Darren Barnet, Lake Bell, Whitney Cummings and Corey Feldman. Instead, Gray’s co-workers took the time to mourn and honor his memory. Fans with intimate knowledge of the show’s creation also posted tributes and well wishes on social media.