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Heather Gray, Executive Producer of CBS The Talk, Dies at 50

Heather Gray, who was simply executive producer and showrunner on CBS daytime talk show The Talk, has died. She was 50.

Gray died Saturday in LA of an unforgiving disease, in accordance with CBS, without providing further details.

Gray joined The Talk, which debuted in 2010, midway through season one as senior supervising producer. The next season, she was promoted to co-executive producer, then called an executive producer in August 2019.

Gray earned two Daytime EmmyAwards, for best talk show, entertainment, in 2016 and 2018, alongside an NAACP Image Award in 2016.

Before joining The Talk, Gray was a development produceratEndemol USA from 2010-11 and served as supervising producer for The Tyra Banks Show from 2006-10, where she garnered her first two Daytime Emmys.

A letter praising Greys contributions to the show was delivered to The Talk staff and crew from CBS president and CEO George Cheeks, CBS Studios president David Stapf, CBS Network Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, CBS Network Entertainment senior executive vp programming Thom Sherman, CBS Network Entertainment executive vp current programs Amy Reisenbach and CBS Network Entertainment senior vp daytime programs Laurie Seidman. Read it completely below.

Dear Talk Family,



With respect to most of us at CBS, you want to extend our deep condolences for you for the painful lack of our beloved Heather. She was an inspiration to people, living and thriving while bravely battling an unforgiving disease. She showed us what true courage appears like.



Heather has been the center and soul of The Talk from day one. Her brilliance being an innovative producer was only outmatched by her huge smile and infectious laugh. She was an admired, beloved mama bear of one’s family and a leader that looked around. Her contributions to the success of the show are immeasurable, but moreover, she was a boss that proved it is possible to lead with kindness, caring and friendship. Heather was everyones friend, everyones champion, everyones favorite person on the set. We shall miss her terribly.



We recognize and share the pain and shock you feel currently, along with the grief you’ll feel in the times ahead. As the show is starting its hiatus by August 1 (Monday), we usually do not want one to grieve and mourn alone. The set will undoubtedly be open, and HR could have staff and grief counseling obtainable in person and by phone. HR support will undoubtedly be on site aswell. We know how difficult this is for several of you and want one to all know, that people are here for you personally.



George, Kelly, David, Thom, Amy, Laurie

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