EXCLUSIVE: Aisha Tyler Opens Up About Her Last Day on 'The Talk', Her Replacement Possibly Being a Man
By Antoinette Bueno
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Aisha Tyler is having a hard time saying goodbye to The Talk.
Tyler announced in June that she was leaving the hit daytime show at the end of its current seventh season, and opened up to ET on Tuesday night at CBS' TCA party about what the vibe has been like on set.
"It's been bittersweet," she acknowledged to ET's Cameron Mathison. "We use that word a lot because I think it was the right decision for me, and since it's happened, so many other opportunities have presented themselves, so it's reinforced it was the right idea."
Of course, she will miss her co-hosts -- Julie Chen, Sarah Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Tyler has been on The Talk since 2011, when she joined in its second season.
"I'm not losing a family because those women are going to be my family forever, but the day-to-day time that you get when you work with somebody -- you know what it's like, you see someone every day, you talk about lunch, your kids, your plans for the weekend -- and that part I'm not going to have every day and I'm really going to miss that a lot," she said. "Sarah and I have been joking that we're just both not having feelings, like, 'I don't feel anything. I don't have any feelings, I'm dead inside, I'm a robot.' But on Friday I'm going to be a hot mess for sure."
As for her replacement on the panel, 46-year-old Tyler said that it all comes down to chemistry -- whether the newcomer is a male or female.
"I think they want the right person for the job, and I think what they have to replicate -- which is going to be hard -- is not the just the chemistry we had my first year, but the chemistry we have now after six years on this show," she explained. "That's going to be hard for anybody to step into, because it's not just somebody who fits, but we all spent six years, like, no-look pass to each other, you know what I mean? And giving each other assists, and I think anybody who comes in is going to have to find a way to fill that void, and they won't be able to do it right away."
"I think they're forgiving and they're understanding, and they're never going to be able to replace me -- let's just face it," she jokes. "But I really want them to find somebody amazing. I keep saying, 'I really want somebody great for you guys, you deserve it, you've worked hard.' And I love them and I love the show, and I want it to continue to thrive as it has since I've been there."
Tyler broke down in tears when she announced she was departing the show in June, though she definitely has her hands full -- she's now a series regular on CBS' Criminal Minds, hosts Whose Line Is It Anyway? on The CW and voices a character on the hit FXX series, Archer.
"People always go, 'How do you do all that?' And I don't always have an answer," she admitted on-air. "The Talk is such a joy that it never feels like work to me."