Gilbert made the announcement on Tuesday on-air. She created the popular CBS daytime talk show and has been a host since its debut in 2010. Osbourne has also been a Talk co-host since season one, and aside from Gilbert, has been the only co-host to stick around for all nine seasons.
While 44-year-old Gilbert shed tears during the announcement, nobody appeared more distraught than Osbourne. Osbourne put her head in her hands and sobbed, prompting Gilbert to come around the table to hug and comfort her. Osbourne was also comforted by her fellow co-hosts, which include Sheryl Underwood, Eve and Carrie Ann Inaba.
"I want to say so many things to Sara," Osbourne said as she openly cried. " ... I just have to say that this show has been on the air for nine years and we've had different ladies at this table. But this to me has been the best table. ... I think that Sara has, since she took over this seat, has just been slamming it every show and you've all seen her dry humor that comes out of nowhere, and she's so quick and so sarcastic and so fabulous that we just think that as women, we have been slamming it and we just have just got this great thing going on here right now, and nobody gets on my nerves on this table this season."
Gilbert also joked that she and 66-year-old Osbourne still live "about two blocks from each other," prompting Osbourne to defend her emotional response.
"I've never worked with someone for nine years!" she explained. "I'm always getting fired!"
Gilbert shared that she's leaving the show because she's been having a hard time juggling her role on The Conners and spending time with her three kids -- 4-year-old son Rhodes, whom she shares with songwriter Linda Perry, as well as 14-year-old son Levi and 11-year-old daughter Sawyer from her previous relationship with television producer Allison Adler.
"Last season I did The Conners and was also producing and I loved it and felt totally empowered but also, if I’m being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance and I wasn't able to spend as much time with my three kids as I'd like, or time for myself," she said. "As I continued on, I'm starting to develop more things to produce and I'm having opportunities to act and I'm just feeling like, I don't know how I'm going to do it all. I was looking at the next months and just thinking, there's not time, you know?"