Aisha Tyler's last day on The Talk was full of highs and lows.
ET's Kevin Frazier caught up with the 46-year-old actress after filming Friday's episode, where she opened up about the mixed emotions she felt while taping -- and revealed why her final episode felt like "the last day of school."
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"When I announced when I was leaving, that was so sad. I cried so much, on the show and off the show," Tyler recalled. "And then I had some time to process it, but [today] was so fun, like, it was last day of school fun, like, we went to Disneyland, didn't go to class fun."
"These women are incredible people," she added, sharing that the few seconds before she, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood walk out on stage are the
most "precious and magical" of the show.
"I just thought, 'Oh, God, I'm going to miss this moment'... right before we walk out here," she confessed. "That beat where we, our team, the Avengers have assembled, those few seconds are so precious and magical."
Tyler shared a sweet glass of champagne with Frazier to celebrate her successful six years on The Talk -- and spilled one last secret about the CBS series.
"We have a little thing called Thirsty Thursday, where we pop a bottle on Thursday afternoons and we send it around and we have a rotating responsibility of who sends a drink to the other ladies," she admitted. "I always send whiskey, Julie loves tequila, Sharon loves champagne, Sara is, like, maybe scotch whisky. Sheryl will drink whatever you send to her dressing room, because she's just a champion."
Though Tyler's time on The Talk has come to a close, the work never stops.
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"I do have to get up Monday. I have a 6 a.m. flight tomorrow to go to Park City for a Sundance film retreat, and then I come back Monday morning and I'm on the set of Criminal Minds, so no, I don't get a break," she said. "I gave the show up because my schedule was unmanageable in confluence with my goals... I didn't give up this show because it was the show I loved the least. I gave up this show because it was the show that demanded the most."
"I couldn't chase my dreams and also make a day in, day out, 11 and a half months out of the year talk show. They were just incompatible," she added.
"But the nice thing is I already have directed a feature. I'm stepping right into prepping to direct an episode of Criminal Minds right after this. I'm writing three scripts right now, and the first one that I'm excited about, I'll start shooting when I wrap off of Criminal Minds next year," she said, before noting the sweet director's gift her Talk co-stars presented her with at the end of Friday's episode.
"That's going to go in my office...It'll remind me to get up and get my bleep together," she shared. "What I'm going to take with me most of all is the gesture and the love and support."
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