The Talk’s Elaine Welteroth was “embarrassed” by the show’s scandals and was “offended,” new co-host Jerry O’Connell got a higher salary ahead of her release.
Elaine, 34, announced she was leaving The Talk after just a season after the departures of Sharon Osbourne and Carrie Ann Inaba earlier this year.
The Sun can exclusively reveal that Elaine was “embarrassed” by the “low ratings” and “direction” of the show.
An insider told The Sun: “She was hired to have deep and meaningful conversations that are important to women and especially women of color and they want meaningless fluff.
“Hiring a man to replace Sharon was offensive to Elaine. “
PAY CHECK PROBLEMS
The Sun previously reported that Jerry was paid a salary of $ 2 million, although CBS representatives denied the figure.
The source continued on payday, “Getting paid less than Jerry was offensive to Elaine. She spoke about it. “
The insider previously told The Sun about the wage dispute, “Jerry’s pay is less than half Sharon’s pay, but more than Sheryl’s. Amanda and Elaine make six numbers.
“No one ever complained that Sharon was making more money because she was the star of the show and known around the world so that the show could be sold to other countries and generate revenue. income.
“She was the centerpiece and was the only person to generate regular media coverage. The woman rallied around her and knew she deserved more compensation for the prestige and relevance she brought to the show.
The insider continued, “Expect women to demand increases equal to his pay.
“His salary is really what women question. Getting paid less than a man doesn’t suit any of the ladies and there will be some serious conversations taking place.
“Elaine has stood up for equal pay and has spoken out that people of color are paid less and will ensure that she and other women are paid properly.”
A source told The Sun in May that Sheryl and Elaine were “not happy” that Jerry was in negotiations to replace Sharon.
The source said: “On camera everyone is in love and laughing together, but off camera Sheryl and Elaine have raised serious concerns.
“Sheryl thinks Jerry is doing fine for Men of May Producer of the Month, but beyond that she thinks we’re telling audiences that women can’t behave and be friends.
“This isn’t the story Sheryl wants and she thinks it would hurt the public perception more.”
As for Elaine, she wants to focus less on the light and humorous topics discussed with Jerry on the show.
The source continued, “Elaine wants to use her voice to address important conversations like Black Lives Matter, underrepresented in the workplace and police brutality, not surface conversations about Katy Perry not shaving her legs.
“Elaine feels like she was hired to have deep and meaningful conversations and now the show is abandoning that plan to have silly conversations.”
Although Jerry is a big name, the source said, “The truth is no one can replace Ms. O. Sharon was the centerpiece of the show.”
A second insider said: “The hosts are enjoying ‘The Talk’s Men of May’ with Jerry and the fun and entertaining chats they had on the show.
“The Talk will also continue to cover important and topical issues. “
Elaine was also involved in a scandal over Sharon’s departure.
Sharon, 68, left the show in March after his on-air fight with Sheryl over her decision to support friend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle.
On the same day, Jerry was announced as his replacement, DailyMail.com released an audio recording where Elaine can be heard consoling a distraught Sharon moments after her passionate fight with Sheryl, 57, occurred.
Elaine was heard reassuring Sharon that “no one thinks she is racist” in a conversation that allegedly took place in Sharon’s locker room after the fight.
She told Sharon that she thought she was “prepped” by the producers and revealed that the CBS showrunners wanted her to ask the question that sparked the fight with Sheryl.
Throughout the conversation, Sharon sobbed as she said Sheryl had never publicly confirmed that she was not a racist and said she felt “like someone hit me in the face”.
GOODBYE OF ELAINE
Elaine revealed her departure from the show on Instagram on Tuesday.
She captioned a series of clips from the CBS talk show: “If you had told my Oprah-obsessed 9-year-old daughter to me that she would one day have the golden opportunity to be in. television during the day, she would never have believed you, is an absolute honor for anyone, but especially a young black woman, to occupy this on-air space where our views are vastly under-represented.
“And tbh, if you had told me at 33 EVERYTHING it would take to appear as authentic herself to a live national audience every day in a world as divided as ours, she probably would’ve been rocked lol .
“I’m so glad I didn’t shy away from this divine mission to learn, grow, laugh, cry, make new friends, learn a ton, and most of all, stay true to myself. and that I stand up for each day, even when it was uncomfortable.
“I joined @thetalkcbs because I was excited to step out of my own echo chamber and join a diverse cast to help bridge some of the divisions in our world through conversation and empathy. While this work will never stop, as I always say: when the music changes, so does your dance!
She added that she “is entering a new chapter and not coming back next season”, but that she will be missed by her “talented co-hosts and crew.”
The Project Runway judge finished the caption: “Thank you all for riding with me on this trip. Stay tuned for exciting updates to come.
The show currently stars Sheryl, Amanda Kloots and Jerry.