The executive producer of CBS’ The Talk was 50 – The Hollywood Reporter

Heather Gray, who was executive producer and showrunner on SCS‘daytime talk show The speech, is dead. She was 50 years old.

Gray died Saturday in Los Angeles of a “ruthless illness,” according to CBS, without giving further details.

Gray joined The speech, who debuted in 2010, midway through the first season as the lead supervising producer. The following season, she was promoted to co-executive producer, then named executive producer in August 2019.

Gray won two Daytime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Talk Show, Entertainment, in 2016 and 2018, as well as an NAACP Image Award in 2016.

before joining The speech, Gray was Development Producer at Endemol USA from 2010 to 2011 and served as Supervising Producer for The Tyra Banks Show from 2006 to 2010, where she won her first two Daytime Emmys.

A letter praising Gray’s contributions to the show was sent to The speech staff and team of CBS President and CEO George Cheeks, President of CBS Studios David Stapf, President of CBS Network Entertainment Kelly Kahl, Executive Vice President of Programming of CBS Network Entertainment Thom Sherman, Executive Vice President of CBS Network Entertainment Current Programs Amy Reisenbach and Daytime Senior Vice President of CBS Network Entertainment Program Laurie Seidman. Read it in full below.

Dear Talk Family,

On behalf of all of us at CBS, we want to offer you our deepest condolences for the painful loss of our beloved Heather. She was an inspiration to us all, living and thriving while bravely battling an unforgiving disease. She showed us what true courage looks like.

Heather has been the heart and soul of “The Talk” since day one. Her genius as an innovative producer was only surpassed by her huge smile and infectious laugh. She was an admired and beloved mama bear in your family and a leader everyone looked up to. Her contributions to the show’s success are immeasurable, but more importantly, she was a boss who proved you can lead with kindness, care, and friendship. Heather was everyone’s friend, everyone’s champion, everyone’s favorite person on set. We will miss her terribly.

We acknowledge and share the pain and shock you feel right now, as well as the grief you will feel in the days ahead. As the show begins its hiatus from August 1 (Monday), we don’t want you to cry and cry alone. The set will be open and HR will have staff and bereavement counseling available in person and by phone. HR support will also be on site. We understand how difficult this will be for all of you and want you all to know that we are here for you.

George, Kelly, David, Thom, Amy, Laurie


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