There is a new empty chair at a not-so-empty table.
Sara Gilbert’s last episode of “The Talk” aired Friday, marking the end of an era.
In April, Gilbert, 44, announced she would be leaving the daytime talk show, which she created, executive produced, and has co-hosted since its debut in October 2010.
“This is hard for me to do,” Gilbert, 44, said during the episode, filmed Wednesday, telling the audience it was her last.
“Thank you to my family at #thetalk for years of love and laughter,” Gilbert tweeted during Friday’s episode. “And special thanks to our audience for keeping our conversation going.”
On the farewell episode, Gilbert’s 12-year-old daughter Sawyer surprised her with a song she wrote, “Mama.”
“She thinks we are playing ‘Shallow,’ but I didn’t think that was special enough, so I wrote you a song,” Sawyer said, before performing alongside Gilbert’s musician wife, 54-year-old Linda Perry.
In April, Gilbert told the audience her “life was slightly out of balance” and she wanted to devote more time to her children and herself.
“As I’ve continued on, I’m starting to develop more things to produce and I’m having opportunities to act,” Gilbert said at the time. “I’m just feeling like I don’t know how I’m going to do it all.”