Rapper Eve is stepping away from “The Talk” after four seasons.
On Monday morning, Eve made the surprising announcement from London, where she has been living with husband Maximillion Cooper. Referencing travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, she said, “I've been so grateful I've been able to stay here in London and do the show, but I can't see for me, in the foreseeable future, of traveling back at the moment.”
Eve said she will be exiting the show as a co-host “at the end of December,” admitting, “This is one of the hardest decisions in the world.”
Showing love to the cast and crew, Eve emphasized, “I have had the most beautiful experience. I've grown as a woman, as a person… I never thought being on a talk show would be this much of an opening of my spirit, soul, personality, everything. Sitting onstage with all you women has been the best thing ever. I love you guys, I truly love you… I love everyone. Everyone that's watching this right, you see us, but there are tons of amazing people who make us come to you.”
Eve noted that “another lockdown” also influenced her decision. She explained, “Staying home has been such a blessing because my husband and I got to know each other in a different way. I want to concentrate on expanding our family, being with my family.”
Stressing that it was a tough decision to make, Eve went on, “At some point, you have to choose what makes you happy, what's right for your family.”
Co-host Sheryl Underwood chimed in, “This is what makes this so bittersweet because we want the best for you… I want the world to really know that this is what it looks like when people really love you and understand the choices you have to make for your family…You've always been a trooper. You've always done everything that was needed of you. We love you. We support you. And we can't wait to see the next chapter.”
Eve elaborated on how her colleagues have helped her, saying, “Being around all of you has helped me find these parts of myself. The more honest parts of myself. The more vulnerable parts of myself… Literally, I've never, ever had this. Of course I have amazing friends and beautiful friends, but I never had in this type of environment when you think it's work. This is not work, it's like a place we come, that we really — we are so lucky, for real. And people don't get that. We are so lucky… I have to say thank you to you, ladies, because when I told you, you know I've been dealing with this decision.”