Heather Gray, executive producer of “The Talk,” has died. She was 50.
In a memo sent to staff on Sunday, CBS executives George Cheeks, David Stapf, Kelly Kahl, Thom Sherman, Amy Reisenbach and Laurie Seidman wrote that Gray was “bravely battling an unforgiving disease.”
“She showed us what true courage looks like,” the executives said in the joint memo. “She was an admired, beloved mama bear of your family and a leader that all looked up to. Her contributions to the success of the show are immeasurable, but more importantly, she was a boss that proved you can lead with kindness, caring and friendship. Heather was everyone’s friend, everyone’s champion, everyone’s favorite person on the set. We will miss her terribly.”
It is with heavy hearts to share the unexpected passing of our beloved Heather Gray.
Heather has been the heart and soul of “The Talk” from day one. Her brilliance as an innovative producer was only outmatched by her huge smile and infectious laugh. pic.twitter.com/xH5A98ZNKp
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) July 31, 2022
CBS publicly announced Gray’s death on Sunday, writing in a social media post that she was “the heart and soul of ‘The Talk’ from day one. Her brilliance as an innovative producer was only outmatched by her huge smile and infectious laugh.”
Gray joined “The Talk” as a senior supervising producer during Season 1. She was promoted to co-executive producer in 2011, and named executive producer in 2019. During her tenure, she earned two Daytime Emmy Awards and an NAACP Image Award.
She previously won two Daytime Emmy Awards as a supervising producer for “The Tyra Banks Show.”