Aisha Tyler announces her departure from 'The Talk,' breaks down in tears


Aisha Tyler will be leaving The Talk at the end of its current seventh season.

The 46-year-old actress announced the news on-air during Thursday's edition of the CBS daytime talk show, breaking down in tears as she explained her reasoning.

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In addition to co-hosting The Talk, Tyler has her hands full with other projects -- she's now a series regular on CBS' Criminal Minds, hosts Whose Line Is It Anyway? on The CW and voices a character on the hit FXX series, Archer. She told her fellow panelists and the audience that she's simply become too busy.

"People always go, 'How to you do all that?' And I don't always have an answer," she admitted. "The Talk is such a joy that it never feels like work to me."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 20: Aisha Tyler attends the 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on March 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 09: Aisha Tyler visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 9, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Aisha Tyler arrives for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Aisha Tyler attends the Oscars Viewing Party at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on February 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actresses Aisha Tyler and Retta attend the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards private reception on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Aisha Tyler arrives at the 2016 Oscar Wilde Awards at Bad Robot on February 25, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Aisha Tyler attends Alfre Woodard's 7th Annual 'Oscar's Sistahs Soiree' Presented By Tanqueray No. TEN And Perennial Sports & Entertainment on February 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Miss Maglashan Productions)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Aisha Tyler attends InStyle and Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: (L-R) TV personalities Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen pose with an award in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen of CBS' 'The Talk' ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Aisha Tyler attends 'In The Heart Of The Sea' New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 8: The ladies of The Talk Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen in the green room of CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 for the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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Tyler continued on, explaining that directing her first feature film, Axis, was something she's "always dreamed of doing."

"I knew that was what I wanted to do the rest of my life, what I wanted to put my energy into, and I started to think about it and could not see how that would work," she added. "I just realized I had to let something go."

Tyler seemingly teased the news ahead of Thursday's show when she posted a cryptic message on social media. "Life is about change," she wrote. "Sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's beautiful. Most of the time, it's both. Be brave, everyone. Be brave."

Following the show, The Talk released a sweet goodbye message to Tyler via Twitter.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened," the tweet read. "Lots of happy tears as we wish @aishatyler the best possible future! #TheTalk."

RELATED: The highest paid TV hosts:

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17. Anderson Cooper: $9 million to $11 million

Cooper has been hosting his CNN show "Anderson Cooper 360" since 2003.

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16. George Stephanopoulos: $10 million

The "Good Morning America" host renewed his contract with ABC in 2014According to TV Guide, Stephanopoulos signed on for a five-year deal.

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15. Chelsea Handler: $10 million

It pays to move to Netflix. The former E! host reportedly signed a $10 million deal with Netflix consisting of several comedy specials and a talk show for the streaming service. Handler previously made between $8 million and $12 million for her E! show.

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14. Shepard Smith: $10 million

The Fox News anchor renewed his contract in 2013 in a multi-year contract, which changed his role to managing editor of Fox News' breaking news division and hosting "Shepard Smith Reporting."

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13. Robin Roberts: $10 million to $14 million

The "Good Morning America" cohost received a big pay bump in the last few years. In 2013, it was estimated she made $6 million per year. Roberts has been an anchor on "Good Morning America" since May 2005. 

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12. Conan O'Brien: $12 million

O'Brien's switch to TBS has proved more profitable than some of his late-night network competition. He has been hosting "Conan" since 2010 on the network. In May 2014, O'Brien signed a deal to stay on TBS through 2018.

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11. Pat Sajak: $12 million

In 2013, Sajak told The Huffington Post he may be nearing the end of his time hosting the game show "Wheel of Fortune." But his time at the wheel isn't over just yet. Last year, Sajak renewed his contract through the 2017-2018 season.

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10. Jimmy Kimmel: $13 million to $15 million

The king of "Celebrity Mean Tweets" renewed his contract with ABC earlier this year through 2019.

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9. Jimmy Fallon: $13 million to $15 million

Since taking over "The Tonight Show," Fallon has been dominating in the ratings against other late-night hosts.

While Fallon is making more than he was during his last "Late Night" show, his reported pay still isn't quite the $20 million David Letterman was said to be making during his run. 

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8. Adam Levine: $13 million to $15 million

Adam Levine has been on "The Voice" since season one back in 2011. Though it began as a spring TV series, it now airs another season in the fall. The show recently started its 11th season.

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7. Miley Cyrus: $13 million to $15 million

The new celebrity judge on "The Voice," Miley Cyrus is reportedly making just as much as Levine.

Cyrus' salary is reportedly less than that of Jennifer Lopez's $17.5 million when she was on "American Idol."

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6. Megyn Kelly: $15 million to $20 million

Kelly is set to make $15 million in her last year at Fox News. The cable news network reportedly offered her more than $20 million to renew her contract. Despite being courted by rival news organizations, including NBC News, it became clear that they could not match Fox News' money, according to the The New York Times.

That likely means that NBC lured over Kelly with a broad, multi-year deal that would make her a star on its broadcast network — and hence give her a wider audience — with a salary landing between $15 million and $20 million.

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5. Kelly Ripa: $16 million to $20 million

Ripa took over hosting duties on "Live!" in 2011 after the departure of Regis Philbin and is currently searching for a new cohost after Michael Strahan's recent exit to host on "Good Morning America" in April. 

The morning show was renewed through 2020 in January.

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4. Bill O'Reilly: $18 million to $20 million

As of 2015, "The O'Reilly Factor" continues to hold the No. 1 spot in cable news ratings.

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3. Matt Lauer: $20 million

In November 2016, the "Today" host renewed his contract with NBC News for two more years for a $20 million salary, according to Fortune.

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2. Ellen DeGeneres: $20 million

Now in its 14th season, DeGeneres' syndicated talk show "Ellen" was recently renewed through 2020.

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1. Judge Judy: $47 million

Judge Judy is still the highest-paid celebrity on TV. Now in its 21st season, Sheindlin's "Judge Judy" continues to be the highest first-run syndicated show during the week with an average of 10.3 million viewers. In 2015, Sheindlin extended her contract with CBS through 2020.

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