Heather Gray, executive producer and showrunner of CBS’ daytime talk show The conversation, has passed away. She was 50.
Gray died Saturday in Los Angeles of a “relentless illness,” according to CBS, without providing further details.
Gray joined The conversation, who debuted in 2010, midway through Season 1 as a senior accompanying producer. The following season, she was promoted to co-executive producer. She was named an executive producer in August 2019.
Gray earned two Daytime Emmy Awards, for Best Talk Show, Entertainment, in 2016 and 2018, along with an NAACP Image Award in 2016.
Before you join The conversation, Gray was a development producer at Endemol USA from 2010-11 and was an accompanying producer for The Tyra Banks show from 2006-10, where she won her first two Daytime Emmy Awards.
A letter praising Gray’s contributions to the show was sent to: The conversation CBS staff and crew president and CEO George Cheeks, CBS Studios president David Stapf, CBS Network Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, CBS Network Entertainment senior executive vp programming Thom Sherman, CBS Network Entertainment executive vp current programs Amy Reisenbach and CBS Network Entertainment senior vp daytime programs Laurie Seidman. Read it in full below.
Dear Talking Family,
On behalf of all of us at CBS, we would like to express our deepest condolences for the painful loss of our beloved Heather. She was an inspiration to all of us, alive and thriving as she bravely fought a relentless disease. She showed us what true courage looks like.
Heather has been the heart and soul of “The Talk” from day one. Her brilliance as an innovative producer was surpassed only by her huge smile and infectious laugh. She was an admired, beloved mama bear of 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 that you can lead with kindness, caring, and friendship. Heather was everyone’s friend, everyone’s champion, everyone’s favorite person on set. We will miss her terribly.
We recognize and share the pain and shock you are feeling right now, as well as the sadness you will feel in the days ahead. Although the show will begin its hiatus from August 1 (Monday), we don’t want you to grieve and mourn alone. The set will be open and HR will have staff and grief counseling available in person and over the phone. HR support will also be on site. We understand how difficult this will be for all of you and we want you all to know that we are here for you.
George, Kelly, David, Thom, Amy, Laurie