‘The Talk’ executive producer Heather Gray dies aged 50

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Heather Gray, executive producer of the TBEN series “The Talk” and former producer of “The Tyra Banks Show,” has died. She was 50 years old. No further details about Gray’s death are available at this time.

A letter sent to the crew of “The Talk” and press by TBEN confirmed the news. While a cause of death was not disclosed, the network stated that Gray “fought bravely against a relentless disease”.

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The letter was written and distributed on behalf of TBEN and signed by George Cheeks (President and CEO of TBEN), David Stapf (President of TBEN Studios), Kelly Kahl (President of TBEN Network Entertainment), Thom Sherman (Senior EVP of Programming, TBEN Network Entertainment), Amy Reisenbach (EVP of Current Programs, TBEN Network Entertainment), and Laurie Seidman (SVP of Daytime Programs, TBEN Network Entertainment).

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“Our condolences on 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,” the network wrote. “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.”

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“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,” the letter continues.

Gray, who has received multiple Daytime Emmy Awards, joined “The Talk” midway through season one in 2010 as a senior accompanying producer. She was promoted to co-executive producer in August 2011, and again to executive producer in August 2019.

For “The Talk”, Gray received a Daytime Emmy for outstanding talk show entertainment in both 2016 and 2018. The renowned producer also received one NAACP image award for the show in 2016.

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Prior to her time on “The Talk,” Gray was the development producer on Endemol USA between 2010 and 2011. She was also the accompanying producer for “The Tyra Banks Show” from 2006 to 2010. It was on that program that she earned her first two Daytime Emmy awards. .

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