Winokur initially joined the CBS talk show to do "mom on the street" segments, but her air time has since declined, she tells the magazine. "As the show evolved, there really wasn't room for my segments," she says.
The 37-year-old actress hasn't appeared on the show since 2011 began because of her father's death over the holidays. "I'm still grieving over the loss of my father," she says: I honestly think this is a blessing in disguise that I don't have the added stress of pretending to keep my chin up and go to work every day,"
It seems there's no bad blood between the show and Winokur, who plans to develop her own cable show and launch a clothing line.
"This is a mutual decision based on time, not talent," Brad Bessey, executive producer of The Talk said. "We are grateful beyond words to Marissa for her hard work, unrivaled energy and enthusiasm; and the integral role she played in the successful launch of The Talk. We wish her the very best."