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Holly Robinson Peete: ‘The Talk’ Dismissal ‘A Great Life Lesson in Picking Yourself Up’

Holly Robinson Peete back on daytime TV today with Nate Berkus

Holly Robinson Peete is glad to be back on daytime TV — even if it is just for one day — as she’s guest cohosting on “The Nate Berkus Show” today (11/14).  “If they’ll have me I will definitely return.  Nate is just such a cool guy, the funnest friend to have,” she says.

It wasn’t so long ago, of course, that Holly was a daytime regular, as part of the team on “The Talk” before her surprise axing from that show.  As followers of Holly’s know, she’s rebounded with a new recurring role on “Mike & Molly.”

“Just when you think you’ve kind of figured this stuff out, something happens and you realize you’re still learning things you thought you already knew,” points out the actress, who is also remembered for coming in a close second to Bret Michaels on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“My kids are like, ‘If you did your job and did everything you’re supposed to do, don’t you get to keep your job?’  They saw me working nights, preparing for the show.  They saw my total dedication,” relates the mother of four.  “This is a great life lesson about picking yourself up.”

There are also fans watching, she’s aware.  “It’s a total bigger picture.  There are lots of people losing their jobs through no fault of their own these days, and it’s tough.  It gets harder and harder to be patient, to say something better might happen, when you’re having to deal with the day-to-day realities of life.  That’s when your resolve has to get even steelier, if that’s a word.  I’m still hustling and grinding trying to figure out the best thing to do next.  I learned to do live daytime TV and that I’m pretty good at it.”

Holly says she learned resilience and perseverance from watching her own mother.  “We could start when she gets divorced and has no money, basically, $500, and is on her own — and she makes a trip from Philadelphia to Malibu of all places, in a beat-up Volvo.  She was like the black ‘Alice,’ this mom driving across the country, thinking she could break ceilings as a talent manager when she had all the chips stacked against her and knew, like, one and a half people in L.A.”

Holly was nine years old at the time, and saw her mother — well-known Hollywood dealmaker Dolores Robinson — find her way into the business and build a client roster including the likes of LeVar Burton and Michael Clarke Duncan.  She recalls: “I saw her get knocked down, but I always saw her get back up, and rebound in ways that she could say, ‘Thank God that happened.’  I didn’ t know I was learning lessons as a child, but I was.”

Holly — a.k.a. the wife of former pro quarterback Rodney Peete — tells us that she and Nate will be doing a football challenge on the show, and there’ll also be a bedroom makeover at the home of a family with an autistic child.  Holly’s No. 1 mission is helping kids with autism.  Son Rodney Jr., has the condition.

Leah Remini: Exhausting to Walk ‘The Talk’

clockwise from bottom left Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Marissa Jaret Winokur (who has left the show) and Sara Gilbert CBS photo

Leah Remini’s happy with the progress of “The Talk” — what with CBS already renewing the fledgling chat show on which Leah is featured along with Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert.  However, the admittedly self-critical funny lady is quick to say, “It’s still a work in progress.  We stay after the show and talk about where we can improve.  We’ve only been on since October,” she reminds.

Asked how it is to do the show compared to how she thought it would be, Remini admits in her charmingly convoluted style, “What I thought at first about what it was, it was going to be not as hard.  It is hard to do a live show every day.  I thought I’d be able

to just walk in and go, ‘Hi, what are we talking about?’  ‘Let’s go home now.’  There is much more mental work in preparing than I expected.”

Yes, she’s felt burnout.  “Holly and I sit in her room and go, ‘Wow, man.’  You’re just drained.  But the next day, we’re good again,” she adds.  “We’re talking about something fun, or something in the news we have a take on, or something we really want to share with people — and we’re re-energized by that.”

She’s enjoying the company of her “Talk” show mates and their fun chemistry — a big plus.  She feels their celebrity interviews “are still missing something” — a small minus.

“I can’t put my finger on it.  I’m glad that we always get something more, something different, from them besides whatever the thing is they’re there to promote,” she says.

Leah acknowledges it’s not easy juggling the show’s demands and her family life with six-year-old daughter Sofia and husband Angelo Pagan.  Sofia has come to the set, and will come when Justin Bieber guests.  “I think I’m just going to call the school and tell the truth.  I can’t make her stay away when she has a chance to meet him.”

Leah’s “The Talk” deal called for a new sitcom to be developed for her at the network, but there’ve been hitches.  Obviously, working eight hours a day on “The Talk” doesn’t leave much time for other professional pursuits.  “I’m up at 5:30 to be at work by 7:30.  It’s not an easy day, but when I’m finished, the sun is still out.  There is time for another show,” she says.  “But maybe I don’t want to be a series regular.  Maybe I want to be a recurring character on another show.  I need to have some time with my daughter.”

The actress lets us know her maternal duties now include being “a chauffeur and a chef.  When my daughter’s home from school, it’s like, ‘Where is my play date?’  It’s only going to get worse from here on.  She’ll get to be a teenager and say, ‘Mom, I don’t want to hang out with you,'” Leah predicts.

Also, “I feel a real loyalty to ‘King of Queens,’ to Doug and Carrie.  When I read the scripts they send, I go, ‘I can’t be married to this guy.’  It’s weird, right?  I feel like I’m actually married to Doug,” she says, referring to Kevin James’s character.  She ends up, she says, “saying, ‘Oh, I know who’d be good for that,’ and I pitch them ideas for other girls.”