‘The Talk’ Co-Host Carrie Ann Inaba Announces Leave of Absence from Show

by Suzanne Halliburton

Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the co-hosts of The Talk, announced Monday she will leave the show, temporarily, for health reasons.

Inaba, who also is a judge on Dancing with the Stars, said her main concern is her health and well-being. She posted a clip to her social media accounts to let her fans know what’s up.

In the video, Inaba said: I wanted to let you know personally that I have decided to take a leave of absence from The Talk to focus on my well-being. I know you guys understand: Health is the most important thing.” 

What’s Up With Carrie Ann Inaba and Will She Be Returning to The Talk?

So what’s up with Carrie Ann Inaba, who has served as a co-host on The Talk for two-plus years? She joined the panel, replacing original moderator Julie Chen.

Inaba, who is 53, is suffering from severe pain. She has an auto-immune condition and lingering injuries from all her years of dancing. Before she began making a living as a TV personality, she was a beautiful dancer. She first broke into American show business in 1990 as a “Fly Girl” on In Living Color.

In recent social media posts, Inaba said her “spinal stenosis was acting up because of inflammation.” Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in your spinal column. Carrie Ann Inaba also said that she was in the midst of a “fibromyalgia flare.” Fibromyalgia causes pain and fatigue that can impact sleep, memory and your mood.

Inaba, in one of her Instagram stories, showed her use of a Scaler Wave Laser, which can treat pain and inflammation.

The Talk addressed Inaba’s leave on the show, Monday. Co-host Sheryl Underwood said “Carrie Ann we miss you and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Earlier in the month, when Inaba revealed more details about her pain, The Talk sent Inaba a bouquet of flowers. Former co-host Sharon Osbourne, who left the show last month, also sent flowers.

Talk Show Already Lost One Host In Sharon Osbourne

Although it’s termed a temporary leave, Inaba is the second co-host to exit the show over the past month. Inaba’s departure drew sympathy. Sharon Osbourne’s exit was controversial.

On March 10, Osbourne and Underwood got into an emotional discussion after Osbourne showed support for her friend, Piers Morgan.

Morgan was a British morning TV host. He also is a frequent critic of Meghan Markle. And Morgan called Markle a liar after she and her husband, Prince Harry, sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

CBS placed the show on hiatus. It returned April 12. Jenna Dewan, an actress and dancer, is a name to watch as a replacement for Osbourne. Dewan is actor Channing Tatum’s former wife.