‘The Talk’: Will Carrie Ann Inaba Return to the Show After Taking Leave of Absence?

by Emily Morgan

In the wake of Carrie Ann Inaba’s departure from “The Talk,” many fans wonder if the former panelist will ever return to the show. On April 26, one month after CBS announced that Sharon Osbourne would not be returning, Inaba revealed she would be leaving.

“Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know personally that I have decided to take a leave of absence from ‘The Talk’ to focus on my wellbeing,” the 53-year-old said in a video via Instagram. “I know you guys understand, health is the most important thing. So, I appreciate your support, I appreciate the love and support from ‘The Talk’ family.”

Carrie Ann Inaba on Returning to ‘The Talk’

She didn’t reveal when she plans to return, Inaba concluded her video with, “I hope to be back soon. Take care and I’ll keep you updated.” During Monday’s episode, her co-host, Sheryl Underwood, announced the news.

“Before we get started today, we’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her wellbeing,” Underwood began.

“She appreciates the support from all of her fans and her family right here at ‘The Talk.’ Carrie Ann, we miss you. We look forward to having you back with us soon.”

The “Dancing with the Stars” panelist has been transparent about her health over the years. In 2007, she shared that doctors diagnosed her with spinal stenosis. In 2012, Carrie Ann Inaba was then diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome — which is an incurable immune disorder.

“Sjögren’s and other autoimmune conditions often come in pairs. I also have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis,” Inaba revealed in 2020. “And just last year I found out that I also had lupus.”

Inaba’s departure is just the latest in the series of changes at the CBS daytime talk show. In March, 68-year-old Sharon Osbourne left the show following controversial comments she shared during a heated exchange with her co-hosts. 

During the March 10 episode, the former “X-Factor” judge defended British TV personality Piers Morgan. Morgan received criticism for openly stating that he didn’t believe Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s allegations about experiencing racism while being a part of the royal family. 

Underwood then argued with Osbourne that supporting Morgan’s claims meant she was giving him “validation.”

CBS later launched an internal investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, her former co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete came forward with claims that Osbourne used racial slurs — which she denied.