It looks like “The Talk” will have to look for another new host as Carrie Ann Inaba is leaving the CBS talk show, according to a report.
Inaba, according to Deadline, will leave the show after being on it for two-plus years. She replaced Julie Chen as one of the show’s hosts in January 2019.
In a statement, Inaba said, “I enjoyed my time at ‘The Talk’ as co-host and moderator and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to grow with the entire Talk family as well as truly connect with viewers on such a personal level.
She continued by saying, “I will miss ‘The Talk’, but I am excited for the next chapter both for myself and for the show.”
‘The Talk’ Will Begin Another Host Search After Osbourne’s Firing
Inaba took a leave of absence from the show back in April. She said at the time that she was doing so to focus on her own health.
The show has had its share of controversy in the past few months. Sharon Osbourne was fired from the show after making comments in support of British talk-show host Piers Morgan. At the time, Morgan had just made some comments himself after seeing Meghan Markle interviewed.
“Carrie Ann’s authenticity and openness created a special connection and relationship with our audience,” “The Talk” executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said in a joint statement. “We will always be grateful for her contributions here at ‘The Talk’ over the last 3 seasons. Her warmth, wisdom, and vulnerability are just a few of her many admirable traits that will be missed. We wish her much success and good health going forward.”
“The Talk” recently hired Jerry O’Connell to take over as a host. Now it begins yet another search for a host. Inaba also was a familiar face to TV viewers through her long connection as a judge on ABC’s popular “Dancing with the Stars.”
Inaba hasn’t made a comment or statement regarding her role on that show. Outsider will be following these developments, too.
Show Recently Added Jerry O’Connell As First Male Co-host
Recent reports indicate that “The Talk” co-hosts are enjoying O’Connell on the show.
CloserWeekly reported that a show insider said the change from all-female co-host format was “surprising”. But this insider said both hosts and crew were “not complaining” about O’Connell.
O’Connell was already close with Sheryl Underwood while making good impressions with Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots.
CNN reported that he praised his co-hosts in his first show and promised to have “a lot of fun” on the show.
“First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me,” O’Connell said.