‘The Talk’: Viral Cockroach Moment Prompts Expert to Speak Out on Potential Infestation

by Emily Morgan
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There’s something really bugging the co-hosts of “The Talk.” During a June 18 taping, the show’s co-hosts welcomed an unexpected guest when a cockroach made its presence known. During one segment, the bug crawled across the wall, resulting in a viral moment online. 

Almost immediately after the insect incident, users erupted on Twitter, with many people commenting on the situation. “Am I the only one who seen the bug (cockroach) crawling on the wall just on [The Talk],” tweeted one viewer. 

Another concerned user wrote, “I’m watching the talk and a big cockroach bug was crawling on the wall so gross.” 

“HOLY S— LIVE TV RULES THERE IS A GIANT COCKROACH OR CICADA THAT WAS CRAWLING ON THE SET OF THE TALK,” another fan tweeted out. 

During the viral moment, co-host Sheryl Underwood began a segment. She started off saying, “Let’s get started with the latest mid-air meltdown by an unruly air flight passenger that is raising alarms about safety in the sky.”

Insect Expert Weighs In On ‘The Talk’s’ Pesky Problem

However, viewers were concentrated on anything but Underwood. Instead, they were quick to spot an unusual guest over Underwood’s shoulder. Now, people wonder if the show has a possible insect issue on the set of the talk show. However, one expert is weighing in on whether this was an isolated incident or if the show does in fact, have a bug problem.

Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist of the Entomology Research Museum, has some thoughts on the creepy crawly.

“It’s an adult roach. Blurry as it is, it clearly has its wings — and adult roaches can fly, quite well, and they typically do so at night when they’re most active,” Yanega explained.

“Because they fly, and because they’re attracted to lights at night, like most nocturnal insects, they will find their way into many places very easily,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

He added, “As such, seeing an adult American roach is vastly less of a concern than it would be if the roach was a nymph or a wingless species… It could easily have been by itself, rather than some evil harbinger of a hidden horde.”

The problem comes just days after CBS announced that the television series would return to airwaves for the 12th season. “JUST ANNOUNCED! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBS returning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!” a post on the show’s official Twitter account read. 

However, the network has yet to reveal the cast for the next season. Currently, Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth host the show. Carrie Ann Inaba recently took a hiatus due to health complications. Additionally, CBS has also not yet announced a replacement for longtime host Sharon Osbourne. 

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