The Talk: Carrie Ann Inaba Officially Confirmed as Julie Chen’s Replacement


Carrie Ann Inaba is the latest addition to The Talk. 

CBS confirmed Wednesday that the Dancing with the Stars judge would be the permanent replacement for Julie Chen who exited the talk show late last year. 

Inaba made her first appearance on Wednesday and joins a panel that already includes Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Eve.

“Having the opportunity to sit at the table with Eve, Sara, Sharon and Sheryl has been such an enriching experience, and I’m honored and looking forward to joining them daily,” Inaba said in a statement.

Related: Julie Chen Exits The Talk

“It’s the authentic conversations and connection with the audience and the ladies that really drew me to The Talk. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this show.”

Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president of daytime programs at CBS, added, “Everyone’s Talk-ing about it, and I’m excited to confirm it. We’re welcoming Carrie Ann Inaba to the Talk table.”

“Carrie Ann connects with audiences by being genuine. We appreciate her warmth, heart and vulnerability, and love what she brings to the show.”

Inaba has been a judge on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars since 2005 and has already appeared multiple times on The Talk over the last year. 

Chen exited the show just a few months ago and revealed she was bowing out in a video statement that came following her husband, Leslie Moonves, leaving his perch as CBS CEO after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were lodged against him. 

Chen was thankful for her time on the show, but said she needed “to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son.”

Despite leaving The Talk, Chen will return to host Celebrity Big Brother next month and the regular edition this summer. 

What are your thoughts on Carrie Ann as Julie’s replacement?

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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