Several months after taking leave from “The Talk”, panelist Carrie Ann Inaba finally puts an end to the rumors: She won’t be returning to the talk show when she returns for Season 12 in September.
“I enjoyed my time at ‘The Talk’ as a co-host and moderator and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to grow up with the whole ‘Talk’ family as well as to really connect with them. viewers on such a personal level, ”said Inaba. in a statement published at Deadline. “I will miss The Talk, but I’m excited for the next chapter both for myself and for the show. “
At the end of April, Inaba announced that she had “decided to take time off from ‘The Talk’ to focus on my health and well-being. I appreciate the support from you and my family to ‘The Talk’ ‘and I hope to be back soon! “
Earlier this week, Sixth page reported that just before the show’s return to the originals after the Sharon osbourne debacle, Inaba apparently wouldn’t have been thrilled to have to participate in discussions about the ‘race’ and ‘cure’, given that she was not part of the episode that led to the series’ long hiatus. over the originals and the eventual ousting of Osbourne.
“Carrie Ann’s authenticity and openness created a special connection and relationship with our audience,” Heather gray and Kristin matthews, executive producers of “The Talk,” said in a joint statement released to Deadline. “We will always be grateful for his contributions here at The Talk over the past 3 seasons. Her warmth, wisdom and vulnerability are just a few of her many admirable traits that will be missed. We wish him success and good health for the future.
Sixth page reports that the show had a 50/50 chance that Inaba would return to the show and started looking for a new co-host to replace her, most likely a second male co-host to join Jerry O’Connell.
Inaba has already confirmed that she will be returning on “Dancing with the Stars” next month when her 30th season kicks off on ABC.