EntertainmentCarrie Ann Inaba to Permanently Replace Julie Chen on ‘The Talk’ (EXCLUSIVE)

23:40  06 december  2018
23:40  06 december  2018 Source:   variety.com

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In her sudden announcement that she will be leaving The Talk immediately, Julie Chen mentioned Carrie Ann Inaba by name. Carrie shared her reaction to Julie ’

Carrie Ann Inaba to Permanently Replace Julie Chen on ‘The Talk’ (EXCLUSIVE)© MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock

Carrie Ann Inaba is set to take over Julie Chen’s chair on “The Talk.”

Sources tell Variety that Inaba has closed a deal to join the CBS daytime chat show, and will come aboard in January. A CBS representative declined to comment for this story.

Inaba has been one of several guest hosts filling in since Chen’s departure from the daytime talker in September, which came on the heels of Chen’s husband–CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves–being ousted from the company over multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Inaba joins a panel that consists of Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Previous co-hosts include Marissa Jaret Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Aisha Tyler.

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Carrie Ann Inaba also is guest hosting that day on the program; Sara GIlbert is off for the Friday broadcast. Pundits say O’Donnell is in the running to replace Julie Chen , who announced moments before the Chen last week announced on The Talk , via videotape, she was exiting the show entirely.

Julie Chen announced she was leaving " The Talk " after eight seasons of serving as host and moderator for the daytime talk show. However, there is still an empty spot where Chen used to sit (although it's been temporarily filled so far with guest co-hosts like Carrie Ann Inaba and Rosie

A judge on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” since the series premiered in 2005, Inaba began her career as a singer in Japan before being cast as one of the original Fly Girl dancers on the hit Fox series “In Living Color.” She has also worked as a choreographer on shows like “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Chen announced she was leaving “The Talk” in a pre-recorded message that aired at the end of the episode on Sept. 18. In the message, Chen gave Inaba a shout out, saying, “You’d look awful good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister. I’m just saying.”

“I will always, always cherish the memories we shared,” Chen said of her time on the show. “Most important, I want to thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day. It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for.”

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Julie Chen has not appeared on The Talk since her husband, Les Moonves, stepped down from his role as CBS president and CEO last week. Fans of The Talk are weighing in on Julie Chen ’s replacement , with some of them petitioning for Wilson, Inaba , or Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin to

Following Julie Chen 's heartbreaking announcement that she is officially leaving The Talk , fans couldn't help but wonder who's going to replace the Luckily for us, during her farewell speech, the 48-year-old hinted to viewers who she'd like to take her spot — and that person is Carrie Ann Inaba !

Chen remains the host of the CBS reality series “Big Brother.”

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