Carrie Ann Inaba To Replace Julie Chen On ‘The Talk’
7th December 2018

Carrie Ann Inaba, the longtime Dancing With the Stars judge who guest-hosted on CBS’ The Talk during Julie Chen’s pre-departure hiatus, is replacing Chen on the show permanently, Deadline has confirmed.

Inaba and Rosie O’Donnell filled Chen’s seat for guest stints back in September, after Chen announced just before the talk show’s new season began that she was taking time off after husband and CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves was fired amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Chen soon after announced on The Talk, via videotape, that she was exiting permanently. In that message, she kinda-sorta tipped Inaba for the job, telling Inaba, who was guesting hosting that day: “In my opinion, you look awfully good sitting there, my Asian sister. I’m just saying!”

According to Variety, which broke the story today, Inaba will join the show in January.

Chen will continue to host CBS’ Big Brother.

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