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Carrie Ann Inaba Takes Leave of Absence from ‘The Talk’

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In a surprising announcement on Monday, Carrie Ann Inaba has revealed that she will be stepping away from her co-hosting duties on The Talk for now by taking a leave of absence to concentrate on her health and well-being.

This was also echoed by The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood who let viewers know of the change and Inaba’s exit for now with the series.

In a post on her Instagram, Inaba shared: “I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well being. I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!”  Then in a follow-up post, Carrie Ann added: “I appreciate your support. I appreciate the love and support for The Talk family and I hope to be back soon. Take care and I’ll keep you updated.”

Underwood expressed: “We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being. She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at ‘The Talk.’ We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Inaba’s departure for the moment comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne departing the series for good, following the controversy that arose with remarks Osbourne made to Underwood on the March 10th episode of the afternoon series.

No word yet on who will replace Inaba temporarily.

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann’s decision to take a leave of absence? Comment below.

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Wishing her the best as she takes time for herself.

Damien
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Damien

The whole show needs a leave of absence
Cbs needs another glitzy half hour soap like y n r and b n b that could be licensed overseas aswell to cover the costs, if they cabmnt vrung vack atwt or gl. The talk is the snooze. Cbs should wake up and cut its losses.

Gwen Jenkins
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Gwen Jenkins

Haven’t watched since Sharon left. I really think the show continues to go downhill with each original member that has left.

Laura Haven
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Laura Haven

I would watch ‘The Talk’ sometimes, but haven’t watched at all since Sharon left. That was the last straw. I liked it when Marie Osmond was on, but not much after that. As I said, when Sharon left,I watched no more. Love to watch The View.

Ellen Edvardsen
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Ellen Edvardsen

I think the writing is on the wall. The show isn’t fun or interesting anymore. Sharon Osborne and Carrie Ann were worth tuning in to The Talk. Not anymore ‘

Ellen OConnor
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Ellen OConnor

I agree! The show is not the same. Take it off the air!

Carol
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Carol

I agree, it’s over for me!

Debra Tidmore
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Debra Tidmore

True Ellen.

Carrie
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Carrie

Nothing, especially The Talk, is more important than one’s health. With all the drama and problems surrounding that show, removing herself is a smart move. A low-stress environment is good medicine. I pray she can feel better soon.

joe
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joe

I somehow see a CBS News Hour program filling that slot by the fall. Cheap to produce, can easily have rotating anchors. The View will fall by the wayside, and Ms. Inaba can tell this show is a sinking ship, with no hope for an SOS.

gh
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gh

I agree that Carrie Ann is jumping ship before it goes down. The Talk was a great entertaining show with fun guests….but the last couple years it has gone the way of the The View with very opinionated views on current events and we have enough of that with all the news programs. I just liked being entertained for an hour without all the other b.s. …I don’t and won’t watch anymore.

Momo
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Momo

I hope she feels better. She’s got a lot going on.

Betty Head
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Betty Head

Stress makes autoimmune diseases to flare up. She has been under a lot lately rest sill help

Scoobydum
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Scoobydum

And here we all thought that the View was a toxic workplace….

MJE NJ
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MJE NJ

I stopped watching The Talk because of Sheryl. The way she portrays herself and her constant talking of her sexual antics is disgusting and a huge turn off. She should have been fired and Sharon should have stayed. Never watch it or The View both shows should be cancelled.

Donna Rose
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Donna Rose

Haven’t watched since Sharon left. I agree Sheryl should be gone and not Sharon. I think it will soon be cancelled.

judy
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judy

I agree. Sheryl should be gone instead of Sharon. I think Sheryl just talks about her sex life because she doesn’t have one. She just wanted to be the main host on the show. I don’t think the show will survive much longer.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

judy, I agree with you that Sheryl’s graphic talk about sex is way too much. I was an occasional watcher. I remember one day a few years ago when Sheryl, in my opinion, jumped the shark: I won’t get too graphic here — though she did — but suffice it to say that she was speaking fondly of men’s armpits… Do women even talk this way in their locker rooms?!?!

Momo
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Momo

I don’t like Sheryl either. She’s too OTT. I don’t like it when she has appeared on B&B.

I have really only watched when there is someone on I want to see so fortunately have not heard Sheryl’s TMI.

clb
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clb

The Talk needs a permanent leave of absence. Wake up CBS! Bring back some soaps!

Debra Tidmore
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Debra Tidmore

Take care Carrie Ann… ‍♀️
Prayers are with you. I sincerely hope you are offered a better position while on leave. You’re too good for TT. ‍♀️

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According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

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The digital drama, The Bay, won big tonight at the final ceremony for this year’s 48th annual Daytime Emmys.

On Sunday, NATAS revealed the winners in the Daytime Fiction & Lifestyle Programming categories hosted by Loni Love and streamed on their OTT App and online.

Within the mixed-bag of categories were the actors very familiar to soap audience who were competing from the streaming digital dramas including The Bay and Studio City.

Former Days of our Lives star, Mike. Manning (Ex-Charlie Dale) won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Series for his performance as Caleb in The Bay.

Following his moving acceptance speech about the series shedding light on same-sex wedding and the LGBTQ community, Manning took to Twitter to add:I didn’t expect this. I’m still in shock. Thank you everyone who had a hand in getting me here! The producers, the fans, @TheBaytheSeries team, my family, I love you all!! Thank you x1000″

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O’Connell will join the CBS afternoon series other hosts: Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots as a permanent host.

Jerry will will appear on the show for the remainder of the week before taking a break until the end of the month due to a previous film commitment. He’ll join The Talk full-time for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

In a video, O’Connell shared on the announcement:   “It’s real exciting.  First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked. And here we are. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are.”  At the end of today’s episode, he expressed: “I’m excited to be a part of the family.”

In a statement, The Talk’s executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews expressed, “We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.”

O’Connell takes over the seat that for 11 seasons belonged to Sharon Osbourne who left the series amid controversy.

Watch below how The Talk made Jerry an official member of the family with this spoof on “Rocky” to “Eye of the Tiger”.

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