After Carrie Ann Inaba announced she’s taking a leave of absence from The Talk fans are starting to wonder if the show will get canceled. Inaba’s announcement comes only a month after Sharon Osbourne’s departure from the CBS talk show.
Osbourne, the show’s original co-host, left after her heated defense of friend Piers Morgan when he made comments regarding Meghan Markle’s racist allegations. Now, Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a leave of absence from the show, taking to Instagram to explain why.
On Monday, Inaba explained what happened to spark her departure from The Talk: “Hi Everyone, I have decided to take a leave of absence from @thetalkcbs to focus on my well being. We all know health is the most precious gift we have. And I need to take care of mine,” she said. “I appreciate the love and support from all of you and from my family at The Talk. I hope to be back soon! Ready for action! I’m sending you all my love. And I’ll update you on my progress… talk soon.”
It is unclear exactly why the Dancing with the Stars judge is taking a leave of absence or what sparked her need to focus on her wellbeing. No other official explanations have been offered, but her The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood shared the news of Inaba’s departure on Monday’s episode. She passed along “good thoughts” from co-hosts, panelists, and others who work on the show.
“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 of her fans and her family right here at The Talk. Carrie Ann, we miss you, and we look forward to having you back with us soon,” Underwood said, igniting a series of applause. Panelists were sure to shout “We love you” as well.
The other co-hosts have not announced a replacement for Carrie Ann Inaba, but Jerry O’Connell appeared as a guest co-host for Monday’s program.
Inaba was made an official co-host of The Talk in 2019, after appearing as a guest host several times. It was likely her huge following as a Dancing with the Stars judge that brought her onto The Talk in the first place. There has been no announcement whether she will step down as a judge on DWTS.
The Talk is losing hosts left and right. The remaining three co-hosts are Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, and Amanda Kloots. The talk show returned after a month-long hiatus earlier this month, following Osbourne’s comments on March 10’s episode. CBS investigated the incident and announced Osbourne’s departure on March 26th.