Carrie Ann Inaba Replaces Julie Chen on 'The Talk'

The 'Dancing With the Stars' judge has been a guest host on the CBS daytime show since Chen's departure.
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Carrie Ann Inaba

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba has been tapped as Julie Chen's replacement on CBS' daytime show The Talk.

Inaba has been one of several guest co-hosts on the show since Chen departed the series in September, in addition to a stint as guest host in 2017. Chen exited the show in the wake of her husband Les Moonves' ouster as chairman and CEO of CBS Corp.

CBS made the news official during The Talk's first episode of 2019 on Jan. 2. "Everyone's talking about it, and I'm excited to confirm it: We are adding Carrie Ann Inaba to The Talk table," said Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs at CBS Entertainment. "Carrie Ann connects with audiences by being genuine. We appreciate her warmth, heart and vulnerability and love what she brings to the show."

Added Inaba, "Having the opportunity to sit at the table with [co-hosts] Eve, Sara [Gilbert], Sharon [Osbourne] and Sheryl [Underwood] has been such an enriching experience, and I'm honored and looking forward to joining them daily. It's the authentic conversations and connection with the audience and the ladies that really drew me to The Talk. I feel very fortunate to be part of this show."

In her taped farewell message that aired Sept. 18 on The Talk, Chen gave a nod to Inaba, saying, "You'd look awfully good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister." (Chen will continue her tenure as host of Big Brother on CBS.)

Inaba has served as a judge on ABC's Dancing With the Stars since the show's inception in 2005. She has also guest-hosted The View, Live With Kelly and Access Hollywood Live.

Inaba was one of the original Fly Girl dancers on In Living Color and has worked as a choreographer on So You Think You Dance and American Idol, among other shows.

What Inaba's new job means for her time on Dancing With the Stars remains to be seen, though there's precedent within The Talk for a host also appearing for another network. Co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert also stars on ABC's The Conners.

Variety first reported the news.

Jan. 2, 11:10 a.m. Updated with CBS' official announcement.