Carrie Ann Inaba Says She’s Not Returning to ‘The Talk’

Carrie Ann Inaba Exits The Talk (Credit: CBS)

Carrie Ann Inaba is exiting The Talk after three seasons.

“I enjoyed my time at The Talk as co-host and moderator and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to grow with the entire Talk family as well as truly connect with viewers on such a personal level,” Inaba said in a statement on Aug. 20. “I will miss The Talk, but I am excited for the next chapter both for myself and for the show.”

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She then shared the news with fans via a video post on Instagram and said her decision to “part ways” was mutual with CBS and The Talk.

Inaba, 53, captioned the post: “To all my friends and family at @thetalkcbs I wish you a great season ahead! And, I also very much look forward to my own future as well. Life is good. And endings can be as beautiful as beginnings.”

The Hawaii native joined the CBS daytime show as a fill-in host in 2017. She then became a permanent member of the panel in Jan. 2019, when she replaced original co-host and moderator Julie Chen.

The Dancing With the Stars judge appeared on The Talk throughout its most recent 11th season, but in April she announced she was taking a leave of absence because of health issues.

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Inaba is the fourth co-host to leave The Talk in less than a year. Marie Osmond exited the show in Sept. 2020, after one season.

Rapper and actress Eve, who had been co-hosting from London due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, announced in November 2020 that she would be leaving The Talk after four seasons to focus on her family. Starting this fall, Eve will co-star in ABC hip-hop drama Queens, alongside Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy.

Sharon Osbourne exited the series in Mar. 2021, following a heated on-air debate with fellow host Sheryl Underwood about British TV personality Piers Morgan after his controversial comments about Meghan Markle.

As previously reported, The Talk was recently renewed for a 12th season.