How Jerry O’Connell Really Felt About Replacing Sharon Osbourne On The Talk

Jerry O’Connell has compared his casting on “The Talk” to his marriage. Bevy Smith asked O’Connell whether he had any reservations joining the show following the “drama.” While he was “a little” concerned, the actor admitted he wasn’t very clued in on Sharon Osbourne’s departure. “It’s funny, I didn’t know the exact details of everything that happened. I remember reading that Sharon Osborne was no longer on ‘The Talk’ and then I was literally on there.” 

Instead, O’Connell took it in stride to play “the rebound guy.” While the term may have some negative connotations, O’Connell said his take on it was to be a “fun” one — an experience similar to meeting his wife after her divorce. 

“And I’ll tell you, being that rebound guy is fun. My wife would get depressed and I’d be like, ‘What are you depressed about? Like, let’s go have fun. Who cares?'” But O’Connell also said he “could tell there was trauma.” “They were shook, they were shooketh. And I came in and I was like, ‘Hey guys, I don’t know anything about that. Like, let’s just have a good time.’ And anytime it was even brought up, I was like, ‘Hey guys, guys, guys, that wasn’t me, please. Can we not talk about that today?'” While O’Connell called himself “the hot new boyfriend,” he may have to share the title with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, who will join “The Talk” as its second male co-host

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