The Talk’s Carrie Ann Inaba steps down as cohost after taking four-month leave of absence following Sharon Osbourne exit

CARRIE Ann Inaba officially announced her exit from The Talk after three seasons and a past year of turmoil for the daytime show. 

Back in April, Carrie Ann said she would be taking a leave of absence to deal with her health and now, revealed that break has become permanent. 

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Carrie Ann Inaba announced she’s officially exiting The Talk after three seasonsCredit: Getty
The Dancing With The Stars judge joined The Talk as cohost in 2018

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The Dancing With The Stars judge joined The Talk as cohost in 2018Credit: Getty

In an emotional series of Instagram videos, she told her 400K followers: “I am filled with immense gratitude for my journey on @thetalkcbs.

“It has been a wonderful experience and an honor to have been the moderator at The Talk, following in the footsteps of two women I very much respect. @juliechenmoonves and @thesaragilbert.

“Dreams do come true, if you work hard for them. I have made beautiful and lifelong friendships, I’ve had so many unforgettable experiences, (be prepared for a few memories shared in the next few days), and I’ve learned so much from all the heartfelt and authentic discussions we’ve shared with you.

“My heart is full and content. I’m truly grateful for all that was, all that is (life is in perfection), and all that will be.”

She concluded: “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 Talk’s executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said in a joint statement of their own to Deadline: “We will always be grateful for her contributions here at The Talk over the last 3 seasons.

“Her warmth, wisdom and vulnerability are just a few of her many admirable traits that will be missed.

“We wish her much success and good health going forward.”

Earlier this week, a source teased the news and exclusively told The Sun: “Carrie Ann is walking away from the show with her head held high.

“Another male will likely take her place – Victor Cruz is the clear favorite for the job.”

Super Bowl champ Victor has appeared on The Talk as a guest-host in various episode, most recently in late July.

THE TALK’S NEW DIRECTION

The insider explained: “Sharon kept the show in the headlines. When a roach crawling behind Sheryl Underwood was the only thing getting attention, it was a sign to move on and try something new.”

The Sun has reached out to the show’s reps for comment.

In March, CBS revealed in a statement that longtime host Sharon Osbourne would be leaving the program following mass backlash for her “racially insensitive” comments while defending Piers Morgan

Actor Jerry replaced Sharon following her shocking exit, as he joined the panel alongside Sheryl, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth.

“It’s really exciting. You ladies have been so welcoming to me…” Jerry, 47, said at the time.

The Sun exclusively reported from two sources that Jerry scored $2million for the gig.

MERRY JERRY

An insider said at the time: “Jerry’s salary is less than half of Sharon’s salary, but more than Sheryl. Amanda and Elaine are making mid six figures…”

The Talk would have all eyes on it following Sharon’s on-air blowup with fellow panelist Sheryl Underwood.

On the March 10 episode, Sharon, 68, addressed her decision to stand by her longtime friend Piers’ criticism of Meghan Markle, resulting in a harsh exchange of words, which also left the ex America’s Got Talent judge sobbing.

The Talk’s Carrie Ann Inaba reveals she’s taking a ‘leave of absence’ from CBS show to ‘focus on her well-being’

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