Carrie Ann Inaba Joins THE TALK As Julie Chen's Replacement

Carrie Ann Inaba Joins THE TALK As Julie Chen's Replacement

Carrie Ann Inaba made her official debut today on THE TALK, joining Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Inaba replaces Julie Chen, the wife of ousted CBS CEO Les Moonves.

Throughout the past two seasons, Inaba has appeared as a recurring guest co-host.

Inaba began her television career in 1990 as one of the first Asian Americans to perform contemporary dance on national television as one of the Fly Girls of Fox's In Living Color.

Inaba is best known serving as a judge on ABC's Dancing with the Stars for all 27 seasons, since its debut in 2005. She has appeared in every episode to date.

Later, she was featured in a spinoff series with fellow judge, Bruno Tonioli, Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann.

Chen stated that Inaba was her choice to replace her in Chen's taped video announcing her exit from the show. Inaba "In my opinion you look awfully good sitting there, my Asian sister. I'm just saying!"

Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment, explained of the choice, "Carrie Ann connects with audiences by being genuine. We appreciate her warmth, heart and vulnerability, and love what she brings to the show."

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