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Carrie Ann Inaba to Take Leave of Absence From CBS’ ‘The Talk’

Inaba's Temporary Departure Comes One Month After Sharon Osbourne's Abrupt Exit

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Carrie Ann Inaba, who joined CBS’ “The Talk” as a co-host in 2017, has announced on Twitter she is taking a break from the CBS daytime chatfest. Inaba tweeted she needed to leave the show to “focus on my health and well-being.”

“We all know health is the most precious gift we have and I need to take care of mine,” she said. “I appreciate the love and support from all of you and from my family at ‘The Talk’.”

Inaba’s temporary departure comes one month after former co-host Sharon Osbourne exited the show after an internal review over her on-air comments about racism and allegations of racially insensitive behavior behind the scenes. The controversy surrounding Osbourne stemmed from the March 10th episode of “The Talk,” in which the host came to the defense of longtime friend Piers Morgan after he was criticized for making disparaging comments about Meghan Markle. Some critics, including Osbourne’s co-host Underwood, said Morgan’s words were racially motivated.

There is no one who, if anyone, will step in for Inaba. News of a permanent replacement for Sharon Osbourne has still not been announced.