Carrie Anne Inaba revealed on Monday that she would be leaving “The Talk” to concentrate on her “health and well-being.”
“We all know health is the most precious gift we have,” Inaba, 53, wrote alongside a video statement posted to Instagram. “And I need to take care of mine. I appreciate the love and support from all of you and from my family at The Talk. I hope to be back soon! Ready for action! 🙌🏻❤️🙏🏼 I’m sending you all my love. And I’ll update you on my progress… talk soon. ❤️😘”
Sheryl Underwood, Inaba’s co-host, said the same thing on air, concluding, “We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forwards to getting you back with us soon.”
Inaba’s exit is yet another setback for CBS’ beleaguered flagship talk show.
“The Talk” was recently involved in a major controversy involving a racially charged on-air dispute between Underwood and then-co-host Sharon Osbourne, which culminated in Osbourne’s departure from the show with a hefty golden parachute.
Meanwhile, Inaba, who recently battled COVID-19, was sued in February by an individual who accused her of causing a car accident in Los Angeles in 2019.
It’s unclear if Inaba’s absence from the show is due to the coronavirus’s long-term impact.
Inaba admitted that she was already experiencing the long-term effects of the disease, such as exhaustion, during a January segment in which Osbourne addressed her bout with COVID.
- Carrie Anne Inaba: CBS