The Talk announced live today that Carrie Ann Inaba has joined as a new host of the CBS talk show. Inaba made her official debut today (Jan 2), joining Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Throughout the past two seasons, Inaba has appeared as a recurring guest co-host on The Talk.
“Everyone’s Talking about it, and I’m excited to confirm it. We’re welcoming Carrie Ann Inaba to The Talk table,” said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS Entertainment. “Carrie Ann connects with audiences by being genuine. We appreciate her warmth, heart and vulnerability, and love what she brings to the show.”
“Having the opportunity to sit at the table with Eve, Sara, Sharon and Sheryl has been such an enriching experience, and I’m honored and looking forward to joining them daily,” says Carrie Ann Inaba. “It’s the authentic conversations and connection with the audience and the ladies that really drew me to The Talk. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this show.”
Inaba has served as a judge on ABC’s award-winning competition series Dancing with the Stars for all 27 seasons, since its debut in 2005. As an original judge, she has appeared in every episode to date. Later, she was featured in a spinoff series with fellow judge, Bruno Tonioli, titled Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann. Inaba began her television career in 1990 when she landed her first major role on In Living Color, becoming one of the first Asian Americans to perform contemporary dance on national television as one of the Fly Girls. Also, she was a featured solo dancer during Madonna’s “The Girlie Show World Tour” in 1993.
Inaba began performing professionally at age 18 when she moved to Japan, where she released three singles as a recording artist. Behind the camera, Inaba has choreographed and staged performances for American Idol, American Juniors, Dance Fever, TV Land Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, American Music Awards” and Miss America pageants, which she hosted last year.