After revealing that Carrie Ann Inaba would join the ladies of The Talk as their new co-host in early December, the posting was made official this week when Inaba joined the panel for their first show of the new year. Dancing With the Stars fans need not fear that Inaba's planning to leave her judging duties behind, though, as she'll be back in action when the competition returns. Now, we know how she plans to juggle her new gig with sitting on the judges panel.
Well, what's great is, I have the spring to get used to this schedule, coming into work every day. I've never had a job where I've come in every day in my entire life! And I think Dancing With the Stars, what's great is, because it's live and we just judge, I show up after The Talk. It works out perfectly! I couldn't have asked for a more ideal situation.
Luckily for Carrie Ann Inaba, Dancing With the Stars isn't actually due to return to ABC until sometime in the fall, meaning that she'll have quite a few months to get used to this radically different schedule. Inaba noted that since she doesn't have any dancing or choreographing duties on DWTS, all she has to do is show up in time to get ready for looking gorgeous at that judges table on live TV. So, Inaba's mornings can now be safely dedicated to adding her opinions, honesty and sense of humor to Season 9 of The Talk.
While Carrie Ann Inaba should have plenty of time to get used to the idea of working two jobs at basically the same time, I'm more worried about her having to get used to showing up to work every day. Apparently, from what she told Entertainment Tonight, Inaba was basically a dancer from the word 'go' and never had to do what so many of us, especially those in creative fields where jobs are scarce, had to do during our youths and wait tables, help customers from behind retail counters or man a fast food fryer. She's obviously a consummate professional and eager to take on the challenges of co-hosting a daily talk show, though, so I'm sure she'll make it work.
And, it's a good thing, too, because The Talk had a rather tumultuous 2018. After having to replace co-host Aisha Tyler the year before, it seemed like the show had hit its groove again. Unfortunately, Julie Chen, one of only three co-hosts left from Season 1, stepped down from her post right before the Season 9 premiere in order to show her support for her husband, Les Moonves. Moonves became embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal last year when several women came forward and made allegations against him, which led to him stepping down as Chairman and CEO of CBS.
Inaba, who acted as guest co-host on The Talk for over a year, has already noted how fortunate she feels to have nabbed the coveted daytime position, saying that she was so happy to get the job that she actually cried. So, it sounds like the Dancing With the Stars judge is ready to make the most of this new opportunity.
You can see how Carrie Ann Inaba settles into her new job alongside Sara Gilbert, Eve, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood when The Talk airs Monday through Friday on CBS.