There's no denying that Amanda Kloots has had an extremely difficult year. After spending several months publicly documenting the struggle that her husband, Nick Cordero, was having as he tried to fight his COVID-19 diagnosis and the many resulting medical problems, she's now had to try to move on after he passed away on July 5. Now, after the tumultuous year that she's had, Kloots has landed a new fulltime gig in Hollywood as a co-host on the hit CBS daytime show The Talk.
The network announced that Amanda Kloots and award-winning journalist Elaine Welteroth will be joining The Talk as co-hosts on January 4, 2021. Both Kloots and Welteroth have acted as guest co-hosts several times throughout October and November, and they will be stepping in to replace Marie Osmond, who departed the show last season, and Eve, who announced last month that she would be leaving The Talk in December, after co-hosting for three seasons. Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews, who both serve as executive producers and showrunners on the long-running daytime show, had this to say about the addition of Kloots and Welteroth to the team:
Heather Gray: As we move into the new year, Kristin and I are thrilled to welcome Amanda and Elaine as permanent hosts. They both have amazing energy, interesting points of view and a willingness to share their personal life experiences that complement the voices of our other phenomenal women.
Kristin Matthews: Their diverse backgrounds and bright personalities bring an authentic chemistry to the panel. Heather and I, along with Sharon, Sheryl and Carrie Ann, are excited to have these dynamic, intelligent and fearless women connect with our audience and become part of The Talk family.
As mentioned above, Amanda Kloots is nothing if not very willing to discuss her personal challenges with the world. When Nick Cordero was first diagnosed, Kloots quickly began keeping the actor's fans updated on his prognosis via regular Instagram posts. As his time in the hospital went on, and resulting medical issues continued to mount, Kloots not only proved herself to be a force of hope and positivity, but was also willing to admit when the situation became hard to handle and made her doubt or worry about the future.
Kloots was a constant inspiration as she fought for her husband, even while not being able to visit him in the hospital for well over two months after his initial diagnosis. It seems pretty clear that those at The Talk also saw how tough, positive and open she was during that time, and figured she'd be a pretty good fit to join Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba and fellow incoming co-host Elaine Welteroth. As you might imagine, Kloots is very excited about her new gig, and took to Instagram to share her feelings about joining The Talk:
During an early November guest co-hosting spot on The Talk, Amanda Kloots spoke about how difficult it's been to get through "the markers" as each month passes since Cordero's death, but the former Broadway dancer was also able to admit that she was glad to be there, because it's easier when she keeps busy. So, it's truly lucky that Kloots now has this amazing opportunity to help carry her through.
You can watch Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth start their work as fulltime co-hosts on The Talk, on CBS, beginning Monday, January 4. For more to watch in the coming weeks, take a look at what else will be on the small screen in the new year!