EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: What in the world is CBS thinking? The network is going to announce shortly that Kris Jenner, the insufferable manager mom of those incredibly annoying Kardashian sisters, is the new fill-in host on The Talk. (Don’t these people have enough money for doing nothing already? I suppose Jenner at least can talk about her plastic surgeries…) Also being added is Sheryl Underwood, the African-American stand-up comedienne who used to be a regularly syndicated radio personality on the national Tom Joyner Morning Show as well as on the Jamie Foxx channel for Sirius XM satellite radio. She is now a weekly contributor on radio’s Steve Harvey Morning Show. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Underwood likes to call herself “a sexually progressive God-fearing black Republican”. (Black GOP-er? CBS went looking for a needle in a haystack…)
As for Sharon Osbourne, she wanted out of the daytime gabfest but will come back for six non-consecutive weeks. Sara Gilbert, who’s considered one of the creators of the show, and Les Moonves’ wife, Julie Chen, are still on board in front of the camera. But as Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva previously scooped, options for Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete weren’t renewed. It’s been no secret that tensions between most of the women, especially with the overbearing “Chenbot”, had developed during the first season. Sounds like the backroom battles were far more interesting than anything on air: the jealousies, the bickering, the micromanaging. All I know is I wouldn’t want that famous-for-being-famous Jenner momager, who’s already a fixture on E! Entertainment thanks to Ryan Seacrest, anywhere near a network camera. Ugh!