EXCLUSIVE: Actress-comedian Aisha Tyler is joining The Talk as a new co-host. Tyler, who previously guest hosted the CBS daytime talk show for a week, starts tomorrow when she will take a spot around the table alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Along with Underwood, Tyler is the second new co-host tapped for the talk show following the recent departure of Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete. For the past 2 months, The Talk employed a number of recurring guest hosts, including Kris Jenner and Molly Shannon, as Osbourne too is taking some time off this fall.
Tyler, who became the first black actor to land a major role on NBC’s megahit Friends, has talk show hosting experience. In addition to guest hosting The Talk, she was also one of several guest hosts on CBS’ Late Late Show in the transitional period between Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson. Tyler also did a stint as host of E!’s Talk Soup, and in 2009, she shot a pilot for her own talk show with ABC. Additionally, this past summer Tyler launched the talk show podcast Girl on Guy. Tyler has a long history at CBS. She toplined her own comedy pilot in 2005, co-starred on the network’s drama series Ghost Whisperer and in the 2010 comedy pilot Open Books. Additionally, Tyler, repped by UTA and ROAR, continues to do comedy tours and voices one of the leads on FX’s animated comedy Archer.