Carrie Ann Inaba, the longtime Dancing With the Stars judge who guest-hosted on CBS’ The Talk during Julie Chen’s pre-departure hiatus, is replacing Chen on the show permanently, Deadline has confirmed.
Inaba and Rosie O’Donnell mostly filled Chen’s seat for guest stints back in September, after Chen announced just before the talk show’s new season began that she was taking time off after husband and CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves was fired amid sexual misconduct allegations.
Chen soon after announced on The Talk, via videotape, that she was exiting permanently. In that message, she voted for Inaba to get the gig, telling her as she guest host that day: “In my opinion, you look awfully good sitting there, my Asian sister. I’m just saying!”
Announcement comes after Inaba guest hosted every day this week.
According to Variety, which broke the story today, Inaba will join the show in January.
Chen will continue to host CBS’ Big Brother.