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CBS Sets Carrie Ann Inaba’s Debut as Official Co-Host on ‘The Talk’

“The Talk” to formally announce “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba as its new permanent co-host. She debuts Wed, January 2.

When “” returns to originals on Wednesday, January 2, after an extended holiday break, it’ll finally have a complete set of permanent co-hosts.

Earlier today, CBS announced that at the start of that day’s broadcast the daily chatfest will formally announce a new host, reportedly” judge . Although the network hasn’t formally commented on her hiring as yet, Deadline claims to have received confirmation following a report by sister publication Variety.

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Prior to getting the job, Inaba frequently stepped in as a guest co-host during scheduled absences of other panelists, and often since the start of the current TV season. Inaba is said to have closed a deal with the network earlier this month that will find her officially seated at a table that once included , who departed the daytime talk show in September amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct made against her husband, former CBS chief .

Chen herself championed for Inaba to get the gig. In a taped video announcing her departure from the talk show in September, Chen said of Inaba, “You’d look awful good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister. I’m just saying!” Despite leaving the talk show, Chen remains host of CBS’ “.”

Now with Inaba as co-host, “The Talk” panel also includes  and , who also serves as creator and executive producer. Past co-hosts include , and the aforementioned Chen.

Outside of “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Talk,” Inaba began her American career as one of the original Fly Girl dancers on FOX’s “” in the 1990s. She’s also choreographed on shows such as “,” “” and “.”

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