While Rob Shuter reported that Talk co-hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, and Sheryl Underwood avoided Julie after what an insider described as her “awkward” departure, Inaba’s occasional guest-host turns on the show made a positive impression.
In a press release announcing the hire, CBS touted Carrie Ann’s “warmth, heart and vulnerability,” which contrasts with at least one prospective host The ENQUIRER reported as being in the mix.
“Rosie [O’Donnell] lobbied hard for the job and was very close to being signed,” a source told The ENQUIRER in October.
“But several of the current cast members privately expressed serious concerns about her volatility and the circus-like atmosphere which always seems to follow Rosie.”
The caustic comic enjoyed stirring the pot for years as a co-host on ABC’s The View and was a guest host on The Talk Sept. 28, just 10 days after Chen announced her exit.