Carrie Ann Inaba announced on April 25 that she will be taking time off from the popular daytime show The Talk. In a video posted on Instagram, Inaba shared that she is taking this leave of absence to focus on her health and well-being. “Health is the most important thing”, Inaba intoned in the two-part video message before promising to keep her fans updated.
Inaba, who is 53, struggles with several autoimmune and related conditions. She has Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. It is unfortunately very common for a person with one autoimmune disease to develop other autoimmune conditions.
Long-time fans of Inaba are likely familiar with her health struggles. She has spoken previously of the emotional turmoil she feels due to looking healthy but feeling extremely ill. Inaba feels shame, “because I want to be what people see. And people see a healthy person, from the outside.”
Inaba joined The Talk in its eighth season as a guest host, ultimately becoming a regular host in season 9. Before that, she was most known for being a regular judge on Dancing with the Stars. Her leave of absence follows another recent shakeup on the show when Sharon Osbourne was fired after making insensitive comments about racism. Osbourne was one of the original panelists, but CBS’s investigation into her comments and behavior found them at odds with the network’s commitment to an inclusive workplace.
Since Osbourne’s departure, The Talk has had five hosts. This will stay the same as Jerry O’Connell will guest host while Inaba is absent. Fellow host Sheryl Underwood, who announced O’Connell will be guesting, made it clear that Inaba will be welcomed with open arms when she is ready to return. “We miss you, Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon”.
In the meantime, Jerry O’Connell is excited to fill in. He relayed that his time in the studio was his first time away from home in a year. He was a lively presence, especially when joining the rest of the hosts in the “Da Butt” dance to sign off the show.