Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews, who are the show’s executive producers, shared a joint statement to NBC that praised Inaba’s “authenticity and openness,” which they said created “a special connection and relationship with our audience.”
They continued, “We will always be grateful for her contributions here at The Talk over the last 3 seasons. Her warmth, wisdom and vulnerability are just a few of her many admirable traits that will be missed,” adding, “We wish her much success and good health going forward.”
Last month, Star Trek actor Jerry O’Connell replaced Osbourne permanently, making him the first full-time male co-host.
“It’s real exciting. First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me,” he shared. “I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun and it worked…We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are.”
Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth are currently expected to return for season 12 in September. The most recent episode aired on Aug. 10, featuring actress Mena Suvari.