THE Talk executives fear Carrie Ann Inaba will quit the show before the season comes to an end, as they are eyeing Jenna Dewan to replace her in a cast shakeup.
Carrie Ann, 53, has been “stressed” after Sharon Osbourne left The Talk following her blowout fight with co-host Sheryl Underwood, as fans are speculating she will also leave the CBS show.
The Dancing with the Stars judge has been out since April 13, as she suffers from multiple autoimmune conditions.
A source exclusively revealed to The Sun that executives fear Carrie Ann, who joined The Talk in 2019, will quit before the season ends, as they are eyeing actress and dancer Jenna, 40, to replace her.
The source claimed: “Odds are Carrie Ann will not make it through this season. She has not said she is leaving yet, but that's how staff members feel. Everyone thinks Carrie Ann will leave the show.
“She has to put her health first and her autoimmune conditions are triggered by stress.”
The source continued the show is looking for “guest hosts to audition as potential replacements for Carrie Ann.”
The source continued of Channing Tatum’s ex-wife: “Jenna Dewan is one name of interest. Since they are paying out Sharon's contract, they do not have the budget right now to replace either host with a huge name like her.”
Jenna is set to guest host on Wednesday’s episode. She has appeared on The Talk in the past.
The source continued: “The staff adores Carrie Ann and will hate to see her go, but they understand she needs to do what is right for her health and career.
“It feels like the show’s days are numbered.”
Reps for CBS did not immediately respond for comment.
A source previously told The Sun Carrie Ann is “stressed out” by Sharon’s departure, which has “triggered her autoimmune flare-ups.”
Fans believe Carrie Ann’s absence could be a sign she’s done with the CBS show.
One viewer wrote on The Talk’s Facebook page: “Judging by Carrie Ann's absence after only one day this week, it looks like she is done with this train wreck of a show.”
A second commented: “Where's Carrie Ann? Please tell me she didn't leave! I feel like this show is dangerously close to folding. It's a shame!”
A third said: “She may be planning to leave. She should. This show is dead.”
A fourth wrote: “Carrie Ann is setting up her escape.”
The talk show host opened up about her autoimmune disorders and stress by captioning a quote on Instagram that read: "Angel of knowledge.”
The caption read: "It’s a reminder of how connected we are to the universe. Since I was actually looking for knowledge to help me to evolve and heal on my own health journey, I feel in alignment with my journey and am comforted, knowing both in my heart and mind that I am on the right path towards radiant health!
"I always believe there is a solution for every problem. It just takes time and patience to find the solutions, along with determination and courage. Throw in good old fashioned hard work and you’ll find some solution that works.
"It takes a lot of work to get your health in balance with autoimmune disease. I have always needed systems that work. When the systems break down into chaos, the 'autoimmune-enabled' or as my doctor said to me recently, 'differently-abled' autoimmune body cannot stabilize.
“I like to think that it’s a gift when your body says no. That’s a sign. And it’s important to listen to your body. Many people are numb to their body’s whispers… our society tells us to keep going through the pain, suffering and stress.”
She ended the caption: "Grateful to @thetalkcbs for always being supportive of my health. @[email protected]"
On the March 10 episode, Sharon, 68, addressed her decision to stand by her longtime friend Piers Morgan's criticism of Meghan Markle, resulting in an on-air fight with co-host Sheryl.
Sharon told her co-hosts on the show: “Why is it that because I supported a longtime friend and work colleague for years, people go ‘well you must be racist because he’s racist.’
“No. I support his freedom of speech. I’m not racist and neither is Piers racist. What have I ever said about anybody that’s racist? It’s not within me. It’s not in my soul.”
Sheryl, 57, claimed Piers showed “racial implications with the way he spoke about Meghan” the last time he appeared on their talk show.
Sheryl explained: “It’s not the exact words of racism it’s the implication and the reaction to it. To not want to address that because she is a Black woman and to try to dismiss it, that’s what makes it racist.
“But right now I’m talking to a woman that is my friend and I don’t want anybody here to watch this and say we’re attacking you for being racist.”
An emotional Sharon then rolled her eyes before saying: “I think it’s too late. I think that seed’s already sewn.”
The show took a month-long hiatus to conduct an internal review.
CBS then announced Sharon had quit the show in March.
On the April 12 return episode, Socio-cultural analyst Dr. Donald E Grant then joined the women.
Sheryl commented that she really wanted to move past the "PTSD" that she suffered from that day.
A source told The Sun following her departure that Sharon “remains livid” and “lost trust in the network.”
Sharon was “utterly bewildered by the way" CBS bosses made it "look like she was racist,” the source said.
Viewers have vowed to boycott the show since Sharon's departure, as they believe her freedom of speech was shut down.
The show currently stars Carrie Ann, Sheryl, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.
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