Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a leave of absence from The Talk, just a month after co-host Sharon Osbourne left the CBS show amid a blaze of controversy for standing up for her friend Piers Morgan.
Her co-host Sheryl Underwood announced the news on Monday morning: ‘We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being.’
She continued: ‘She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at The Talk. We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.’
The latest: Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a leave of absence from The Talk. Her co-host Sheryl Underwood announced the news on Monday morning: ‘We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being’
Soon after, Carrie Ann took to her Twitter to directly tell her fans the news.
She said: ‘Hi everyone. So I wanted to let you know personally that I have decided to take a leave of absence from The Talk to focus on my well being. I know you guys understand, health is the most important thing.’
Adding: ‘I appreciate your support. I appreciate the love and support from The Talk family. And I hope to be back soon. Take care. And I’ll keep you updated. Thank you.
The star tweeted as well: ‘I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well being. I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!’ adding a heart.
Her leave of absence comes just after for Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne revealed that she received support from Carrie Ann and Amanda Kloots about her missing cat Momo.
On Friday, Sharon said that they sent her words of encouragement to her after her cat went missing.
She has seen been found and reunited with Sharon and her family.
‘Momo my precious Scottish Fold cat has been missing for 3 days. If anyone near the Larchmont area has seen her or know someone that has, please DM me. There will be a reward. Praying my baby Momo is safe and ok,’ the now ex-CBS host wrote.
Stepping away: She continued: ‘She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at The Talk. We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon;’ Carrie Ann pictured on the Dancing With The Stars red carpet last year
After Sharon reached out to her Instagram community for any leads and asked them to ‘repost’ her plea to assist in the cat’s safe return, Inaba and Kloots jumped right in.
‘Oh! I have a friend near the area too I will alert her! So sorry Mrs!!,’ the newest host and widow of Nick Cordero wrote.
Carrie Ann added: ‘Do not give up. My moms cat was hiding from her for months.. and she was nearby… we eventually found her. Leave out food and water…. and call out to her on evening walks. Sending you so much love…. I’m so sorry…keep the faith.’
And once the quick witted Brit shared that the cat was back home, they also showed their support for the situation publicly.
‘Omg YAY!!!! So happy for you!’ wrote Amanda, and Carrie Ann followed up with a similar cry of joy, adding ‘That’s great news!!!!.
Sharon’s exit came after she defended her longtime pal Piers Morgan over racially tinged comments about Meghan Markle on the Oprah Winfrey interview.
The scandal began in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah, where they both claimed Meghan experienced racism as a royal and even felt suicidal.
Piers had said after the interview: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.’
DailyMail.com’s editor-at-large left his role as host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain on March 9, after refusing to back down on his comments.
Former: Her leave of absence comes just after for Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne revealed that she received support from Carrie Ann and Amanda Kloots about her missing cat Momo
She and Sheryl Underwood got into a heated back and forth where she defended him for voicing his opinions, and later got defensive and raised her voice when she felt she was being called racist herself.
And once it was claimed by Sharon that she was blind sighted when the topic was sprung on her without prior knowledge as the show went live, CBS launched an internal investigation and the program went on hiatus for several weeks.
The network announced that they had parted ways with the host after 11 seasons on the show.
Earlier this month, Sharon sat down for her first interview following her forced exit from The Talk after defending Piers over his Meghan remarks.
She called Prince Harry the ‘poster boy’ of ‘white privilege’ while appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher.
She also hit out on claims she was ‘racist,’ and slamming ‘woke culture’ for canceling anyone who couldn’t keep up with changing ‘acceptable’ language.
‘I’m angry. I’m hurt,’ Osbourne said when asked about the scandal that saw her leave her show on March 26.
‘I’ve been called so many things in my life. I am so used to be called names. But a racist is one I will not take,’ she said.
Bill asked if the racial allegations being thrown around meant that ‘you have to agree with everything Meghan Markle says or you’re a racist? Is this the standard now?’
‘Okay, I’m trying to go back and think of the words that somebody who is meant to be an expert in ‘woke’ language,’ she responded, ‘as is acceptable today, saying that it took away her feelings and that she’s entitled to her feelings and that she was stripped of those by Piers.’
Sharon had said that Meghan is ‘entitled to her opinion and Piers is entitled to his and that’s what it’s all about and then you are entitled to a disagreement.’
She argued that Meghan’s claims about the royal family were baseless and her allegedly cold welcome would have been offered to anyone coming into the family.
‘[The Queen] is from a different generation,’ she said. ‘They are notoriously non-huggy. I get it, because of her age. She’s from a different generation.’
She also criticized Harry for his own perceived problems with racism and his family when she claimed he was a classic example of ‘white privilege.’
‘You know when they say white privilege? You know, right there with Harry. Right there. He is the poster boy. So you know, he sits there and says ‘daddy cut him off and he’s not on the wages anymore’ and he was boohooing about it.’
‘You can’t feel empathy for that. Because you’re a healthy, bright, educated young man. You can do whatever you want to do. Your life is your own.’
She added: ‘But disagreeing with somebody does not make you a racist in my book.’
Sharon later said: ‘This word that they throw out about the cancel culture and it is, what are you doing? I’m fine, I’m fine. I’m a fighter and I’m doing just fine.’
‘It’s about maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day because it changes from day to day what is correct and what isn’t,’ she said.
‘You cannot blanket every race. There is good and bad in every race.’
During the interview, Bill confronted Sharon about accusations that she used derogatory language about some former The Talk co-hosts.
‘We don’t condone any bad language anywhere but I’m just saying, first of all, we’re talking about four ladies,’ said Bill. ‘I know that men are dogs.’
‘And we’re b—-es,’ shot back Sharon. ‘And that’s the way it goes, that’s the way it goes. We’ll go, “Jesus, did you see what she was just wearing?” And then you go, “Oh hi, you look great.” You know, we’re b*****s and that’s the way it is. And this has brought it all out.’
Sharon then told Maher she had ‘never’ used language alleged by former co-host Leah Remini, who claimed Osbourne said Julie Chen was a ‘wonton’ and ‘slanty eyes’ and called Sara Gilbert a ‘p***y licker’ and ‘fish eater.’
She said those kinds of offensive slurs were ‘not in my vocabulary.’
‘It’s disgruntled ladies,’ she said.