The speech loses another of its hosts. Carrie Ann Inaba is leaving the daytime series after three seasons. She took a break to focus on her health earlier this year, but it’s now known that she won’t be returning to the show when she returns on CBS this fall.
Inaba said the following about the decision, by Deadline:
“I enjoyed my stay at The speech as a co-host and moderator and am grateful for the opportunity I have had to grow up with the whole Talk family as well as to truly connect with viewers on such a personal level. I will miss The speech, but I’m excited for the next chapter for both myself and the show.
Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews, executive producers of the daytime series, also referred to its release in a statement:
“Carrie Ann’s authenticity and openness created a special connection and relationship with our audience. We will always be grateful for his contributions here at The speech over the past 3 seasons. Her warmth, wisdom and vulnerability are just a few of her many admirable traits that will be missed. We wish him success and good health for the future.
Inaba isn’t the only departure from the series this year. Sharon Osborne also left the show and she was replaced by Jerry O’Connell earlier this summer.
The speech will return to CBS this fall. A new co-host for the series will be announced at a later date.
What do you think? Are you a fan of The speech? Are you surprised by the release of Inaba?