EXCLUSIVE: Julie Chen compares finding Aisha Tyler's replacement on 'The Talk' to 'speed dating'


Julie Chen and those at The Talk are still in search of Aisha Tyler's replacement on the show.

The host told ET's Brice Sander after Big Brother's first double eviction of the season that they are in the thick of it when it comes to finding a permanent co-host before the start of the eighth season of CBS' daytime talk show.

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"We are a couple of weeks away from doing some chemistry tests and I know there's a big list of names," Chen revealed. "I will say this, I've been working in television a long time and I'm an avid TV watcher. Casting a partner on-air, whether it's one of five, one of two, is a very difficult thing because it's that thing we always talk about, chemistry."

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Chen also pointed out that when it comes to finding a new co-host for The Talk, "you don't have to just have good chemistry with one person, you need to have good chemistry with all [of us]."

"I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up entering season eight and having a variety of guest co-hosts, much the way we saw Kelly Ripa do before Michael Strahan got named," she noted, referring to Live's co-host search. "Then we saw Kelly Ripa do it again when Strahan went to [Good Morning America], and before they landed on Ryan Seacrest [as the permanent co-host]."

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Chen quipped of having guest co-hosts, "By the way, that's also interesting to watch because you get to see us four gals on many dates, it's like speed dating!"

Whoever ends up taking Tyler's place has some big shoes to fill, according to Chen. "I mean, when Aisha came and joined us season two ...by the end of the week, we were like, 'So, what color do you want your dressing room?'" she recalled. "It was exciting. So, I feel like we're dating now. Us four ladies of The Talk are going on many dates with many other women just to see who is the right fit."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Aisha Tyler attends the Oscars Viewing Party at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on February 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Aisha Tyler attends Alfre Woodard's 7th Annual 'Oscar's Sistahs Soiree' Presented By Tanqueray No. TEN And Perennial Sports & Entertainment on February 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Miss Maglashan Productions)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: (L-R) TV personalities Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen pose with an award in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen of CBS' 'The Talk' ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Aisha Tyler attends 'In The Heart Of The Sea' New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 8: The ladies of The Talk Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen in the green room of CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 for the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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Chen added, "It's like a relationship, it's like a marriage, you know? Gotta go on a lot dates before you propose."

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In addition to co-hosting The Talk, Chen also hosts Big Brother, which airs Sunday and Wednesday nights on CBS.

Earlier this month, ET spoke exclusively with Tyler about her final moments on The Talk. "These women are incredible people," she said, noting that the few seconds before she, Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood walk out on stage are the most "precious and magical" of the show. "That beat where we, our team, the Avengers have assembled, those few seconds are so precious and magical."


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