The Talk: Carrie Ann Inaba officially joins as Julie Chen's replacement

It’s official: Carrie Ann Inaba will permanently fill Julie Chen’s vacant seat on The Talk, CBS confirmed Wednesday.

The Dancing With the Stars judge made her debut as a regular Talk co-host on Wednesday’s broadcast, rounding out a panel that includes Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Eve.

“Having the opportunity to sit at the table with Eve, Sara, Sharon and Sheryl has been such an enriching experience, and I’m honored and looking forward to joining them daily,” Inaba said in a statement. “It’s the authentic conversations and connection with the audience and the ladies that really drew me to The Talk. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this show.”

Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president of daytime programs at CBS, added, “Everyone’s Talk-ing about it, and I’m excited to confirm it. We’re welcoming Carrie Ann Inaba to the Talk table. Carrie Ann connects with audiences by being genuine. We appreciate her warmth, heart and vulnerability, and love what she brings to the show.”

It was first reported in December that Inaba would likely be joining the show permanently, after serving as a guest host regularly in the wake of Chen’s departure last September. In Chen’s farewell message to The Talk, she even suggested that Inaba should take over for her at the show, adding that “in my opinion, you look awful good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister.”

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2405' - The nine remaining celebrities will transform into some of the most magical Disney characters and celebrate the magnificence of 'Disney Night,' on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2403' - The 11 remaining celebrities are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's iconic songs, as Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, JULIANNE HOUGH, LEN GOODMAN, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2403' - The 11 remaining celebrities are set to celebrate the allure of Sin City and take a gamble on dancing to some of the city's iconic songs, as Vegas Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2402' - After showcasing their first dances on last week's exciting season premiere, the celebrities get another chance to impress the judges with a new style of dance, all the while knowing that one of them is going home at the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MARCH 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2401' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with a new, dynamic cast of celebrities who are ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2401' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with a new, dynamic cast of celebrities who are ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) ERIN ANDREWS, CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episodes 2312 - The remaining three couples will have one last night of competitive dancing as they perform a '24-Hour Fusion Challenge,' vying to score some extra judges' points, and one couple will be crowned the 'Dancing with the Stars' champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live from The Grove on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2309' - The six remaining celebrities will dance two show-stopping dances - one from some of the hottest Broadway musicals, and a second where they are paired up for a 'Team-Up Challenge' - as 'Showstoppers' night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, BRUNO TONIOLI, JULIANNE HOUGH
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2306' - The nine remaining celebrities ready themselves for one of the hottest nights in the ballroom - Latin Night - with each celebrity performing either a rumba, salsa, samba, paso dobl� cha cha or Argentine tango, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2305' - The nine remaining celebrities will set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2304A' - The third elimination of the season will take place on 'Dancing with the Stars: The Results,' live, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BRUNO TONIOLI, JULIANNE HOUGH, CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2305' - The nine remaining celebrities will set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2306' - The nine remaining celebrities ready themselves for one of the hottest nights in the ballroom - Latin Night - with each celebrity performing either a rumba, salsa, samba, paso dobl� cha cha or Argentine tango, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, PITBULL, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2304' - One of the biggest shows 'Dancing with the Stars' has ever put on will unfold on the ballroom floor, as the 11 remaining celebrities perform big spectacle dances for Cirque du Soleil(r) night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA, JULIANNE HOUGH, BRUNO TONIOLI
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2302' - The 13 celebrities get ready to dance to some of their favorite TV theme songs as TV Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CARRIE ANN INABA
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Dancer Carrie Ann Inaba attends the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Dancer Carrie Ann Inaba (R) and Robb Derringer attend the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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