Carrie Ann Inaba taking leave of absence from ‘The Talk’

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Carrie Anne Inaba announced Monday that she would be taking a leave of absence from “The Talk” to focus on her “health and well-being.”

“We all know health is the most precious gift we have,” Inaba, 53, wrote alongside a video statement posted to Instagram. “And I need to take care of mine. I appreciate the love and support from all of you and from my family at The Talk. I hope to be back soon! Ready for action!🙌🏻❤️🙏🏼 I’m sending you all my love. And I’ll update you on my progress… talk soon. ❤️😘”

Inaba’s co-host Sheryl Underwood delivered an on-air message along the same lines, closing with, “We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Inaba’s departure is another blow to CBS’ embattled flagship chat show. “The Talk” was recently embroiled in a massive scandal over a racially tinged on-air argument Underwood had with then-co-host Sharon Osbourne, which resulted in Osbourne leaving the show, though not without a hefty golden parachute.

Meanwhile, Inaba — who weathered a bout with COVID-19 recently — was hit with a lawsuit in February by person who accused her of causing a 2019 car crash in Los Angeles.

It’s unknown if Inaba’s time off from the show is related to any lingering effects from the coronavirus. During a January segment in which Osbourne discussed her bout with COVID, Inaba agreed that she was still feeling the long-term effects related to the illness, like fatigue.

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