Carrie Ann Inaba has a clear idea of who she’d like to replace Eve as a co-host on The Talk. Last week, the 42-year-old singer and rapper announced she was exiting the CBS talk show at the end of December after four seasons. The news came just a few months after Marie Osmond announced she too was leaving the show after only one season.
“That’s heartbreaking because we are so close, all of us. It’s really sad but we’re also at the same, it’s a mixed bag of emotions because Eve wants to start a family,” Inaba tells ET’s Lauren Zima. “She’s glowing. Something is right for her to be where she is. We miss her. We haven’t hugged her for a long time and today it was her birthday episode at The Talk and it was a bummer to not be with her. We’re all close. We text all the time and we’re sad that she’s leaving. But at the same time, when you love somebody, you’ve got to set them free.”
Noting that The Talk family “just grows, it doesn’t end, it just grows,” Inaba says the show is already searching for Eve’s replacement.
“Yes, we’re looking,” Inaba confirms. “We’re going to make sure that while no one — let’s just make sure — no one can replace Eve, we are going to look for somebody that brings a lot to the show and we will do our audience proud, I promise you.”
Inaba has her own list of requirements for a potential replacement for Eve.
“I just want somebody that’s current, of the moment, educated, compassionate, that knows how to be a team player because when you’re on a talk show like that and you go to work every day, the chemistry is important,” she shares. “We need to make sure there’s the right chemistry, but we want somebody who has an interesting viewpoint, something new, brings something to the table, maybe doesn’t always agree with us. That’s important. That’s how life is. Life is not about us all agreeing, it’s about how you manage when you don’t agree.”
Eve made her announcement during last Monday’s show. “Sitting on stage with all you women has been the best thing ever,” she told Inaba and the other co-hosts. “I truly love you.”
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