Jerry O’Connell announces he is joining The Talk as the FIRST full-time male co-host


Jerry O’Connell announced on Wednesday that he will be the first full-time male co-host of The Talk.

The actor, 47, wore a dark suit and white shirt on the chat show as he broke the news then praised his co-stars Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.  

‘It’s fun, and it works, and we’re going to have a lot of fun,’ the husband of Rebecca Romijn said. ‘It’s real exciting.’

This news comes just as DailyMail.com obtained unearthed audio recording of Welteroth apologizing to her former co-star Osbourne and reassuring her that ‘no one thinks she’s racist’ in a conversation in Sharon’s dressing room after the explosive March 10 show. 

I’m in! Jerry O’Connell announced on Wednesday that he will be the first full-time male co-host of The Talk

A fave on the show: The actor, 47, has been on the show many times before as a guest star. Seen with co-stars Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth, as well as Mark McGrath, far right

A fave on the show: The actor, 47, has been on the show many times before as a guest star. Seen with co-stars Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth, as well as Mark McGrath, far right

His announcement comes after Sharon Osbourne exited the daytime program following claims she had made racist comments.

For the past month there has been speculation favorite guest star O’Connell would join the table. 

O’Connell also said on Wednesday: ‘First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked.

 Time to shine: ‘It’s fun, and it works, and we’re going to have a lot of fun,’ the husband of Rebecca Romijn said. ‘It’s real exciting’

Up for laughs: O'Connell also said on Wednesday: 'First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you're just gracious, you're kind, you're fun, and it worked

Up for laughs: O’Connell also said on Wednesday: ‘First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked

‘And here we are. We’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are,’ he added.

In a statement, executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said, ‘We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host. 

‘We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.’ 

Osbourne, 68, left the show in March after a tense argument with co-host Underwood and subsequent accusations she’d made racist comments about her peers. 

Praise: In a statement, executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said, 'We are beyond thrilled Jerry O'Connell is our new host'

Praise: In a statement, executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said, ‘We are beyond thrilled Jerry O’Connell is our new host’

Kissy: The producers added, 'We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day'

Kissy: The producers added, ‘We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day’

O’Connell is no stranger to The Talk, regularly stopping by as guest host.   

Jerry had reportedly been in talks with CBS ‘on and off since at least May.’

O’Connell will join Underwood, Kloots and Welteroth at the table while Carrie Ann Inaba continues her leave of absence from the series.

CBS is hoping Jerry’s addition will help perk up the show’s ratings, which dipped after Osbourne’s departure, continuing an already downward trend. 

Despite the falling viewership, CBS recently renewed the daytime chat show for a 12th season, which will be its first without any of the original co-hosts sitting at the table.

In the past, The Talk has featured Julie Chen Moonves, Sara Gilbert, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Aisha Tyler and Marie Osmond.

Winning formula? The Talk has seen its ratings dip in the wake of Osbourne's departure

Winning formula? The Talk has seen its ratings dip in the wake of Osbourne’s departure

Shakeup: Welteroth (left), Underwood (center right), and Kloots (far right) are still on the show  while Inaba (second from left) continues her leave of absence from the series

Shakeup: Welteroth (left), Underwood (center right), and Kloots (far right) are still on the show  while Inaba (second from left) continues her leave of absence from the series

Osbourne left The Talk in March following her fiery defense of friend Piers Morgan, who quit Good Morning Britain after storming off for being criticized for comments about Meghan Markle, a regular target of the conservative commentator’s vitriol.

Sharon became emotional while Underwood spoke about Morgan, screaming: ‘Educate me, tell me when you have heard him say racist things.’

‘I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?’ Osbourne added. 

Allegations then emerged that Osbourne made racist remarks about co-hosts behind the scenes at The Talk, claims which she has staunchly denied.

‘Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,’ CBS said in a statement confirming her departure in March. ‘The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.’

Heated: The controversy began when Osbourne delivered a vociferous defense of her friend  Piers Morgan and his criticism of Meghan Markle

Heated: The controversy began when Osbourne delivered a vociferous defense of her friend  Piers Morgan and his criticism of Meghan Markle

‘As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace,’ the statement continued. 

On Wednesday DailyMail.com obtained newly unearthed audio recording of Welteroth apologizing to her former co-star Osbourne and reassuring her that ‘no one thinks she’s racist’ in a conversation in Sharon’s dressing room after the explosive March 10 show.

Welteroth can be heard consoling a distraught Osbourne and telling her ‘I know you’re not racist,’ moments after the British TV star’s heated on-air confrontation with Underwood. 

She also tells Osbourne that she believes the co-hosts were ‘set up’, revealing CBS showrunners initially wanted her to ask the question that sparked the entire firestorm. 

According to the source who shared the footage, the conversation was captured on Welteroth’s microphone which was still hot when she visited a distraught Osbourne in her dressing room after they finished taping.  

‘They asked me to ask that question. I said, no I’m not going to ask that question,’ Welteroth says. ‘I said to them, this is going to be a train wreck. Sharon, I’m just so sorry that that went the way that it went.’ 

Elaine Welteroth was part of the heated discussion on race during the March 10 episode that saw Osbourne publicly fall out with her co-stars and subsequently end her ten-year run on the show

New information: On Wednesday DailyMail.com obtained newly unearthed audio recording of Welteroth apologizing to her former co-star Osbourne and reassuring her that ‘no one thinks she’s racist’ in a conversation in Sharon’s dressing room after the explosive March 10 show 



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