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“Dancing with the Stars” Carrie Ann Inaba Replacing Julie Chen on ”The Talk”

Variety confirms “Dancing with the Stars” judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, will be stepping up to replace Chen as a full time co-host on CBS’ “The Talk.”

The vacant seat was left by Chen, who stepped down in September after eight seasons after her husband and former CBS CEO Leslie “Les” Moonves was ousted from the company due to a sexual misconduct scandal. 

In her farewell message, Chen gave encouraging words to Inaba, saying, “You’d look awfully good sitting in that chair, my Asian sister.”

Inaba joins the show’s regular co-hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve and Sara Gilbert. In addition to her work on DWTS, Inaba is a choreographer who has experience filling in as a co-host on “The View,” “Live with Kelly” and lAccess Hollywood Live.”

Don’t worry— it doesn’t look like Inaba is leaving DWTS anytime soon because she’s signed on to keep her job there too. Makes sense considering she’s been a judge since the show premiered in 2005. 

Inaba was one of the original Fly Girls on Fox’s “In Living Color.” She also has worked as a choreographer on “So You Think You Dance” and “American Idol.”

Chen remains the host of the CBS reality series, “Big Brother.”

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