Is Jerry O'Connell a permanent host on the talk?
Actor Jerry O'Connell is joining CBS' daytime panel talk show The Talk as its newest permanent co-host. Co-host Sheryl Underwood shared the news live at the top of Wednesday's broadcast: Underwood: Here he is. The newest member of The Talk, Jerry O'Connell! TVNewserJerry O'Connell Replaces Sharon Osbourne as Permanent Co-Host of The Talk
14 July, 2021 - 02:52pm
Jerry O'Connell has joined 'The Talk' as the new permanent co-host following Sharon Osbourne's exit in March.
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CBS' "The Talk" returned after a month-long hiatus following controversial statements made by Sharon Osbourne, who later departed the show. USA TODAY
"It's real exciting," O'Connell said in the episode. "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."
O'Connell is best known for his roles as Quinn Mallory in the TV series "Sliders," Andrew Clements in "My Secret Identity" and Derek in "Scream 2." He currently voices Commander Jack Ransom in the animated TV series "Star Trek: Lower Decks."
In a statement, executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said O'Connell, as the show's first fulltime male host, will "bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation. 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."
During the exchange, Osbourne said she felt as though she was "about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist and that makes me a racist," referring to Piers Morgan, her former "America's Got Talent" co-judge, who said he didn't "believe a word" of Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Morgan quit his co-hosting job with "Good Morning Britain" after his comments sparked viewer complaints and an investigation.
"The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. 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," CBS said in a statement at the time.
In her first TV interview following her departure from the show, Osbourne told Bill Maher she was "angry" and "hurt."
Osbourne and Maher shared a conversation rich in personal grievance and hand-wringing about "cancel culture" but little in the way of accountability and soul-searching.
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14 July, 2021 - 02:38pm
July 14, 2021 | 3:38pm
Elaine Welteroth purportedly consoled Sharon Osbourne after the explosive “The Talk” episode that led Osbourne to quit over racism allegations, newly leaked audio shows.
In the recording, which the Daily Mail published Wednesday, Welteroth can be heard telling a sobbing Osbourne that she knows the “Osbournes” alum is “not racist” following a March 10 on-air spat with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
“Sharon, I’m just so sorry that that went the way that it went,” Welteroth says on a hot mic in Osbourne’s dressing room.
Welteroth, 34, is heard explaining that she knew Osbourne, 68, was going to address her friend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle on the CBS show but didn’t realize it was going to go south.
“Whatever you say, you just look guilty, and now everybody’s going to have that little seed of doubt,” Osbourne says in the clip. “‘Oh, you know she’s a bit racist.'”
“It’s so f–ked up,” Welteroth responds. “It’s so f–ked up.”
Welteroth then goes on to explain that Underwood, 57, “loves and respects” Osbourne despite their heated TV exchange.
“I just want you to know, Sharon, Sheryl loves you and respects you so much and had your back behind the scenes,” Welteroth insists. “She was not trying to attack you. I also understand when you had a night long of trolls f–king attacking you online, you feel like you have to defend yourself.”
Welteroth continues to console Osbourne in the unearthed audio and reassures her that “no one” would ever think she was racist.
“I know you’re upset. It was terrible. I just hope you know when that once this blows over that you know that Sheryl is your friend. She really is your friend,” she says. “She doesn’t think you’re racist. I don’t think you’re racist. No one who knows you would ever say that or think that.”
Osbourne then asks why Underwood couldn’t definitively express that on the show.
“Why couldn’t she say … ‘I know you’re not racist,'” Osbourne wonders. “Not ‘I don’t think you are.’ There’s a huge difference.”
Elsewhere in the clip, the former “America’s Got Talent” judge suggests that CBS had “set me up,” saying, “They don’t care that I will now have to go around and [have] people think I’m racist. They don’t give a s–t. They just want ratings. That’s all.”
Welteroth seems to agree with Osbourne, calling the scenario “inhumane.”
Osbourne exited “The Talk” at the end of March with a payout of up to $10 million after allegations of racist behavior. Her departure came two weeks after she got into the argument with Underwood over Osbourne’s defense of Morgan, who was forced off his own show in England for attacking Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Reps for “The Talk,” Osbourne and Welteroth didn’t immediately return Page Six’s requests for comment.
14 July, 2021 - 01:47pm
The actor and TV personality, who has frequently guest-hosted the CBS chat show in recent months, was named a permanent cohost on Wednesday's episode. He's essentially filling the seat vacated by Sharon Osbourne earlier this year, and in doing so he becomes the program's first full-time male cohost.
O'Connell was introduced with a Rocky-esque training montage set to "Eye of the Tiger," which you can watch below.
Executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said in a statement, "We are beyond thrilled Jerry O'Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness, and insights as a guest cohost 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."
Carrie Ann Inaba also took a leave of absence from the show due to medical reasons in April.
O'Connell is no stranger to talk TV. In addition to previous appearances on The Talk, he has cohosted The Wendy Williams Show, Live With Kelly and Ryan, Today, and The View. He also tested the waters with an eponymous talk show, Jerry O, in 2019.
In recent years, O'Connell has also spent some time on CBS prime time, playing George Cooper, the older brother of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, on The Big Bang Theory. He also had a recurring role on Billions, which hails from CBS sister network Showtime.
14 July, 2021 - 01:25pm
Already a recurring guest on the CBS daytime show, O’Connell is officially being upgraded to permanent co-host, he announced during Wednesday’s broadcast.
“It’s fun, and it works, and we’re going to have a lot of fun,” O’Connell told viewers upon his arrival. Watch the big moment below:
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) July 14, 2021
O’Connell, who is now the show’s first full-time male co-host, joins current panelists Amanda Kloots, Elaine Welteroth and Sheryl Underwood. Carrie Ann Inaba has been on a leave of absence since April.
In addition to guest-hosting major talk shows like The Wendy Williams Show and Live With Kelly and Ryan, O’Connell has a lengthy TV acting resume. Currently voicing Commander Jack Ransom on Star Trek: Lower Decks, O’Connell has previously held down roles on shows like Billions and Crossing Jordan.
The Talk has seen its fair share of high-profile departures since it premiered in 2010. Previous co-hosts include Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Aisha Tyler, Eve and Marie Osmond. And some of those departures have come with their fair share of behind-the-scenes (and occasionally on-screen) drama. Osbourne, for example, was fired earlier this year following a network investigation into her contentious on-air racism debate with Underwood.
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Jerry O'Connell Officially Joining The Talk Following Sharon Osbourne's Exit: 'It's Really Exciting'
14 July, 2021 - 01:14pm
The news was announced at the top of Wednesday's episode, with O'Connell entering the studio to "Eye of the Tiger" dressed up as Rocky Balboa from the Rocky movie series.
"It's really exciting," he told his new co-hosts after the cinematic entrance. "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 and we're gonna have a lot of fun, we really are."
According to The Wrap, which was first to report the news, O'Connell, 47, has been in negotiations with CBS since at least May. A representative for the network previously had no comment when reached by PEOPLE.
The actor has frequently appeared as a guest host on The Talk over the years — serving in that role all week. He will be the daytime show's first full-time male co-host, joining current hosts Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth. Their fourth panelist, Carrie Ann Inaba, is currently on a leave of absence from the series as she navigates various health issues.
"Jerry, I told you that the last time you were here, I just love having you on set every day. You bring such an amazing energy to this studio, and also like I learn from you every day," Welteroth, 34, said on the show Wednesday. "You're an incredible host and and we are so lucky to have you here."
"You guys are amazing," O'Connell replied. "There's also a lot of people behind the cameras here, who really helped out a lot — our whole crew, everybody, the producers. It's a really special feeling around here."
"And you add to that!" Underwood said. "You make everybody smile, you know names, you say good morning to everybody ... We talk, we laugh, we joke."
"But I'm gonna tell you something — it's really a twofer, we get you and we get Rebecca," she continued, referencing O'Connell's wife Rebecca Romjin, with whom he celebrated 14 years of marriage on Wednesday.
Later in the show, a montage introducing O'Connell to The Talk viewers played, which the actor said was "very touching."
"It's an exciting time, it's something new," he said of his co-host role. "I don't want to say it's scary but it's new, so it's a change. And change is good, you have to do things that scare you, that shake it up a little bit and this is definitely shaking it up, but that was very touching guys thank you so much."
"I'm excited to part of the family," O'Connell said at the close of the episode, before Underwood shared that he will be taking the next few weeks off for another project before returning in his permanent co-hosting spot for season 12.
CBS announced Osbourne's departure from the talk show on March 26. Her exit came after the series extended its hiatus for a second time, PEOPLE confirmed, as the network continued to look into Osbourne's behavior on the March 10 episode.
During the broadcast, Osbourne, 68, defended friend Piers Morgan following the backlash for his controversial remarks questioning the validity of Meghan Markle's revelations about her mental health during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Her defense led to an intense exchange with Underwood, 57, who pushed back on Osbourne's downplaying of Morgan's comments.
In a statement about Osbourne's exit from the show, CBS said that her behavior "did not align with our values."
"Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk," the statement read. "The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. 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."
"We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts," the statement continued. "At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race."
Since the on-air dispute with Underwood, Osbourne has been accused of additional instances of racism, homophobia and bullying on the set of The Talk, all of which she has denied.
On March 16, journalist Yashar Ali published a report (disputed by Osbourne) alleging that Osbourne used racial slurs while referring to her former The Talk co-host Julie Chen, citing multiple unnamed sources and another former co-host, Leah Remini.
Ali's report also claimed Osbourne referred to former co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is lesbian, as "p---- licker" and "fish eater."
Holly Robinson Peete, who exited the daytime talk show in 2011 following its first season, has also claimed that Osbourne complained she was "too 'ghetto,'" which she alleged played a role in her departure. Osbourne has denied ever calling Peete "too ghetto" or having a role in her exit from the show.
14 July, 2021 - 01:06pm
UPDATE, with video announcement CBS’ daytime show The Talk announced that frequent guest host Jerry O’Connell is joining the show as a permanent co-host.
“It’s fun, and it works, and we’re going to have a lot of fun,” the actor said on today’s episode as the announcement was made. Watch the announcement below.
O’Connell will appear on the show for the remainder of the week before taking a break until the end of the month to fulfill a previous film commitment. He’ll join full-time for Season 12.
His hiring follows the show’s firing in March of original cohost Sharon Osbourne after her controversial comments on race and her defense of friend Piers Morgan.
“It’s real exciting,” he said. “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.”
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.”
Entering the stage following a pre-taped bit in which the actor was training at a boxing gym to the tune “Eye of the Tiger,” O’Connell – the first male to serve as a permanent co-host on the previously all-female program modeled on ABC’s The View – joked that he was happy to join the line-up after a shutdown year spent in his underwear.
The announcement was teased on Twitter earlier today, with the series promising “Big News!” on today’s show. O’Connell joins co-hosts Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth on the hour-long show’s panel. (Osbourne was fired from the show in March after her on-air argument with Underwood and her defense of Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle.)
Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, no tie and Converse high-top sneakers, O’Connell thanked the show for a video clip of his previous appearances on the show (he’s been a frequent guest host for a couple months). “That was so touching,” he said. “I feel like it was a retirement video.”
“We have all loved getting to know you the last couple of months,” said Kloots.
O’Connell found fame at age 11 in the hit film Stand By Me, and later starred in Sliders, Jerry Maguire and Crossing Jordan, among many other credits.
The announcement fell on O’Connell’s 14th wedding anniversary with wife Rebecca Romijn. The actor, who later taste-tested the mac-and-cheese ice cream that’s become a viral hit, good-naturedly promised viewers (and his wife) that he’d work on being less fidgety on screen.
“I’m excited to be a part of the family,” O’Connell said at the end of the episode.
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) July 14, 2021
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