Jerry O’Connell officially joins “The Talk” as co-host nearly four months after Sharon Osbourne left.
O’Connell’s addition to the long-running talk show was announced on Wednesday’s episode. The 47-year-old actor walked into the studio disguised as Rocky Balboa while “Eye of the Tiger” performed in the background.
“It’s really exciting,” he said after entering. “First of all I want to say, ladies, you have been so welcoming to me, I mean I came here as a guest, months ago, and just from the time I am walked in, you’re just kind, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked.
“And here we are and we’re going to have a lot of fun, we really are. “
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O’Connell is the first male co-host to join the show alongside Sheryl Underwood, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba.
O’Connell replaced Osbourne, who left the show after falling out on the air with co-host Underwood. The two were discussing Piers Morgan’s comments regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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The argument began after Osbourne defended Morgan’s right to share his opinion on Markle.
The debate between Osbourne and Underwood ended up being investigated after Welteroth complained of “a callous and hostile racist environment” on “The Talk,” according to the Daily Mail.
However, audio obtained by the Daily Mail – and released on Wednesday – reportedly surprised co-host Welteroth assuring Osbourne that no one thought she was racist after the on-air row. Welteroth even claimed that the co-hosts were “settled” at the time.
Despite his private assurances to Osbourne, Welteroth denied that the co-hosts were put in place during an address on the show, the Daily Mail reported.
Osbourne then opened up about the controversy in an interview with Bill Maher.
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“She’s entitled to her opinion, Piers is entitled to his,” Osbourne told Maher in April. “And that’s what it is. “
“Disagreeing with someone doesn’t make you a racist in my book. “