34-year-old journalist and author Elaine Welteroth is leaving CBS’s ‘The Talk.’ Welteroth becomes the second co-host to exit ‘The Talk’ in as many weeks, following the Aug. 20 announcement that Carrie Ann Inaba would be departing the show after having taken an extended leave of absence. ‘The Talk’ now has three co-hosts at the moment: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and the recently hired Jerry O’Connell.

Said Welteroth: “It is an absolute honor for anyone, but especially a young Black woman, to occupy space on-air where our perspectives are largely underrepresented. It was gratifying to be able to show up as my authentic self in front of a live national audience every day in a world as divided as ours and to stay true to myself and what I stand for. I came to The Talk to break out of my own echo chamber and to join a diverse cast in helping to bridge some of the divides in our world through conversation and empathy. I’m proud of how I represented myself and my community. But as I always say: When the music changes, so must your dance! I will miss my talented co-hosts and crew and I wish them the very best. Thanks to all those who tuned in every day. I’m excited to continue these necessary conversations in my work and to share my upcoming creative projects soon.”

The show’s executive producers said in a statement: “We wish Elaine all the best. We are grateful for her passion, enthusiasm, and insight she brought to the show daily. Her openness and meaningful conversations were attributes we admired and always appreciated.”

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