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“The Talk” named two new co-hosts on Tuesday, after Page Six exclusively revealed that producers and network execs have been “panicking” over ratings.
Celebrity trainer Amanda Kloots — who lost her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, to COVID-19 earlier this year — and journalist Elaine Welteroth are joining the upcoming 11th season when it premieres on Jan. 4, 2021, the show announced.
They’ll join returning hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Carrie Ann Inaba, and will replace Marie Osmond, who left after just one season, and Eve, whose three-season run is coming to an end in December.
Sources recently told Page Six that show bigwigs were “panicking” after “The Talk’s” ratings dropped to 1.5 million, half of talk show “The View’s” audience of 3 million.
A CBS insider added that the show’s recent lineup of rotating hosts, which included both Kloots and Welteroth, wasn’t helping to deliver in terms of ratings.
“Nothing is working,” the insider said. “We are now the lowest-rated network program and we can’t get any traction. To lose more than half a million viewers in a year is catastrophic for a daytime show. Unless we can hire Gayle King, Oprah or Meghan Markle, the writing is on the wall.”
That said, a different insider insisted at the time, “Show producers and execs are not panicked and the show is not in jeopardy of getting canceled.”
As Page Six previously reported, Osmond was ousted from her gig after just one season when longtime co-hosts Osbourne and Underwood threatened to quit if she didn’t leave.
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