Elaine Welteroth exits ‘The Talk’ after less than a year on the chat show

A woman with curly brown hair and glasses in a yellow patterned shirt smiles.
Journalist Elaine Welteroth has announced her departure from “The Talk.”
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Just eight days after Carrie Ann Inaba announced her departure from CBS’ “The Talk,” another one bites the dust.

Journalist Elaine Welteroth said her goodbyes Tuesday to the daytime chat show after less than a year as a panelist. The bestselling author of “More Than Enough” joined “The Talk” in January alongside Amanda Kloots, fitness instructor and recent widow of Broadway star Nick Cordero.

“If you told Oprah-obsessed, 9-year-old me that she’d one day get the golden opportunity to be on daytime TV, she never would’ve believed you,” Welteroth wrote on Instagram.


“It is an absolute honor for anyone, but especially a young Black woman, to occupy this space on-air where our perspectives are largely underrepresented. And tbh, if you told 33-year-old me ALL it would take to show up as her authentic self in front of a live national audience every day in a world as divided as ours, she probably would’ve been shook lol.”

Former ‘Talk’ cohost Sharon Osbourne and current ‘Talk’ cohost Amanda Kloots both reacted over the weekend to Carrie Ann Inaba’s impending departure.

Aug. 23, 2021

Welteroth’s exit comes hot on the heels of Inaba’s, which followed an extended break taken by the longtime “Dancing With the Stars” judge to focus on her health.

During her brief stint on the program, Welteroth made her mark with fabulous style, spontaneous dance breaks and poignant commentary on police corruption, systemic racism and other timely topics.

“I’m so glad I didn’t shy away from this divine assignment to learn, to grow, to laugh, to cry, to make new friends, to learn a ton, and most importantly, to stay true to myself and what I stand for every single day — even when it was uncomfortable,” the former Teen Vogue editor in chief continued.

“I joined [‘The Talk’] because I was excited to break out of my own echo chamber and join a diverse cast in helping to bridge some of the divides in our world through conversation and empathy. While that work will never stop, as I always say: when the music changes, so must your dance!”

‘The Talk’ producers and CBS ‘have no ethics,’ Sharon Osbourne says in a recording made March 10. In it, Elaine Welteroth says she also felt ‘set up.’

July 15, 2021

In the comments section of Welteroth’s farewell post, Kloots praised her colleague as a “shining star” with whom it was an “honor” to co-host the show. Still standing on “The Talk” panel are Kloots, Sheryl Underwood and newcomer Jerry O’Connell, who replaced Sharon Osbourne after her messy firing.


Up next, Welteroth will reprise her role as a panelist on Season 19 of the long-running fashion competition series “Project Runway,” premiering Oct. 14 on Bravo.