Rosie O’ Donnell could be Julie Chen’s replacement on “The Talk,” with sources saying she is the top pick from a long list of potential candidates to co-host the CBS show, The Daily Mail reported Monday.
The news comes on the heels of Chen’s exit from “The Talk” after her husband, former CBS chief exec Leslie Moonves, left the company amid multiple sexual assault allegations, CBS News reported.
Chen announced her departure in an emotional video posted to Twitter earlier this month.
“I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for almost 14 years,” Chen said. “Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader. He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband.”
Since then, the network has been searching for a suitable replacement and sources said O'Donnell could be it.
“She has a proven track record, from her own show to her time on ‘The View,’ and despite being polarizing she brings in viewers,” one source told DailyMail.com.
Other names that have been floated include Ann Curry, Carnie Wilson and Lisa Ling; however, a second source noted O'Donnell was capable of filling Chen’s role as moderator.
“Rosie can be a bit intense when it comes to politics, but she is incredibly good at connecting with an audience, and would be an ideal fit,” the source said.
“The Talk” is also reportedly eyeing Carrie Ann Inaba and a third source told the DailyMail.com that Kris Jenner and Mayim Bialik had been brought up in conversation.
There is no set timeline yet, and sources said the show could wait until November to make a final call.
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