THE Talk viewers are demanding Jenna Dewan be hired as a permanent host after her stint on the show this week.
The Step Up actress, 40, was a hit with fans as well as producers, with a source exclusively telling The Sun they think she would "upgrade" the CBS daytime series if she joined the panel full-time.
Jenna appeared as a guest host on the chat show on Wednesday and impressed fans and staff alike.
"Looking forward to watching! Love Jenna!" one viewer enthused, while another added: "Great show today! Loved Jenna Dewan with the ladies."
A third begged: "Please have Jenna Dewan as a guest co-host again really soon!!"
Meanwhile, sources told The Sun that producers think Jenna – whose ex-husband is Channing Tatum – will bring a high-profile edge to The Talk.
"Jenna is a stunner and beautifully spoken and has 6million Instagram followers so she would be an upgrade for the show," an insider said.
Bosses were also impressed with how Jenna tackled Demi Lovato's celebration of 420 despite her previous battle with drugs.
"Jenna didn't get a chance to shine until later in the show speaking about Demi Lovato's use of marijuana in her sobriety," a source said.
The Disney alum, 28, was slammed for "triggering" addicts by smoking weed in photos she posted this week.
Demi has previously spoken about how she practices consuming weed and alcohol in moderation while being a recovering addict.
“A one-size-fits-all solution does not work for everybody,” she said in her Dancing With The Devil documentary.
“What I’m encouraging people to do is just make choices for themselves. Autonomy, for me, is what changed my life.”
Reflecting on the controversy, Jenna said: "It's tricky for me because Demi has obviously been very open about her struggles, she is seen as an inspiration to a lot of different people."
"I like to be supportive of people doing them, that is you, that is your life. But in this situation, I feel like it could be dangerous because there are a lot of young kids, I personally have friends that are sober and it's a lot of work."
Jenna – who welcomed son Callum earlier this year – went on: "It is psychological work, it is going to the meetings. Something like this could be seen as detrimental to someone who can't hold that weight of California sober.
"While I understand that's her way, I almost wish that wasn't something she posted or something seen as in that way because I don't know if everyone can handle that California sober."
Jenna's successful stint comes amid uncertainty for the future of The Talk's cast following Sharon Osbourne's departure after her blowout fight with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Insiders told The Sun earlier this week that bosses are worried Carrie Ann Inaba might also leave the show.
The Dancing with the Stars judge has been out since April 13, as she battles multiple autoimmune conditions.
The source claimed: “Odds are Carrie Ann will not make it through this season. She has not said she is leaving yet, but that's how staff members feel. Everyone thinks Carrie Ann will leave the show.
“She has to put her health first and her autoimmune conditions are triggered by stress.”
Fans believe Carrie Ann’s absence could be a sign she’s done with the CBS show.
One viewer wrote on The Talk’s Facebook page: “Judging by Carrie Ann's absence after only one day this week, it looks like she is done with this train wreck of a show.”
A second commented: “Where's Carrie Ann? Please tell me she didn't leave! I feel like this show is dangerously close to folding. It's a shame!”
Last month, Sharon, 68, addressed her decision to stand by her longtime friend Piers Morgan's criticism of Meghan Markle, resulting in an on-air fight with co-host Sheryl.
Sharon told her co-hosts on the show: “Why is it that because I supported a longtime friend and work colleague for years, people go ‘well you must be racist because he’s racist.’
“No. I support his freedom of speech. I’m not racist and neither is Piers racist. What have I ever said about anybody that’s racist? It’s not within me. It’s not in my soul.”
Sheryl, 57, claimed Piers showed “racial implications with the way he spoke about Meghan” the last time he appeared on their talk show.
Sheryl explained: “It’s not the exact words of racism it’s the implication and the reaction to it. To not want to address that because she is a Black woman and to try to dismiss it, that’s what makes it racist.
“But right now I’m talking to a woman that is my friend and I don’t want anybody here to watch this and say we’re attacking you for being racist.”
An emotional Sharon then rolled her eyes before saying: “I think it’s too late. I think that seed’s already sown.”
The show took a month-long hiatus to conduct an internal review and CBS later announced that Sharon had quit the show.
Source: Read Full Article