Jerry O'Connell announces he is joining The Talk as the FIRST full-time male ...

Jerry O'Connell announces he is joining The Talk as the FIRST full-time male ...
Jerry O'Connell announces he is joining The Talk as the FIRST full-time male ...

Jerry O'Connell announced on Wednesday that he will be the first full-time male co-host of The Talk.

The actor, 77, wore a dark suit on the chat show as he broke the news then praised his co-stars Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.  

'It's fun, and it works, and we're going to have a lot of fun,' the husband of Rebecca Romijn said. 'It's real exciting.'

I;m in! Jerry O'Connell announced on Wednesday that he will be the first full-time male co-host of The Talk. The actor, 77, wore a dark suit on the chat show as he broke the news then praised his co-stars Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth

I;m in! Jerry O'Connell announced on Wednesday that he will be the first full-time male co-host of The Talk. The actor, 77, wore a dark suit on the chat show as he broke the news then praised his co-stars Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth

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His announcement comes soon after Sharon Osbourne exited the daytime program following claims she had made racist comments.

For the past month there has been speculation favorite guest star O'Connell would join the table. 

O'Connell also said on Wednesday: 'First of all, I want to say, you ladies have been so welcoming to me. I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you're just gracious, you're kind, you're fun, and it worked.

'And here we are. We're going to have a lot of fun, we really are,' he added.

In a statement, executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said, 'We are beyond thrilled Jerry O'Connell is our new host. We loved his infectious enthusiasm, humor, openness and insights as a guest co-host and look forward to him now bringing those dynamic qualities to the show every day. As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.' 

Osbourne, 68, left the show in March after a tense argument with co-host Underwood and subsequent accusations she'd made racist comments about her peers. 

Time to shine: 'It's fun, and it works, and we're going to have a lot of fun,' the husband of Rebecca Romijn said. 'It's real exciting'

 Time to shine: 'It's fun, and it works, and we're going to have a lot of fun,' the husband of Rebecca Romijn said. 'It's real exciting'

O'Connell is no stranger to The Talk, regularly stopping by as guest host.   

Jerry had reportedly been in talks with CBS 'on and off since at least May.'

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O'Connell will join Underwood, Kloots and Welteroth at the table while Carrie Ann Inaba continues her leave of absence from the series.

CBS is hoping Jerry's addition will help perk up the show's ratings, which

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