After dropping two co-hosts in late August, CBS’ daytime present The Discuss has stuffed one of many vacancies.
Akbar Gbajabiamila will be part of the present full-time when The Discuss’s twelfth season begins on Sept. 13. The American Ninja Warrior host and former NFL participant was a visitor host on the present a number of instances over the summer time.
He turns into the second everlasting male co-host of the present, becoming a member of one other current addition, Jerry O’Connell. They’ll be part of Sheryl Underwood and Amanda Kloots on the desk in season 12.
“It’s an absolute honor to be becoming a member of The Discuss as a number,” stated Gbajabiamila. “I’m so excited for this new era of such a long-standing institution. To be part of this various group is really a dream and a brand new assertion for The Discuss. In a world as divided as ours, I look ahead to exhibiting up as my enjoyable and genuine self daily and advocating for dialog over confrontation.”
Gbajabiamila comes aboard the present following the departures of Carrie Ann Inaba and Elaine Welteroth in August. The present has skilled a heavy turnover amongst its hosts up to now yr: Underwood is the only real remaining member of the panel from the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Kloots joined The Discuss in January (concurrently Welteroth), and O’Connell was employed in July.
The Discuss‘s final remaining unique co-host, Sharon Osbourne, was let go in March after a tense trade with Underwood over Osbourne’s on-air protection of her buddy Piers Morgan — who had known as Meghan Markle a liar and worse after Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey.
At one level within the March 10 episode Osbourne requested Underwood, who’s Black, to “educate” her about racism. The present then went on hiatus for a number of weeks amid allegations from earlier co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete that Osbourne had made racist feedback off air.
Along with American Ninja Warrior and its Junior spinoff, Gbajabiamila has hosted and carried out commentary for exhibits on NFL Community and CBS Sports activities Community.
“It’s a brand new day in daytime for season 12 of The Discuss, and we’re thrilled to welcome Akbar to the household. His partaking persona, openness and fast wit actually impressed us when he appeared as a visitor co-host final season,” stated government producer and showrunner Heather Grey.
Added fellow EP and showrunner Kristin Matthews, “Akbar’s candor and humor include ease and are nice additions to the dialog. Additionally, his relatability as a husband and father creates a particular reference to the viewers that’s invaluable.”