*After a week-long guest-hosting stint that was apparently an audition, actress-comedian Aisha Tyler has been announced as an official co-host of “The Talk.”
Today will be her first salaried day at the CBS daytime show, according to Deadline.com. She joins other regulars Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood at the table. Along with Underwood, Tyler is the second new co-host tapped for the talk show following the recent departure of Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete.
For the past 2 months, “The Talk” employed a number of recurring guest hosts, including Kris Jenner and Molly Shannon, as Osbourne is taking some time off this fall.
Tyler, who became the first black actor to land a major role on NBC’s megahit “Friends,” has talk show hosting experience. She was also one of several guest hosts on CBS’ “Late Late Show” in the transitional period between Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson. Tyler also did a stint as host of E!’s “Talk Soup,” and in 2009, she shot a pilot for her own talk show with ABC. Additionally, this past summer Tyler launched the talk show podcast “Girl on Guy.”
Meanwhile, Tyler and CBS go way back. She toplined her own comedy pilot in 2005, co-starred on the network’s drama series “Ghost Whisperer” and in the 2010 comedy pilot “Open Books,” and had a recurring role on “CSI.” Additionally, Tyler, continues to do comedy tours and voices one of the leads on FX’s animated comedy “Archer.”