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‘The Talk’ replacing Sharon with Jerry O’Connell

Well slap my ass and color me surprised.  Jerry O’Connell has been crowned the newest chatterbox to join ‘The Talk’.

The daytime talk show has always been staffed with female hosts, although a few guys have guest-hosted.

Jerry was on today’s episode and broke the news.

“It’s fun, and it works, and we’re going to have a lot of fun,” he said.

He joins panelists Amanda Kloots, Elaine Welteroth, Sheryl Underwood and Carrie Ann Inaba.

“You ladies have been so welcoming to me,” he told them Wednesday. “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.”

Executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews, meanwhile, said in a statement that they are “beyond thrilled” to have O’Connell on the show.

“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,” the EPs added. “As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation.”