THE Talk’s Carrie Ann Inaba said she is "not following the expectations of others” in a cryptic post, as she feuds with her co-star Sheryl Underwood.
The Sun previously reported Carrie Ann, 53, “can’t stand” Sheryl, 57, as staff believes the star is “ready to quit” the CBS talk show.
Carrie Ann hasn’t appeared on The Talk since the April 12 episode, as she has blamed her various autoimmune conditions for her absence.
The Dancing With the Stars judge has posted inspiring quotes on healing as she battles her conditions.
But on Saturday, Carrie Ann seemed to hint at her feud with Sheryl.
The quote posted to her Instagram story read: “Simplify your loves and explore all the routes that take you there. That’s what’s going to make for an awesome story.
“Don’t bind yourself by the expectations of others; it’s not their story to write.”
Carrie Ann has allegedly been “stressed” after Sharon Osbourne left The Talk following her blowout fight with co-host Sheryl Underwood, as fans are speculating she will also leave the CBS show.
The Sun previously reported Carrie Ann also has tension with her co-host Sheryl.
The source claimed: “Carrie Ann and Sheryl do not like each other. They have faked it on air, but Sheryl has a hot and cold energy, and made Carrie Ann's job very difficult.”
With Sharon’s departure and Carrie Ann out sick, Sheryl has stepped into a leader role on the show.
The source added: “Now that Sheryl has seized power of the show, the thought of being there makes her physically sick.
“She is a smart businesswoman and believes that her role is being diminished right in front of her eyes.”
But a separate source told The Sun: “The hosts on the show get along well. Carrie Ann’s current and past absence only had to do with her autoimmune conditions.”
The Sun previously reported executives are eyeing actress and dancer Jenna Dewan to replace Carrie Ann if she leaves.
The source previously 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.”
The source continued the show is looking for “guest hosts to audition as potential replacements for Carrie Ann.”
The source said of Channing Tatum’s ex-wife: “Jenna Dewan is one name of interest. Since they are paying out Sharon's contract, they do not have the budget right now to replace either host with a huge name like her.”
Jenna, 40, has appeared on The Talk in the past, including on Wednesday’s episode.
The source continued: “The staff adores Carrie Ann and will hate to see her go, but they understand she needs to do what is right for her health and career.
“It feels like the show’s days are numbered.”
Fans also 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!”
A third said: “She may be planning to leave. She should. This show is dead.”
A fourth wrote: “Carrie Ann is setting up her escape.”
On the March 10 episode, 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.
The show took a month-long hiatus to conduct an internal review.
CBS then announced Sharon had quit the show in March.
On the April 12 return episode, Socio-cultural analyst Dr. Donald E Grant then joined the women.
Sheryl commented that she really wanted to move past the "PTSD" that she suffered from that day.
A source told The Sun following her departure that Sharon “remains livid” and “lost trust in the network.”
Sharon was “utterly bewildered by the way" CBS bosses made it "look like she was racist,” the source said.
Viewers have vowed to boycott the show since Sharon's departure, as they believe her freedom of speech was shut down.
The show currently stars Carrie Ann, Sheryl, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.
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