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"It's real exciting," O'Connell said on Wednesday's episode after the announcement. "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."
O'Connell will be the first permanent male co-host on the CBS daytime talk show, joining Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba,Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welterot.
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."
After the announcement was teased on Twitter, O'Connell appeared in a pre-taped "Rocky" bit before entering the stage on Wednesday's show with bouquets for his new co-panelists.
A few days later, Osbourne claimed CBS "blindsided" her with the question about Morgan. In a statement, CBS said the internal investigation "did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts."