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Eve joins ‘The Talk’

Shonda McClain | 11/15/2017, 7:29 a.m.
Rapper-actress Eve has joined the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk.” Eve, whose full name is Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper, is ...
Eve made her official debut on the CBS talk show "The Talk" on Tuesday. - Photo/CBS

Rapper-actress Eve has joined the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk.” Eve, whose full name is Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper, is replacing comedian-actress Aisha Tyler, who left the show at the end of last season to focus on her movie and television career. Eve made it official on Tuesday when she appeared on the CBS talker with her new co-hosts Julie Chen, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne.

According to Deadline, when Eve was first approached to co-host, she was not sure if it would be a good fit, but after her guest-hosting gig in October, she was sold.

“Once I did the first test week and I met all the ladies, I felt the energy — not only from them but everyone I met on the set, and it was great,” she told Deadline. “It was one of those exciting moments in life where I thought it would be a good challenge for me. If it feels right, then it must be right.”

“The women were thrilled when they heard Eve would be joining the show and can’t wait to start talking and engaging her in the conversation,” CBS exec Angelica McDaniel, told Variety. “Eve is a natural fit with our dynamic group of Daytime Emmy Award-winning hosts, and brings a fresh perspective and bold point of view as an accomplished artist, businesswoman, and wife who is raising four stepchildren and looking to add to her family.”

Eve, who currently resides full-time in London with her husband, businessman Maximillion Cooper, is originally from Philadelphia, where she made a name for herself as a lyricist and was eventually signed to Ruff Ryders Records alongside rappers DMX, the LOX and Swizz Beatz. She released a string of hits, including her chart-topping debut album, “Let There Be Eve … Ruff Ryders’ First Lady” and “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” the 2002 Grammy-winning collaboration with Gwen Stefani. She also worked with artists like Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jill Scott and Dr. Dre.

In 2003, Eve’s self-titled sitcom debuted on UPN and ran for three seasons. That same year, she launched her urban clothing line, Fetish. Eve also appeared on film in the “Barbershop” franchise and “xXx.”

The multi-talented star, who recently reunited with her Ruff Ryders label mates during a 20th anniversary tour, said she is looking forward to the challenges of daytime television.

“It is a new career move for me,” Eve told Variety. “I am interested in hosting, and specifically on this show, because I feel as though I can express myself in a way people haven’t seen me before, and be able to engage in great discussions [and] have some fun. I’m just in a place in my life where I was looking for a platform to express myself.”

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