Before his entertainment career, he spent five years playing for the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins in the NFL before retiring in 2008.
The 42-year-old said in a statement: ‘It is an absolute honor to be joining The Talk as a host!
‘I am so excited for this new generation of such a long-standing establishment. To be a part of this diverse group, is truly a dream and a new statement for The Talk.’
He continued: ‘In a world as divided as ours, I look forward to showing up as my fun and authentic self everyday and advocating for conversation over confrontation.’
Executive producer and showrunner Heather Gray added: ‘It’s a new day in daytime for season 12 of The Talk and we are thrilled to welcome Akbar to the family. His engaging personality, openness and quick wit really impressed us when he appeared as a guest co-host last season.’
Her co-showrunner and EP Kristin Matthews also stated: ‘Akbar’s candor and humor come with ease and are great additions to the conversation. Also, his relatability as a husband and father creates a special connection with the viewers that is invaluable.’
This week saw Elaine Welteroth choose to leave the program as a full-time panelist so she could turn her attention to ‘upcoming creative projects’.
Sharon Osbourne also left The Talk in March following a heated on-air row with Sheryl Underwood.
She was defending Piers Morgan from allegations of racism after he said he did not believe what the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey in their bombshell interview.
Season 12 of The Talk premieres on September 13 on CBS in the US.
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