CBS has announced Akbar Gbajabiamila as a new permanent co-host for season 12 of “The Talk.”

The former NFL star, who is currently the host of NBC’s “America Ninja Warrior” and “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” will take a seat at the table alongside Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Jerry O’Connell. 

Akbar took to social media to share his excitement about joining “The Talk.” 

In a post on his Instagram page, he wrote: 

Praise God for this exciting news. It is an absolute honor to be joining @thetalkcbs as a host! I am so excited for this new generation of such a hallmark establishment in daytime television. To be a part of this diverse group, is truly a dream and a new statement for ‘The Talk.’ 

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. My prayer is that I will add value to the consciousness of our viewers and make this world a better place.

See his original post below. 

The new season of “The Talk” premieres on Monday, September 13. 

Congratulations to Akbar Gbajabiamila. I’m sure he’s going to be a great addition to the show. 

Source: Deadline