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Move Over! Ana Navarro & Jemele Hill Vying To Replace Julie Chen On 'The Talk'

Feb. 25 2019, Updated 11:40 a.m. ET

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Just eight days after Julie Chen announced her exit from The Talk, the CBS chat show is already compiling a wish list of ladies to fill her shoes.

“The network is putting the word out to agents, “ said a source. “Among the names include CNN’s Ana Navarro and former ESPN commentator Jemele Hill.”

Navarro is no stranger of going head-to-head with her fellow co-hosts on TV. As a CNN commentator and Republican strategist, who often takes jabs at President Donald Trump, she’s clashed with the gals on another network’s gabfest, ABC’s The View.

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Hill made headlines last Sept. 11, when she referred to Trump as "a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists."

The commentator then received a two-week suspension while at ESPN over anti-Jerry Jones tweets.

She reportedly left the sports network last month to pursue her involvement in politics.

As Radar previously reported, another source told Rob Shuter on the Straight Shuter! podcast that Rosie O’Donnell, who stirred up controversy as co-host on The View, could be heading to The Talk now that Chen called it quits.

And the comedian is at the top of their shortlist so far.

“Rosie is great TV — love or hate her she brings in the ratings and she gets a ton of buzz and press,” said the source.

As Radar first reported, Chen, 48, was planning to walk away from her daytime gig.

In an emotional farewell on The Talk last week, Chen addressed her co-hosts and viewers while fighting back tears: “I have been at The Talk since the day it began. Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and young son. So I have decided to leave The Talk.”

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“I want to thank everyone at the show for the wonderful years together. I will always, always cherish the memories we shared,” she continued.

“Most important, I want thank you, the viewers, for allowing me into your home every day,” she said. “It was a privilege that I will forever be grateful for. To everyone behind the scenes I send you my love. I will miss you all very, very much.”

Her exit came just days after her husband resigned from his post as head of CBS.

Chen, who’s been married to Moonves for 14 years, will always stand by him, a source told Radar last week.

“She believes it’s all part of his past and there’s nothing recent,” the source explained of the shocking claims against him.

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