updated 03/30/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/31/2011 AT 9:55 AM ET
Talk about a surprise engagement.
But there was more: Inaba’s boyfriend of about two years, Jesse Sloan, showed up – bearing a diamond sparkler and a wedding proposal.
The timing couldn’t have been better. At the top of the show, Inaba had told Regis Philbin and the audience that the stories about her being engaged simply weren’t true, though she had mentioned in an interview that she was anticipating a summer wedding.