According to Deadline, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has officially exited “The Talk.” This news comes after she was accused of racism after defending Piers Morgan’s controversial comments about Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
The following statement was issued:
“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.
At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.
During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
In the episode mentioned, co-host Sheryl Underwood got into an argument with Sharon about her decision to defend Morgan. Underwood was emotional during the conversation, but Sharon told her not to “try and cry because if anyone should be crying, it should be me.” Sharon eventually apologized, saying that she felt “panicked” and that she “got defensive and allowed [her] fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.” She also claimed that she was blindsided by Underwood and that her co-hosts “had written questions for them.”
This wasn’t the only incident either. Former “The Talk” co-host Holly Robinson Peete also said that Sharon allegedly called her too “ghetto” to be on the show and led to her departure from the program. Sharon denied those claims saying “never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was ‘too ghetto’ to be on ‘The Talk’, as well as not having her fired.”
Furthermore, Leah Remini also claimed that Sharon used other racist and homophobic language, calling Julie Chen a “wonton” and “slanty eyes” and calling Sara Gilbert a “pussy licker.” However, Sharon has since denied those accusations as well, saying she was “disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies.”