Sharon Osbourne has left The Talk following a dispute over her defense of Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle, CBS confirmed in a statement Friday.
Osbourne, 68, ended more than a decade with the daytime talk show following the heated on-air debate on March 10, which resulted in a two-week production hiatus.
The controversy began when Osbourne delivered a boisterous defense of his friend Piers Morgan, who left Good Morning Britain after fiercely criticizing his insistence that he did not believe Markle’s explosive claims in his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Allegations then emerged that Osbourne made racist remarks about the behind-the-scenes co-hosts of The Talk, claims she strongly denied.
Sharon Osbourne left The Talk after a controversy that began with her on-air defense of Piers Morgan, who said he didn’t believe Meghan Markle
The controversy began with an on-air debate in which Osbourne defended his friend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle. Osbourn and Morgan are seen together above
The controversy stems from Markle’s remarks in Oprah’s interview, in which she accused the Royal Family of racism and said she was being driven to thoughts of suicide.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” CBS said in a statement confirming her departure. “The events of the March 10 show shocked everyone involved, including the viewing audience at home. “
“As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior towards her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace,” the statement continued.
“We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blinded any of the hosts,” CBS said, responding to allegations from the Osbourne camp that it was “defeated.” by being stimulated in the debate by the producers.
At the same time, we recognize that the network and studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are responsible for what happened on this show, as it was clear that the co-hosts weren’t properly. prepared by staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race, ”the statement added.
“During this week’s break, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and trainings on equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for hosts, producers and the team. Going forward, we are identifying plans to improve production staff and produce procedures to better serve hosts, production and ultimately our viewers, ”CBS said.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” CBS said in a statement confirming her departure. “The events of the March 10 show shocked everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.”
On The Talk, Osbourne defended Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, who became passionate.
Osbourne reportedly cited clauses in her contract demanding millions in severance pay if she was forced to resign, but it was not immediately clear whether CBS had agreed to pay.
The controversy stems from Markle’s remarks in Oprah’s interview, in which she accused the Royal Family of racism and said she was driven to suicidal thoughts which were dismissed by the palace.
Morgan stormed Good Morning Britain after saying he didn’t believe any of her claims and ultimately left the ITV show.
On The Talk, Osbourne defended Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, which turned into the Heat.
“Educate me, tell me when you heard him say racist things,” Osbourne said of Morgan in Underwood, who is black.
“I really feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who a lot of people think is racist, so that makes me a racist?” Osbourne added.
Osbourne apologized for his remarks, but the show was cut short when CBS launched an investigation.
Allegations then emerged that Osbourne had made racist or crass remarks about the co-hosts backstage at The Talk.
Osbourne (far right) and Underwood (second from left) had a heated exchange over Osbourne’s support for his friend Piers Morgan (third from left), who has been criticized for his comments on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Morgan posted this photo in February 2020 from last year’s show’s old panel. From left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Underwood, Morgan, Marie Osmond and Osbourne
Piers Morgan expressed disappointment after Osbourne’s apology
Former co-stars Julie Chen and Leah Rimini have publicly complained that Osbourne has previously called Chen a “wonton” and Rimini a “ghetto”.
The allegations came shortly after another former co-star, Holly Robinson Peete, also accused Osbourne of saying she was a ‘ghetto’ and allegedly fired.
A report by Yashar Ali also alleged that Osbourne called former co-host Sara Gilbert a “fish eater,” among other things; Gilbert is a lesbian.
Osbourne furiously denied the allegations in an interview with DailyMail.com, calling the claims “all c ** p”.
“In situations like this, you will always have people with whom you have had disagreements in the past, people who have axes to grind, who come out of the carpentry and come out with their BS and that’s it. . It doesn’t surprise me at all. It doesn’t surprise me, ”she said.
“Sure, that’s a bunch. People want to add fuel to the fire and that comes with the territory and that’s good, ”Osbourne said.
She added: “Being accused of racism is no joke. Now they are getting their sweet revenge. I can’t even answer them because they are children in a schoolyard.
‘Coming out with silly, childish comments – is it really like? Is that all you got?
When asked if she ever called Chen a wonton, she added, “It’s all c ** p. Everything is c ** p. I don’t want to go with her. She earns a living from outings. So it’s like go.
“It has no real basis. Claims that a Chinese woman is referred to as a wonton, it’s like – is that all you’ve got? Is it really like?
Osbourne (left) has furiously denied claims she called former co-host Julie Chen (right) a ‘wonton’ and ‘sidelong eyes’ behind the scenes of The Talk
A report also alleged that Osbourne (left) called former co-host Sara Gilbert (right) a “fish eater,” among other things; Gilbert is a lesbian
Osbourne brought in powerful lawyer Jeremiah Reynolds of the Eisner law firm to represent her in the dispute with CBS, reports Page Six.
“Sharon wasted no time in bringing her lawyers to the case immediately. Jeremiah Reynolds has a very good reputation as a trial and arbitration lawyer and handles all of his negotiations with CBS, ”said a source familiar with the internal investigation.
“The network will have to pay her a large settlement to keep her silent after this,” the source said. “She could write a book, she would make a world of interviews. She knows where all the bodies are buried.
Reynolds has a long history of rap as a corporate brawler who has represented the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Danny DeVito, and Paris Hilton.
Sharon Osbourne has reportedly demanded payment of tens of millions to quit her role as co-host on The Talk, amid allegations she made racist remarks.
A confidante had claimed that Osbourne would strictly enforce the terms of the contract if she was forced to leave the show.
The person added: “She is furious at the large number of charges against her and refuses to give in to the increasing pressure to leave. ”
“As far as she is concerned, she apologized for the on-air debate and did nothing else wrong,” the source added.
Development of the story, more to follow.