The target date for The Talk’s return is at least a week away amid CBS’s ongoing investigation into the alleged racist behavior of host Sharon Osbourne.
The CBS talk show initially took a two-day hiatus amid the scandal last Sunday, which was then extended to run for the entire week.
Osbourne has denied the allegations of racist behavior, although she said she believed she would lose her job.
The allegations came after she defended her friend Piers Morgan, who came under fire after questioning the veracity of Meghan Markle’s claims in her interview with Oprah.
The Talk is not coming back yet, with its hiatus expected to last another week amid a CBS probe
Sharon Osbourne (right) pictured with her former co-host Julie Chen in 2015
During an episode of The Talk that aired a week and a half ago, Osbourne came to friend Morgan’s defense regarding her criticism of Markle, which led her to say, “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?
This led to a dust with co-host Sheryl Underwood, who was taken aback by the fierceness of Osbourne’s defense.
Since that moment, a number of allegations about Osbourne’s behavior have clouded his future with the series.
One of the charges CBS is investigating is whether or not Osbourne called former co-host Julie Chen a “wonton,” an allegation Osbourne calls “shit.”
“Everyone has an opinion or a story like that of wonton,” Osbourne told DailyMail.com earlier this week. “It’s like you screwed up with your f ** king wonton story.” F ** k off! ‘
The Talk was scheduled to return to the airwaves on March 22, presumably with all of the regular hosts in their place.
PEOPLE reports, however, that the show will remain on hiatus for the next week or so.
Now the show is set to return on March 29, although that is uncertain after the second break is extended.
Osbourne fought back again last week, telling DailyMail.com: “Sure, that’s a stack. People want to add fuel to the fire and that comes with the territory and that’s great.
Osbourne believes allegations against her will end her time with The Talk
Piers Morgan, a friend of Osbourne, was part of the firestorm that enveloped the host last week
Osbourne defended Morgan’s comments on Meghan Markle, much to the chagrin of his co-host
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 has also been accused of calling former co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete a “ghetto”.
“In situations like this you’re always going to have people that you’ve had disagreements with in the past, people who have axes to grind, who come out of the carpentry and come out with their BS and that’s all. It doesn’t surprise me at all. It doesn’t surprise me, ”said Osbourne.
“Being accused of racism is no joke. Now they have their sweet revenge. I can’t even answer them because they are children in a schoolyard.
Osbourne believes she will likely lose her job at The Talk as a result of the investigation.
“I kind of think they’re going to use me as a sacrificial lamb and fire me.” Its good. Its good. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure it will.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do. It’s a big ugly mess. But I didn’t start it. I haven’t started it. It’s up to the show’s producers.
Earlier this week, representatives for The Talk released a statement regarding the show.
“CBS is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace in all of its productions. We are also keenly aware of the significant concerns expressed and ongoing discussions regarding events on The Talk. This includes a process where all voices are heard, complaints are investigated and appropriate action taken if necessary.