It came after her friend Piers Morgan left Good Morning Britain after saying he didn’t believe Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had considered taking her own life when she was unhappy with her life in the royal family.
Osbourne, 68, had clashed with her co-hosts on The Talk as she defended Morgan – with CBS concluding that her behavior “did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.”
Presenter Underwood, who is black, had asked Osbourne on the March 10 show, “What would you say to people who might think that while you are by your friend’s side it looks like you have given a validation or safe haven to something that he said was racist, even if you don’t agree? ”
Osbourne responded angrily and used several words that were beeped, adding, “I even feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend that a lot of people think they are racist, which makes me a racist. ”
She then said to Underwood, “Don’t try to cry, because if anyone’s gonna cry, it should be me.” ”
Osbourne challenged the comedian and actress to reveal when she heard Morgan say racist things.
Although she later said she was “very sorry” if she had offended his comments, The Talk was cut short while CBS investigated the show.
In a statement, the network said: “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk.
“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. ”
CBS added that “it was clear that the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.”
The Talk is scheduled to return on April 12 – and in the meantime, the show’s hosts, producers and crew are set to host “workshops, listening sessions and trainings on equity, inclusion and cultural awareness ”.