CBS is still promoting The Talk using a clip of Sharon Osbourne defending Meghan Markle against the ‘racist’ royal family – after sacking the TV host when she sided with Piers Morgan in a row of racism on the next day.
The network has been accused of “hypocrisy” by industry insiders – and a source close to Osbourne says CBS “is exploiting the ratings controversy.”
The row began when Piers Morgan left the UK talk show This Morning on March 9 after saying he did not believe Meghan’s account of the allegations of bullying and racist treatment by the Royal Family in an interview bombshell with Oprah Winfrey.
The next day, Osbourne, 69, took a stand on The Talk, saying that while she disagreed with Piers, she supported her right to make the controversial comments on television.
“I supported my friend with his free speech and his opinions on how he felt about the Meghan and Harry interview,” she said.
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Sharon Osbourne lambasted the Royal Family and the Queen, describing their alleged treatment of Meghan Markle as ‘absolute racism at its peak’ in an episode of The Talk (pictured) which aired two days before her on-air racism row
The four-minute clip remains on The Talk’s YouTube page, with ads attached, although CBS fired Osbourne after defending critics of Piers Morgan, Markle.
“Did I like everything he said, do I agree with what he said?” No. Because it’s his opinion, it’s not my opinion.
In the following days, anonymous allegations were published by a blogger accusing Osbourne of calling his Chinese-American co-host Julie Chen “Wonton” and “Slanty Eyes” – Osbourne claims vehemently denied.
Two weeks later, CBS fired her from the show.
But although she gave Osbourne a helping hand, the channel still uses clips of her to promote the series.
In a four-minute section of the show that aired on March 8, the day before Piers’ controversial comments, Osbourne lambasted the Royal Family and the Queen, describing their alleged mistreatment of Meghan Markle as “outright racism in its prime” .
She also called Prince Andrew for failing to withdraw his military medals for allegations of child sex offenses due to his friendship with infamous billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In a March 10 episode of The Talk (above), Osbourne defended Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, who suggested he was racist for saying he did not believe Markle’s account of the allegations of bullying and racist treatment by the royal. family
CBS said the Osbourne air brawl on March 10 “did not align with our values for a respectful workplace,” however, the episode remains available for viewing online with commercials attached.
Underwood and Osbourne are pictured at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2014. Osbourne took a stand on The Talk, saying that while she disagreed with Piers, she supported her right to make the controversial comments at the television.
The clip was posted on The Talk’s official YouTube channel to promote the chat show, garnering over 222,000 views.
And while CBS has said the Osbourne air brawl on March 10 “doesn’t align with our values for a respectful workplace,” the episode remains available online – with commercials attached.
A source close to Osbourne told DailyMail.com that the continued promotion was “comparable to that of CBS, exploiting the controversy for ratings without understanding how to handle it from a content perspective.”
A Los Angeles television insider who works as a consultant for CBS says Sharon is unhappy with what is “essentially double standards.”
“There is clearly something wrong here,” the source said. “Wait a minute, CBS says Sharon’s comments don’t align with their values, but then they’re keeping the entire show online in its entirety for views.
And these shows also have ad segments built around them, so they make money from those views.
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
“The business arm of CBS does not seem to align itself with the moral stance it takes publicly given its statement on Sharon. It is clear why she would feel wronged here.
The source added: “It is interesting that the day before the show Sharon vehemently defended Meghan and strongly criticized the Royals for their racism, is also being used to commercial value.
“Leaving that clip up there seems like a kick in the teeth. CBS has neglected its measured support for Meghan in the past.
In his March 8 criticism of the Queen, Osbourne said the royal family had been “deplorable”.
“How can you be the head of an empire, and when a person of color enters the royal family, they have no salary, you are not a member of the royal family, your child will not be a prince, because he may have a different colored skin? she said.
“Now it’s deplorable – it’s absolute racism at its peak. ”
DailyMail.com has reached out to CBS for comment.