CBS’s daytime chat show The Talk returns to screens Monday after a month-long hiatus after Sharon Osbourne left the show amid controversy.
Osbourne’s departure came following a heated exchange between herself and co-host Sheryl Underwood during a debate that saw her stand up for her friend and fellow Briton, Piers Morgan, on charges of racism.
Monday’s show starring Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth will resume with a discussion of race and healing.
Sharon Osbourne left The Talk after defending her friend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle. She asked her black co-host, Sheryl Underwood, to explain her claim that Morgan’s criticism was racist.
In The Talk, Osbourne defended Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, which flared up as Osbourne demanded to “inform me” about how Morgan is racist.
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The advice comes too late for Osbourne who forced to quit the show following the March 10 fallout, after which the show was put on hiatus.
CBS said Osbourne decided to quit the show after a review which revealed in part that “Sharon’s behavior towards his co-hosts on the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a venue. respectful work ”.
The network said its internal investigation said the show’s co-hosts, including Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood, were not properly prepared by the show’s team for a race discussion. But he said there was no evidence found to support Osbourne’s claim CBS ordered that she be confronted with his support for Morgan.
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 former panel. From left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Underwood, Morgan, Marie Osmond and Osbourne
Morgan, who is a friend of Osbourne, left Good Morning Britain after saying he did not believe Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, when she said in an interview that she considered suicide when she was unhappy with her life in the British royal family.
During the discussion about Morgan, Underwood asked Osbourne, “What would you say to people who might think that while you stand by your friend’s side it looks like you’ve given validation or a safe haven to something he said that is racist, even if you don’t agree?
Osbourne responded angrily, using words that were heard, and said she felt like she was put on the ‘electric chair’ to have a friend that some people think is racist.
“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?” ” she said.
Underwood, who is black, pushed back and accused Osbourne of downplaying Morgan’s comments.
“Educate me, tell me when you heard him say racist things,” Osbourne said.
The Talk was cut short for a month after the heated debate on the air, but Osbourne was essentially forced to quit the show.
After a commercial break, the discussion continued with Osbourne telling Underwood at one point, “Don’t try to cry. If anyone was crying, it should be me.
Osbourne then apologized for his “panicked” defense of Morgan.
CBS said it had held workshops and trainings “on equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for hosts, producers and crew.”
“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 were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race, ”a statement said. revealed.
“During this break, we coordinate 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.
Earlier this week, Piers Morgan praised Osbourne for standing up for her right to an opinion even at the expense of her job, accusing CBS of ‘hypocrisy’ for forcing her out on The Talk.
“When it really mattered, when the chips were low for me, she was there, she was a true friend. And my God did she pay for that loyalty, ”Morgan said of Osbourne (with him above)
After the hiatus from The Talk, allegations emerged that Osbourne made racist or rude remarks about the co-hosts backstage on the show.
Former co-stars Julie Chen and Leah Rimini have publicly complained that Osbourne has previously called Chen a “wonton” and Rimini a “ghetto”.
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.
CBS extended The Talk hiatus for another week after Osbourne was accused of often calling former co-host Julie Chen a ‘wonton’ and ‘slanted eyes’
Osbourne furiously denied the allegations in an interview with DailyMail.com, calling the claims “all c ** p”.
“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 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 have 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?” 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 going out. 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 gained television fame with the 2002-2005 reality TV show The Osbournes which she produced and performed alongside her heavy metal rock star husband, Ozzy Osbourne, and two of their three children.
Sharon Osbourne, director of her husband and other musicians, has been a judge on UK talent show The X Factor and America’s Got Talent.