In the recording, which the Daily Mail released on Wednesday, Welteroth can be heard sobbing to Osbourne that she knows the “Osbournes” alum is “not racist” following an argument at on air on March 10 with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
“Sharon, I’m so sorry it turned out like this,” Welteroth said over a hot mic in Osbourne’s dressing room.
Welteroth, 34, was heard to explain that she knew Osbourne, 68, was going to respond to her friend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle on the CBS show, but didn’t know it was going to go to South.
“Whatever you say, you just look guilty, and now everyone’s going to have that little bit of doubt,” Osbourne says in the clip. “’Oh, you know she’s a little racist.’ “
“This is so fucked up,” Welteroth replies. “It’s so fucked up. “
Welteroth goes on to explain that Underwood, 57, “loves and respects” Osbourne despite their heated television exchange.
“I just want you to know, Sharon, that Sheryl loves and respects you so much and supports you behind the scenes,” Welteroth insists. “She wasn’t trying to attack you. I also understand that when you’ve had a night of f-king trolls attacking you online, you feel like you have to stand up for yourself.
Welteroth continues to console Osbourne in the unearthed audio and reassures her that “no one” will ever think of her as a racist.
“I know you’re upset. It was terrible. I just hope you know when this is over, that you know Sheryl is your friend. She really is your friend, ”she said. “She doesn’t think you are racist. I don’t think you are racist. No one who knows you wouldn’t say or think that.
Osbourne then asks why Underwood couldn’t express this definitively on the show.
“Why couldn’t she say…” I know you’re not a racist, “Osbourne wonders. “Not ‘I don’t think you are.’ There is a huge difference.
Elsewhere in the clip, the former “America’s Got Talent” judge suggests that CBS had “faked” me, saying, “They don’t care that I have to. [have] people think I am a racist. They don’t give like – t. They just want notes. That’s all. “
Welteroth seems to agree with Osbourne, calling the scenario “inhuman”.
Osbourne left “The Talk” at the end of March with a payment of up to $ 10 million after allegations of racist behavior. Her departure came two weeks after she argued with Underwood over Osbourne’s defense of Morgan, who was forced to quit her own show in England for attacking Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Representatives for “The Talk,” Osbourne and Welteroth did not immediately return Page Six’s requests for comment.