Sharon Osbourne quits ‘The Talk’ after row over racism
Sharon Osbourne left US talk show The Talk following a widely publicized debate on racism earlier this month.
The 68-year-old clashed with co-host Sheryl Underwood when Osbourne defended UK channel Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle following her groundbreaking interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In the interview, Markle spoke candidly about his mental health issues during his time with the Royal Family – which Morgan said he “doesn’t believe a word”.
Watch Morgan make his controversial comments below:
Morgan’s comments about refusing to believe the Duchess of Sussex led him to quit his job as co-host of Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologize.
Underwood said Osbourne’s support for Morgan only served to “validate” “racist” views, BBC News reports.
In a tweet to Morgan, Osbourne said: “@piersmorgan I’m with you. I’m with you. People forget that you are being paid for your opinion and that you are just telling your truth.”
Underwood addressed the tweet with Osbourne on the March 10 episode of The Talk, in which she said, “I feel like I’m about to be placed in an electric chair because I have a friend that many many people think racist, so that makes me a racist. “
Osbourne then challenged Underwood to explain where she had heard Morgan “say racist things”.
“It’s not the exact words for racism, it’s involvement and reaction,” Underwood replied.
CBS then released the show while it conducted an investigation.
Apologizing after the episode, Osbourne said she had “felt blind” and let “the fear and horror of being accused of being racist take hold.”
However, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Osbourne described herself as a “sacrificial lamb”, claiming that she was not sufficiently prepared by the producers of The Talk.
“I wish we could go on and have a calm adult conversation and make it happen, but I’m not sure if we can,” she added.
However, in a statement released Friday, March 26, CBS said the contents of the March 10 epsiode “disturbed everyone involved, including the watching public at home.”
Speak New York Times, CBS also announced that “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave” The Talk “,” adding that “the presenter’s behavior towards his co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace . “
The CBS review found no evidence to validate Osbourne’s claims that the controversial discussion was “orchestrated” by the producers – but the network acknowledged that studio crews and producers were “responsible for it. that happened on this show “because” it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race. “