Sharon Osbourne exits talk show amid racism row

Saturday, March 27

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Sharon Osbourne has quit US chat show “The Talk” Friday, two weeks after rocking the daytime chat show by getting into a testy argument over racial issues with co-host Sheryl Underwood and shocking allegations of racist name-calling.

“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave ‘The Talk,’” a release from CBS read. “The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. 

As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. 

We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.

“‘The Talk’ will return with original episodes on Monday, April 12, 2021, following the pre-scheduled hiatus the week of April 5th.”

The departure comes after the network announced on March 12 that the talk show would suspend filming while it conducted an investigation into allegations the atmosphere was “racially insensitive.”

During the show’s March 10 episode, Osbourne, 68, spoke about being branded a racist for supporting Piers Morgan, who left his own morning show in Britain after furiously blasting Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“I feel like I’m about to be put in an electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist,” Osbourne said. She then challenged the other hosts to tell her “what he’s uttered that’s racist.”

Sheryl Underwood responded that “the implication” of Morgan dismissing Markle was racist, rather than the words themselves.

“Why can’t it be that he just doesn’t like her? Why does it have to be racist?” Osbourne said.

Before leaving the show, Sharon Osbourne gave an interview to Entertainment Tonight about the controversy surrounding a heated discussion about racism on The Talk.

Osbourne, married to heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, first came into public prominence after starring in “The Osbournes,” a reality show on MTV that followed her, Ozzy and two of their children, Kelly and Jack.

She then went on to a talent-show judge on shows like “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.” Osbourne has been on “The Talk” since it debuted in 2010.

Source: Newsday and Agencies