Sharon Osbourne left The Talk after 10 years on the show. CBS released a statement claiming the network doesn’t condone her recent behavior.
Sharon Osbourne is leaving The Talk following accusations of racism and her comments defending Piers Morgan. The Talk is a daytime talk show that resembles The View. The all-female cast primarily discusses entertainment news, social justice issues, and lifestyle stories. Julie Chen originated the show in 2010 along with Osbourne, Sarah Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, and Leah Remini. Osbourne was the only remaining original host, along with the current cast Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Marie Osmond, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth.
Osbourne recently drummed controversy when she defended Morgan on the show. Morgan spoke out against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Morgan claimed that Markle was lying about feeling suicidal during her time with the Royal Family. Osbourne backed his claims on social media and the show. She also pushed back against accusations that Morgan was racist. She abrasively declared that her costars were trying to call her racist for defending him. Then her former costars Robinson Peete and Remini expressed that Osbourne has said racist comments, including calling Robinson Peete too “ghetto” for the show. Following the heated discussion and accusations, CBS put The Talk on hiatus to investigate the claims.
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Variety confirmed that Osbourne has officially stepped down from her position at The Talk. While she did leave on her own accord, it seems as if she would’ve been fired if she hadn’t chosen to step down herself. CBS, the network on which The Talk airs, made a statement on Osbourne’s departure. The network expressed that it does not condone the comments Osbourne made on the show. Additionally, the network refuted Osbourne’s claims that it “blindsided” her with the Piers Morgan discussion. The network also revealed that it has been working on incorporating diversity workshops and training during the hiatus.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave ‘The Talk.’ 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…During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
This comes as racism allegations surface across several major networks. In addition to Osbourne’s behavior on The Talk at CBS, The Bachelor is experiencing its own controversy. The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell had posted pictures from an Antebellum plantation party. After Bachelor host Chris Harrison defended her, he stepped away from his position, and it appears he’s at risk of losing his job after he hired a lawyer. Additionally, over at NBC in 2019, America’s Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union accused Simon Cowell and the network of enabling racist behavior on the show, and a significant investigation went underway.
Ultimately, it seems like Osbourne’s decision to part ways with The Talk is the best option for her and CBS. Osbourne didn’t have to experience the humiliation of being fired from the show. Additionally, CBS can move forward and take action to ensure that The Talk becomes a discrimination-free environment. It is not clear when the show is returning or if anyone will replace Osbourne’s spot on the show.
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