CBS Cans Controversial Sharon Osbourne, Last Original ‘Talk’ Co-Host
CBS sent original “The Talk” host Sharon Osbourne packing after a scathing on-air confrontation with a co-host and an ongoing controversy over her past racial remarks about colleagues.
"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," CBS said in a statement released to CNN. "We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts."
The March 10th episode of “The Talk” turned explosive when co-host Sheryl Understood questioned Osbourne's support for her friend, Piers Morgan. The former "Good Morning Britain” left his ITV show following allegations that negative comments he made were rooted in racism. Morgan had gone on an extended rant regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey.
While “The Talk” co-host Underwood remained calm, Osbourne became increasingly loud, aggressive, and visibly upset. She doubled down on defending Morgan, insisting that Underwood give specific instances of his past racist acts.
After the show, Osbourne tweeted an apology, saying she "panicked," "felt blindsided" and then "got defensive" during her conversation with Underwood. Ultimately she blamed CBS for “setting her up.”
CBS, however, conducted its own investigation after another former co-host, Leah Remini, went on-record with with journalist Yashar Ali and accused Osbourne of using racist and homophobic language in the past when speaking about her colleagues.
Osbourne was the only remaining original cast member of "The Talk.”