During Wednesday’s episode of The Talk, Sharon Osbourne broke down in tears – after being called out by co-host Sheryl Underwood for giving “safe haven” to Piers Morgan’s allegedly racially-charged comments about Meghan Markle. Piers has been on a racist tirade berating the Duchess all over media, and he’s said that he did not believe that Markle had suicidal thoughts while in the UK.
Now CBS is reviewing her employment. “We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace,” CBS said to MTO News via a press release. “All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review.”
Piers was subsequently fired from his job on ITV – and Sharon Osbourne may be next.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” Sharon said, before asking Underwood to be precise about how Morgan has been racist.
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“I will ask you again Sheryl… and don’t try and cry because if anyone should be crying, it should be me. This is the situation, you tell me where you have heard him say racist things. Educate me,” Sharon said. Sheryl replied that it wasn’t “exact words of racism” but “the implication and the reaction to it.”
Following the broadcast, Sharon tweeted an apology about the exchange to “anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused, or let down by what I said.” She added that she was “panicked, felt blindsided [and] got defensive.”
But there’s more. Yesterday morning, Sharon faced a new racism-related controversy when Holly Robinson Peete, one of the original hosts of The Talk, slammed her former co-host on Twitter saying that Osbourne “complained that I was too ‘ghetto’” for the show and was responsible for Peete’s departure in 2011.
Piers retweeted Osbourne’s apology, demanding an apology from The Talk to him. “Sharon’s been shamed & bullied into apologising for defending me against colleagues accusing me of racism because I don’t believe Meghan Markle’s bullsh*t. This is where we’ve reached. I demand an apology from those @TheTalkCBS bullies for their disgraceful slurs against ME.”