After nearly 11 years in hosting, Sharon Osborne leaves The Talk.
And it’s all because of Meghan Markle.
Or, to be more precise, all because of the inappropriate approach taken by Sharon Osborne reaction to me interaction To interview Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey.
If you remember, on March 10, Osborne defended Pierce Morgan after he smashed Morgan Markle, questioning the validity of Markle’s argument about Mental Health during her interview with Oprah.
At the time, co-host Sherrill Underwood asked Osborne:
“ What would you say to people who might feel that while standing next to your boyfriend, it looks like you gave endorsement or safe haven to something he said was racist?
“Even if you disagree.”
Sharon was offended by the interrogation line, as he said on air:
“I feel so bad I’m about to put on the electric chair because I have a boyfriend that a lot of people think is racist, and that makes me racist?”
But Underwood followed suit by telling Osborne that she was downplaying the racial overtones of Morgan’s remarks.
After this hot exchange aired, it claimed to happen Osborne often used racist slurs and homophobia Against the participating committee members.
Now, she has been forced out of the program.
CBS said late on Friday that Sharon had “decided” to leave The Talk, explaining in a lengthy statement:
The events of the March 10 broadcast were disturbing to everyone involved, including the audience who was watching at home.
“As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode is inconsistent with our values in a respectful workplace.
“Nor did we find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or surprised any of the hosts.”
CBS also said that the network and the presenters of The Talk “are responsible for what happened during that broadcast because it was clear that the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion of race.”
In the wake of the scandal, CBS said it is now focusing on “coordinating workshops, hearings, and training on equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for hosts, producers and crew.”
The statement confirming Osborne’s non-return concluded:
“From now on, we are making plans to strengthen the production team and production procedures to better serve our hosts, the productions, and ultimately our viewers.”
The Talk has been on hiatus for most of March and is now scheduled to return with new episodes on April 12th.
But without Osborne.
After her controversial comments a few weeks ago, Osborne thanked her supporters for their “prayers” and issued an apology.
“I have always had a lot of love and support from the black community, and I have a deep respect and love for the black community,” she wrote on Twitter.
“To anyone I offended and / or anyone feeling confused or frustrated by what I said, I’m really sorry. I panicked, was shocked, pushed into the defense, and let the fear and horror of my accusation of racism during.
“There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism, so I feel connected to that that made me feel so fast.
“I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us will continue to learn, listen and do better.”
Osborne added that this did not “condone racism, misogyny or bullying,” but rather supported Morgan’s freedom of speech.
“Now I see how I did not inadvertently make this clear distinction,” she said.
“I hope that collectively we can continue to learn from each other and from ourselves so that we can all continue to pave the way for much-needed growth and change.
“I hope we can all take responsibility, compassion and love for each other during this powerful time to pave the way for the much-needed change.”