Sharon Osborne Divorces from CBS “The Talk” after stopping the show to investigate Osbourne Controversial exchange With co-host Sherrill Underwood.
In a statement to USA Today, the network said on Friday that Sharon Osborne had decided to leave The Talk. “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 did not align with our values for a respectable workplace.”
During the exchange, Osborne said she felt like she was “about to be put on the electric chair because I have a girlfriend that many people think is racist and that makes me racist,” referring to Pierce Morgan Former “America’s Got Talent” co-judge who said he doesn’t “believe a single word” Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry interview with Oprah Winfrey.
USA TODAY contacted Osborne for comment.
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When I asked Underwood what she would say to people who felt it was racism defending Morgan’s comments, Osborne replied: “For me, at 68 years old I have to turn and say, ‘I’m not a racist’ – what should I do with me? Anyone? How can I be racist towards anyone or anything in my life? How can I be? ‘
Underwood sent the show to a commercial as Osborne continued to speak loudly on her. On his return, Osborne again urged Underwood to “educate me,” adding, “Don’t try to cry because if anyone should cry, it must be me.”
The next day TwitterOsborne apologized to “anyone of color you have offended and / or anyone who is confused or frustrated by what I have said.” The “talk” paused as CBS conducted an internal review of the heated debate.
The network extended the talk show hiatus days later with some former Osborne hosts, including Holly Robinson Pete And Leah Rimini Osborne was accused of racist behavior. Osborne claimed On March 16th it was prepared and sent as the “sacrificial lamb” to Morgan’s defense.
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On Friday, CBS announced that it “found no evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or mistook any of the hosts.”
“At the same time, we acknowledge that the network and studio teams, as well as the organizers of the show, are responsible for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear that the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion and the statement continued.”
CBS said the show was “coordinating workshops, hearings, and trainings on equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for hosts, producers and crew” outside the broadcast. Al Hadith will return on March 29th.
“From now on, we define plans to strengthen productive personnel and produce procedures to better serve our hosts, production, and ultimately our viewers,” the statement concluded.
Osborne has worked as a coordinator on “The Talk” since 2010.
Contributing: Hannah Yarouf, Elise Brisco, Charles Trippani
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