The popular American talk show, ‘The Talk’ is back on-air after its production remained suspended for over a month following the heated argument between co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.
After an investigation into the matter by the commercial broadcast television and radio network CBS, it was announced that long-time host Osbourne will be taking her departure from the show.
This dramatic turn of events followed after the episode of March 10th, where both the hosts engaged in a verbal spat over Piers Morgan’s racist comments against Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.
Sheryl Underwood Reacts To Sharon’s Departure
After the long CBS probe into the matters during the break when the show was on pause, on March 26th it was announced that Sharon Osbourne will be quitting the premises.
Addressing Sharon’s departure, Underwood stated that the entire situation was out of her control. She said that she was aware of the sensitivity of the issue and that as a black woman herself, she had felt the need to stand as an example for others.
On Monday, April 12th, as ‘The Talk’ resumed its journey, Underwood addressed the viewers on a serious note. Acknowledging the drama of March 10th, she also announced Sharon’s decision to leave. Underwood continued to say that it is important for everyone to process what happened in order to get to the healing of the trauma.
Underwood, who is the longest-running co-host, promised to strike a conversation about what occurred along with co-hosts Carrie Ann Inaba, Elaine Welteroth, and Amanda Kloots. She also opened up about dealing with the ‘trauma’ after the public fallout but noted that she was also eager to get back to work as soon as possible.
Osbourne’s Rejection of Accusations
After the drama that went down on ‘The Talk’ on March 10th, Sharon Osbourne had faced serious allegations of being a ‘racist’ and ‘bigot.’ While Osbourne rejected these terms being associated with her, she did send multiple texts of apology to Underwood, to pacify the situation.
As they discussed the exclusive interview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with Oprah Winfrey and the massive allegations that were made during the course of two-hour, the hosts of ‘The Talk’ also talked about Good Morning Britain‘s host, Piers Morgan’s inflammatory comments about the Duchess of Sussex which is when all hell broke loose.
Following the Oprah Winfrey interview, Morgan had deemed Meghan’s claims to be useless rants and whining. Coming to defend Morgan’s views as freedom of speech, Osbourne invited strong accusations of being a racist towards herself, from her co-hosts as well as the viewers.
Despite the apologies, CBS concluded that Osbourne’s behaviour towards her co-hosts on the set did not uphold the show’s beliefs and values, following which it was decided that Sharon was bound to leave her position on ‘The Talk.’
Defending Morgan’s Comments, A Mistake To Remember?
Defending Piers Morgan’s spiteful comments about Meghan Markle against co-host Sheryl Underwood, who is also a woman of colour was not the wisest move to make on-air, as thousands of viewers watched on.
After Morgan had walked off the GMB episode, followed by his decision to leave his position, Osbourne had tweeted in support of her British friend, confirming she stands with him as he speaks the truth. It seemed that Morgan and Osbourne failed to understand the sensitivity of the discourse around racism in a period of time when America continues to face an active escalation of anti-Asian and black hatred.
By supporting Morgan, Osbourne also indirectly agreed to Morgan’s comments where he called Meghan Markle’s suicidal tendencies fake. As Morgan continued to bash the duchess in different segments, over 40,000 viewers of the Good Morning Britain show lodged complaints against the host, as a result of which he quit the show.
Osbourne’s husband, Ozzy Osbourne also came to her defence as he posted his opinions on social media with the hashtag #TeamSharon.
Following the feud, former hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete also accused Osbourne of passing racist slurs previously on the show. As the majority of people supported the Duchess and her claims against senior members of the royal family, both the journalists’ Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne faced the same fate.