Piers Morgan demands apology from ‘The Talk’ after Sharon Osbourne shares statement clarifying racism stance

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Sharon Osbourne defended Piers Morgan, but apologized for her comments on ‘The Talk.’ Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BAFTA LA
  • Sharon Osbourne apologized for her comments on “The Talk” in which she defended Piers Morgan.
  • Morgan has now reacted to her apology, tweeting that she was “bullied and shamed” into it.
  • In turn, Morgan demanded an apology of his own from “The Talk.”
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Piers Morgan said that Sharon Osbourne was “shamed and bullied” into apologizing for defending him in her recent appearance on “The Talk,” and has himself demanded an apology from the show for what presenters said about him.

Osbourne tweeted a lengthy statement apologizing to anyone of color who she may have “offended” or “let down” following her appearance on “The Talk” in which she broke down in tears defending her friendship with Morgan.

Morgan tweeted his own response to Osbourne’s apology, writing: “Sharon’s been shamed & bullied into apologising for defending me against colleagues accusing me of racism because I don’t believe Meghan Markle’s bulls–t.”

Morgan then demanded an apology from “The Talk,” who he called bullies, for their “disgraceful slurs” against him.

Osbourne’s lengthy apology read: “I have always been embraced with so much love and support from the black community and I have deep respect and love for the black community. To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.”

She continued: “I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over. There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast!”

Osbourne said that she does not condone racism, misogyny, or bullying, and stated that she hopes everyone can “hold each other up” during this time.

During her appearance on “The Talk” in which they discussed Morgan’s reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah, Osbourne cried and asked co-host Sheryl Underwood to tell her when Morgan has ever said anything racist.

Underwood said that while Morgan may not have said anything explicitly racist, it was “the implication and the reaction” to the interview with Winfrey that upset many.

Morgan’s reactions to Markle and the explosive interview have widely been condemned.

During the interview, Markle said that after joining the Royal family, she felt like she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and even sought help for her mental health from a Royal family member, who dismissed her. Morgan has stated several times that he does not believe Markle’s comments, particularly those around her mental health, and in his tweet condemning Osbourne’s apology, he called her claims “bulls–t.”

Celebrities have criticized Morgan for his reaction, with Chelsea Handler calling him an “a–hole” and Jameela Jamil saying that she herself almost committed suicide after Morgan’s “relentless campaign of lies and hatred” against her.