- Sharon Osbourne will no longer be a host of CBS’ daytime show “The Talk.”
- The news comes after the show went on hiatus due to complaints of a “racially insensitive and hostile” set.
- CBS told Variety its investigation concluded that Obsourne’s “behavior” did not align with its values.
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Sharon Osbourne has left the daytime CBS show “The Talk,” according to Variety and confirmed by Insider with CBS.
Earlier this month, CBS launched an internal investigation after Elaine Welteroth (another co-host on “The Talk”) and her hairstylist filed complaints about the alleged “racially insensitive and hostile environment” of the show’s set. This came right after Osbourne and fellow host Sheryl Underwood had a heated exchange on air about racism and the way TV personality Piers Morgan had been disparaging Meghan Markle.
Osbourne shared a statement on Twitter, in which she said she “panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive, and allowed [her] fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over” during the exchange with Underwood.
CBS full statement on Osbourne’s departure from “The Talk,” provided to Insider by a representative:
Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave” The Talk.”
The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience 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 respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.
At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.
During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.
The March 10 broadcast (which included the exchange between Osbourne and Underwood,” set off a series of new reports and resurfaced claims about Osbourne’s treatment of her co-hosts. Holly Robinson Peete, yet another former co-host of “The Talk,” tweeted and said Osbourne complained she “was too ‘ghetto'” for the CBS show.
Then multiple sources, including another former co-host Leah Remini, told journalist Yashar Ali that Osbourne “would frequently refer to then-co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese American, as ‘wonton’ and ‘slanty eyes.'”
You can read Insider’s full breakdown of these behavioral allegations, and the statement given by Osbourne’s representative in reponse, here.