- Elaine Welteroth said her private conversation with Sharon Osbourne was recorded “without consent.”
- Audio footage of Welteroth apparently consoling her “The Talk” cohost was leaked to the DailyMail.
- But Welteroth said in a recent statement that the conversation was recorded without her knowledge.
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Elaine Welteroth said that her tearful backstage conversation with “The Talk” cohost Sharon Osbourne was recorded without her “consent or knowledge.”
The DailyMail recently reported that Welteroth consoled Osbourne after her tense on-air exchange with Sheryl Underwood and fellow “The Talk” hosts about Osbourne’s friend Piers Morgan.
According to the Daily Mail, they obtained leaked, behind-the-scenes audio footage of Welteroth telling Osbourne that she’s “not racist” and apologizing for the way the on-air conversation went.
But Welteroth said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight on Thursday that the footage was recorded without her consent.
“I learned that my private comments made moments after the incident from a place of compassion to a then-colleague (the most senior level co-host on The Talk) were recorded – without my consent or knowledge – and shared with the media,” Welteroth’s statement read.
Welteroth said that while she’d previously “refrained” from weighing in on the backlash Osbourne received for expressing her support for Morgan, she felt it was important to speak out now.
“I reluctantly wade into this now simply to ensure that, as a Black woman, I am not silenced or side-lined,” Welteroth said in her statement.
She concluded her statement by reiterating that it wasn’t a “hot mic” that recorded her conversation with Osbourne (as the Daily Mail reported), but that she was “unlawfully recorded without consent.”
“I am disheartened… that my kindness has been taken out of context and weaponized in an attempt to absolve responsibility for someone else’s actions,” Welteroth said.
Representatives for Welteroth and Osbourne didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
The tension on “The Talk” reached a breaking point earlier this year after Osbourne defended Morgan during a March episode of the show.
Osbourne tweeted that she stood with Morgan after he stormed off the set of “Good Morning Britain,” and Underwood asked her to expand on that position on “The Talk.” Underwood explained that many saw Osbourne’s defense of Morgan as giving “validation and a safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist.”
Osbourne replied: “I don’t know what he’s uttered that’s racist. I’m not trying to slide out of this one. Tell me, what has he uttered that’s racist?”