‘The Talk’ Hiatus Extended After More Accusations Against Sharon Osbourne Come Out
The last episode of The Talk got very emotional between co-hosts. This happened after Sharon Osbourne defended Piers Morgan, who was called out for his reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s interview. Now the show is on hiatus and it’s been extended.
Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood had a heated discussion
Morgan accused Markle of lying about her mental health struggle on Good Morning Britain. He then walked away from set when his co-host, Alex Beresford, confronted him about it. Morgan then decided to quit.
Osbourne showed support for Morgan on Twitter by tweeting “. @piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth,” on March 9. This was then discussed on The Talk and things got heated.
Osbourne claimed she didn’t agree or disagree with Morgan. But she wanted to show him support as a friend. Sheryl Underwood then asked, “What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears that you give validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?”
Osbourne started crying and shouting. She told Underwood to educate her on when Morgan has said racist things. “It is not the exact words of racism, it’s the implication and the reaction to it,” Underwood answered. “To not want to address that because she is a Black woman, and to try to dismiss it or to make it seem less than what it is, that’s what makes it racist.”
Underwood clarified she wasn’t attacking Osbourne for being racist. But Osbourne threw back that she thinks it’s too late.
Why ‘The Talk’ went on hiatus
CBS later announced The Talk would be going on a brief hiatus after the episode and would be re-airing older episodes. The network also released a statement, according to CNN saying, ”We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review.”
Osbourne later tweeted an apology for her actions. “After some reflection, after sitting with your comments & sitting with my heart I would like to address the discussion on The Talk this past Wednesday. I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the Black community & I have deep respect & love for the Black community,” read part of the statement.
The hiatus was extended after more accusations come out
There was a new report released on March 16 claiming Osbourne referred to former co-hosts in offensive ways. Yashar Ali reported multiple sources including Leah Remini claimed Osbourne referred to former co-hosts, Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert, with offensive nicknames pointing out Chen’s race and Gilbert’s sexuality.
Osbourne’s publicist, Howard Bragman responded to the accusation in the report:
The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host. For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment. She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down. She thanks her family, friends and fans for standing by her and knowing her true nature.Howard Bragman, Yashar Substack
It was later announced the show will go on an extended hiatus. A CBS spokesperson gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace across all of our productions. We’re also very mindful of the important concerns expressed and discussions taking place regarding events on The Talk. This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary. The show will extend its production hiatus until next Tuesday as we continue to review these issues.CBS spokesperson, The Hollywood Reporter
This means the new extension will last until March 23.