Sharon Osbourne says her ‘The Talk’ ousting was Set up be CBS
The media resurgence of Sharon Osbourne is a response to her departure from CBS’ The Talk last year.
Sharon Osbourne’s four-part Fox Nation series Sharon Osbourne: To Hell and Back premieres Monday. It reportedly highlights how she found herself “in the crosshairs of the cancel culture movement” after a dust-up with The Talk cohost Sheryl Underwood over Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle.
In a Fox & Friends clip, Osbourne criticizes CBS’ treatment of her dismissal. “CBS denied responsibility,” she claims.
Osbourne said “cancel culture” has empowered people to “destroy my life because of the way I feel.”
She is been in the industry for 55 years. “I didn’t want that to be the end of my career, and I thought it was unfair.” She defended Morgan, saying, “I’m not racist. He’s not racist, but because he said something about somebody who is mixed race… I said, ‘That’s nothing to do with that.’ He knew Meghan for a long time, so he’s talking from experience.”
Multiple crew members accused Osbourne of toxic and racist behavior throughout her tenure on the show, including calling former cohost Julie Chen “wonton” and “slanty eyes” and lesbian Sara Gilbert a “p—-y licker.”
Osbourne refuted the claims. “The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,” the rep said. “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 U.K. 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.”
CBS fired Osbourne in March 2021 after an investigation. “The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home,” the network added. “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.”