Sharon Osbourne Claims CBS Execs Orchestrated Conversation Accusing Her Of Being A Racist Due To Her Disapproving Of Oprah Winfrey’s Interview w/Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: I Said It Was Sh*t
TV personality Sharon Osbourne is making accusations regarding her controversial exit from The Talk.
During a promotional interview for her coming documentary, the British-American music manager claims CBS “punished” her for going against the network, leading to her departure from the show. Sharon Osbourne, 69, says that certain execs decided to intentionally “put her through the wringer” over less than satisfactory comments she made about Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell CBS interview with Prince Harry & Meghan Markle back in 2018.
Speaking on the matter, Osbourne stated:
“They were initially pissed with me because I was saying the [Oprah broadcast] was sh*t. Just to people at the studio. I didn’t feel it was genuine,”
“[Plus], I had supported Piers [in defense of his] freedom of speech because he’s a journalist.”
The mother of three went on to explain how her support of media broadcaster Piers Morgan, who received immense backlash for publicly bashing Markle following the interview, allowed her co-hosts to accuse her of being racist. She continued:
“When I supported Piers, it was like, ‘Oh god!….they were trying to make [it] an issue, but by doing it very cleverly by accusing me, because I’d supported Piers, I must be a racist because he was racist because he had attacked Meghan.”
After being a staple host of the CBS daytime series The Talk for 12 years, Osbourne turned in her resignation following an intense conversation with co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welterworth, who suggested her defense of Piers Morgan was in itself racist. Morgan stated he didn’t believe “a word that comes out of” Markle’s mouth, after she revealed, among other disturbing things, that Buckingham Palace insiders discussed the skin tone of her and Prince Harry’s then-unborn son Archie.
CBS released a statement following the blow-up episode, stating Osbourne’s combative approach in the discussion “did not align with [its] values for a respectful workplace.” Reportedly, Osbourne received a $10 million payday upon exiting, though CBS later denied the report.
Reportedly, CBS has already conducted an investigation into Osbourne’s claim that The Talk showrunners Kristin Matthews and the late Heather Gray told her that the network’s head of programming, Amy Reisenbach, ordered them to put pressure on Osbourne for betraying the network. CBS concluded that there was no evidence to support that the heated conversation with her co-hosts was orchestrated by execs.
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