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Sharon Osbourne blamed ‘disgruntled ladies’ for allegations of racism that got her ousted from ‘The Talk’

Summary List PlacementSharon Osbourne in an interview with Bill Maher on Friday said she was "angry" and "upset" following her ousting from the CBS daytime talk show "The Talk" last month.  Osbourne, 68, departed the network last month after an on-air argument on March 10 with co-host Sheryl Underwood about...

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Sharon Osbourne in an interview with Bill Maher on Friday said she was “angry” and “upset” following her ousting from the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk” last month. 

Osbourne, 68, departed the network last month after an on-air argument on March 10 with co-host Sheryl Underwood about Piers Morgan’s controversial criticism of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey

As Insider previously reported, Osbourne broke down in tears during a discussion with co-host Sheryl Underwood, who is Black, about whether Morgan’s comments and attitude toward Markle were racist. Osbourne had previously sparked backlash when she defended Morgan on Twitter.

While Underwood attempted to diffuse the situation, Osbourne was seen shouting expletives as the show went to commercial break. Osbourne said she “panicked” during the exchange and in a March 12 post to Twitter said she was “blindsided” by the topic. 

After a public backlash, the show went on a hiatus before Osbourne and “The Talk” ultimately parted ways at the end of March following an internal investigation by CBS.

“I’ve been called so many things in my life, I am so used to be called things, but a racist is one I will not take,” Osbourne told Maher during the episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” that aired Friday.

“She’s entitled to her opinion, Piers is entitled to his, and that’s what it’s all about,” Osbourne added. “You’re entitled to have a disagreement, discuss it in a normal way.”

 

Morgan stormed off the set of “Good Morning Britain” on March 9 after his co-host criticized his comments about Markle on the show the day prior. Morgan permanently departed the program later that day. During the March 8 episode of the program, Morgan said he didn’t believe Markle’s claims made in the interview with Winfrey, including that she had thoughts of suicide. 

Later in March, journalist Yashar Ali reported Leah Remini, a former co-host of “The Talk” accused Osbourne of using racist language when talking about former co-host Julie Chen Moonves, who is Asian American. According to the report, Osbourne called her “wonton” and “slanty eyes.”

Multiple sources also told Ali that Osbourne called former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, a “pussy licker” and “fish eater.” 

Osbourne denied making any of the alleged comments. 

Those accusations came days after another former co-host, Holly Robinson Peete, said she was fired from the CBS show because Osbourne complained she was too “ghetto” for the program. Osbourne also denied that claim.

She said Friday that these accusations, which she repeated were false, were made by “disgruntled ladies.” 

But Osbourne and Maher on Friday chalked up the situation to cancel culture.

“I’m a fighter, I’m doing just fine,” she told Maher. “What about the people that are cut from the knees down and they can’t afford to get lessons now on what’s politically correct and how to talk to people? What happens to them?”

“It’s not fair. It isn’t about being a racist,” she continued. “It’s maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day. Because it changes from day to day, what is correct and what isn’t.”

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