Sharon Osborne has some harsh words for CBS in a docuseries about being fired from the ‘The Talk’
Sharon Osbourne laid into her former employer CBS in her recently released docuseries about being fired from the ‘The Talk’ last year due to cancel culture.
TV personality Sharon Osbourne’s four-part Fox Nation docuseries debuted on Monday. The first episode of ‘Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back’ is dedicated to how she found herself “in the crosshairs of the cancel culture movement” after an onscreen clash with then ‘The Talk’ co-host Sheryl Underwood.
The heated exchange, that took up nearly half the show, came about when her co-host accused her on-air of unconscious racism for staunchly defending incendiary comments by her friend Piers Morgan. The day before he had accused Meghan Markle of fabricating allegations of racism from within the British royal family during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Sharon Osbourne says she was ambushed
In the run-up to the premiere of the TV personality’s return to US TV, Osbourne appeared on Fox & Friends Weekends. There she was asked by co-host Pete Hegseth if she felt that the discussion of Morgan was an “ambush,” to which she responded, “Of course it was.” The star of the docuseries continued, “I was this lamb that was slaughtered that morning.”
“I didn’t want that to be the end of my career, and I thought it was unfair,” she said. “I’ve worked in this industry for 50 years, actually, 55.”
She continues to defend that Morgan’s comments about Markle had nothing to do with race but came from extensive knowledge of the duchess. “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,’” Osbourne said. “He knew Meghan for a long time, so he’s talking from experience.”
Osbourne only has “her truth” after credibility was destroyed
After the on-air fireworks, Elaine Welteroth, a fellow co-host at the time who is no longer with the show, and her hairstylist filed complaints which alleged a “racially insensitive and hostile environment” on the set. That led to the network putting the show on ice while an internal investigation could be conducted.
While it was ongoing, former co-host on Season 1 of ‘The Talk’, Leah Remini, made claims that Osbourne had used derogatory language toward two other former co-hosts, Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, and Chen, who is of Chinese descent.
When the internal investigation was completed, it determined that Osbourne’s behavior “did not align with [CBS’s] values for a respectful workplace.” The TV personality told Yahoo! Entertainment that she lost all credibility after that. The incident still brings out strong emotions from her including one finger salute during said interview.
“Let’s be truthful about this: They destroyed my credibility in America,” she said. Now all she has according to her “is her truth.”