Sharon Osbourne is out at The Talk after the reality TV star defended British TV personality Piers Morgan over his criticism of Meghan Markle and amid accusations of making racist comments about her former colleagues.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” a statement by CBS read, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. 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.”
Earlier this month, Osbourne, 68, tweeted a defense of Morgan and said on TV that she didn’t think he was being racist in his criticism of Markle, the first woman of color to become a member of the British royal family, over her saying in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she contemplated suicide while serving as a working royal and Buckingham Palace had “concerns” about the color of her son’s skin before his birth. Also facing controversy, Morgan parted ways with Good Morning Britain.
“Educate me, tell me when you have heard him say racist things. I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?” Osbourne said, addressing her colleague Sheryl Underwood, who is black.
Osbourne apologized on Twitter, but the show suspended production on March 15 and announced an internal investigation.
Osbourne’s colleagues came forward with more accusations against her, claiming she made disparaging remarks toward an Asian American colleague and homophobic remarks about the creator of The Talk.
The Talk is scheduled to return from its hiatus on April 12.