Since her exit, Osbourne has spoken out several times about feeling anger over her ousting. Speaking in an interview with Megyn Kelly posted online Tuesday, Osbourne said she felt the showrunners, Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews, had gone from longtime friends and colleagues to quickly turn on her after that episode aired.
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More than six months after Sharon Osbourne’s contentious “The Talk” exit, the TV personality dubbed her former bosses “weak, weak women” in a scathing recount of the controversy.
Osbourne left the CBS daytime talk show in March following a heated exchange with co-host Sheryl Underwood. Underwood said the event left her “traumatized” and “fearful” and the network determined it “did not align” with its “values for a respectful workplace.”See More →
“Weak, weak women, that didn’t have a backbone to turn around and say, ‘This is suicidal. We can’t do this,’ ” Osbourne told Kelly. “And to let it go after the break, so it was 20 minutes on national TV of bashing me. Twenty minutes … They just — it blindsided me.”
Durin.g the co-hosts’ discussion in March, Osbourne said she felt as though she was “about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist and that makes me a racist,” referring to Piers Morgan, her former “America’s Got Talent” co-judge, who said he didn’t “believe a word” of Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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When Underwood, who is Black, asked what Osbourne would say to people who think it’s racist to defend a person making the comments Morgan did, Osbourne said: “How could I be racist about anybody? How could I be racist about anybody or anything in my life? How can I?”
When Underwood tried to respond, Osbourne cut her off before Underwood went to commercial as Osbourne spoke over her. The tone of the conversation did not improve when they returned, with Osbourne telling Underwood not to cry. “If anyone should be crying, it should be me,” she said.
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The show went on a month-long hiatus while CBS conducted an internal review of Osbourne’s fiery remarks to Underwood. It was announced March 26 that Osbourne was leaving the show.
In the first episode after the controversy on April 12, Underwood reflected on the exchange.
“I knew I had to be an example for others to follow because I didn’t want to be perceived as the angry Black woman,” Underwood told viewers. “It is difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, a little apprehensive.”
Sheryl Underwood speaks during a Nov. 10, 2020, episode of “The Talk.”
Then-cohost Elaine Welteroth shared during that episode that she felt Piers Morgan sent a problematic message to women — specifically women of color — when he dismissed Duchess Meghan’s comments in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“I think when you deny a woman or a woman of color their truth and their experiences, you’re not just denying them, you’re denying that of every woman and woman of color who sees themselves in this person’s story,” she said.
She also praised Underwood for her “strength and willpower.”
Elaine Welteroth previously served as a co-host on “The Talk.”
Speaking in Tuesday’s interview, Osbourne said the showrunners were “friends of mine, especially Kristin Matthews.”
“And I told them that they’ve destroyed me,” she said. “I told them I will never be able to get over this. It’s like, once you have that seed put on you, that you are a racist, it never goes away. I told them they destroyed me.”
Actor Jerry O’Connell was named Osbourne’s hosting replacement over the summer to become the show’s first full-time male host. The show has seen several hosting seats turnover as of late: Welteroth exited in August and was soon after replaced by former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, who joined existing co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Amanda Kloots for the season premiere last month.
Earlier this month, the show announced that journalist Natalie Morales would also join the lineup after leaving NBC News.