The hiatus in production of Sharon Osbourne’s U.S. show The Talk has been extended as the TV channel’s bosses continue to investigate a heated exchange during one of last week’s episodes (ends March 12, 21).
Live broadcasts on Monday and Tuesday (March 14-15, 21) were cut this weekend to allow CBS chiefs to address the on-air feud between Osbourne and his co-hosts following comments from the former reality TV star in defense of fellow Briton Piers Morgan, who quit his UK morning show amid a dispute over the allegations made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex against the Royal Family during a explosive TV conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
Now The Talk will go dark for the rest of this week with new shows slated for Tuesday.
“CBS is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace in all of its productions,” read a CBS statement. “We are also keenly aware of the significant concerns expressed and ongoing discussions regarding events on The Talk. This includes a process where all voices are heard, complaints are investigated and appropriate action taken if necessary.
“The show will extend its production hiatus until next Tuesday as we continue to examine these issues.”
During last Wednesday’s episode of The Talk, Osbourne grew emotional and combative during a discussion of his public support for Morgan.
Co-host Sheryl Underwood said: “As you stand by your friend’s side, it seems like you are giving validation or safe haven to something he said that is racist.”
Outraged, Sharon replied, “I feel like I’m about to be placed in an electric chair because I have a friend who a lot of people think is racist, which makes me a racist.”
After the show aired, Osbourne tweeted an apology to “anyone of color I have offended and / or anyone who feels confused or disappointed with what I said,” adding that she is felt “panicked, blinded (and) defensive.”
Meanwhile, Osbourne faces yet another scandal over race and gender insensitive comments she allegedly made in the past after former The Talk co-host Leah Remini told the New York City. Post that she would have heard the Briton call another former panelist, Julie Chen, eyes “and the lesbian sidekick and producer Sara Gilbert” p ** sy licker “and” fish eater “.
Osbourne publicist Howard Bragman told the publication in a statement: “The only thing worse than a disgruntled ex-employee is a disgruntled ex-talk show host.
“For 11 years, Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly to her hosts, as evidenced by their planning of parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other acts of kindness too numerous to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of the story and the bitterness that emanates from it at the moment.
“She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, for she refuses to let others bring her down.” She thanks her family, friends and fans for being by her side and knowing her true nature. “(KL / DL / LOT)
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