‘The Talk’ hiatus extended until next week as CBS investigates Sharon Osbourne controversy continues – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: With the controversy sparked by last Wednesday’s episode The speech showing no signs of declining, the show the unexpected break lengthens. I hear The speech The team this evening has been informed that the show will remain dark at least until next week. No return date has been set.

The speech was originally put on hiatus last Sunday for two days. The break was then extended, and The speech was due to return with live shows on Tuesday March 22.

A week ago, CBS launched an investigation into the heated exchange over the race at the start of the March 10 episode linked to Piers Morgan and his statements about Meghan Markle, which included sharp comments from Sharon Osbourne to the for her co-host Sheryl Underwood.

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Since then there have been new allegations against Osbourne that she used racial slurs to former co-host / executive producer Julie Chen. Former The speech Co-host Holly Robinson Peete also claimed Osborne called her too “ghetto” to be on the show.

Osbourne has denied the allegations and has gone on the offensive, publicly accusing CBS executives of being behind Wednesday’s segment, which she calls “a setup.”

Osbourne had a blast on March 10 when Underwood and her co-host Elaine Welteroth asked her about her support for her friend Morgan following her attacks on Markle resulting from her interview with Oprah with Prince Harry.

“As you stand by your friend’s side, it seems like you are giving validation or a safe haven to something he has said that is racist,” Underwood said. Among his more inflammatory remarks, Morgan said he doesn’t believe Markle’s suicidal thoughts.

“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who a lot of people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” Osbourne said. She apologized for the exchange the next day on Twitter.

“CBS is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace in all of its productions,” CBS said last Friday. “We are also keenly aware of the significant concerns expressed and ongoing discussions regarding the events on The speech. This includes a process where all voices are heard, complaints are investigated and appropriate action taken if necessary. “

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