Sharon Osbourne has been under fire after her emotionally charged defense of her friend, Piers Morgan on the latest episode of CBS’ The Talk. The episode that was a hot button discussion of social media last week, has led to an internal investigation from CBS.
“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace,” CBS said. “All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review.” …. Whatever that means.
Sharon got emotional when the cast were discussing how her public support for Piers Morgan following his comments about Meghan Markle, can be viewed as enabling and supporting his actions. Morgan has been hurling vitriolic attacks at Markle ever since she’s been linked to Prince Harry. In response to her interview with Oprah, he says he did not believe she had suicidal thoughts.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” Osbourne said, before asking her co-host Sheryl Underwood to be precise about how Morgan has been racist. “Educate me” Sharon whaled.
Osbourne took to Twitter the next day with a prepared apology, stating: “Anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused, or let down by what I said.” She added that she was “panicked, felt blindsided and got defensive.” Osbourne claims she let her fear of being labeled a racist get the best of her.
Like most of these apologies, Black people on social media were not buying it. Infact, most of the replies on Sharon’s tweet felt as though she should redirect her apologies to her co-host Sheryl, whom she got gully with on live television.
Have you apologised to Sheryl?! One person wrote
“You weaponised your whiteness, White woman's tears with such arrogance in your ignorance of racism as a power construct. You didn't deserve Sheryl Underwood's measured response. I would've verbally eviscerated you. Good you apologise- where's Sheryl's? Was Piers Morgan worth it?” author, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu replied
Piers Morgan retweeted Sharon’s apology, and later demanded an apology from the entire cast. “Sharon’s been shamed & bullied into apologising for defending me against colleagues accusing me of racism because I don’t believe Meghan Markle’s bullsh*t. This is where we’ve reached. I demand an apology from those @TheTalkCBS bullies for their disgraceful slurs against ME.”
However it looks like her publicist is going to have to put in more work, as new allegations of racism on the set of The Talk have come to surface.
Actress Holly Robinson Peete, who served as one of the original hosts of the show, alleged that Osbourne “complained that I was too ‘ghetto’” for the show and was responsible for Peete’s departure in 2011.