“The Talk” Is On Hiatus As CBS Investigates Sharon Osbourne’s Continued State Of Shock
Way back in November of 2020, Kristian wrote that CBS was panicked over ratings for The Talk which was getting pummeled by The View at the time. It was reported that an insider said that if The Talk couldn’t get a big name like Oprah or Meghan Markle, they were done for. Well, I hope whoever said that is enjoying their monkey paw stew because now, thanks to both Oprah and Meghan, The Talk is going on a short hiatus while they investigate their little Sharon Osbourne problem.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is conducting an investigation into last Wednesday’s shit show when Sharon lost her mind after she was very calmly asked by her co-worker Sheryl Underwood how her implied support of Piers Morgan’s venomous, and to many, racist, tirade against Meghan on Good Morning Britain following that big interview with Oprah might be interpreted. Apparently, that type of behavior doesn’t jibe with CBS’s commitment to having “a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace.”
CBS is initiating an investigation over an episode of The Talk that sparked controversy after co-host Sharon Osbourne defended Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle and asked fellow co-host Sheryl Underwood to “educate” her during the conversation.
“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review,” the network said in a statement on Friday.
Variety reports that The Talk will be on a “brief hiatus” and the live shows that were scheduled for yesterday and today have been canceled.
The plan is currently to return to filming on Wednesday, a source says, but the show will evaluate and see where they are before moving forward. CBS declined comment, and pointed to its earlier statement on its investigation on Friday.
That gives Sharon exactly one day to do some more reflecting because as of Friday, she was still hopping mad. Sharon says she was “blindsided” by producers and couldn’t believe she was being asked questions she wasn’t prepared for. Variety reports:
“I blame the network for it,” Osbourne told Variety on Friday night. “I was blindsided, totally blindsided by the whole situation. In my 11 years, this was the first time I was not involved with the planning of the segment.”
Osbourne says about eight minutes before the show began on Wednesday, a showrunners called and ask her if it was OK if they asked about Morgan. “I said, ‘Sure, they can ask me whatever.’ But then I get on there, I say my piece and Sheryl [Underwood] turns around straight-faced, looks at me and is reading from a card with questions. I was just so hurt, caught off guard and stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared. I was honestly in shock. I felt like I was in front of a firing squad. I felt like a lamb held out for slaughter. … They had me there for 20 minutes.”
See now, this is what happens when you do all your “reflecting” in front of a mirror. That burnt toast smeared with motor oil smell that’s making your eyes water right now is from the effort it is taking for Sharon to not blame Sheryl for getting uppity with her. Just to recap, Sharon, has compared being asked “what would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?” to being “put in the electric chair” and “put in front of a firing squad.” Got it. Sharon also addressed that tweet by Holly Robinson Peete who accused Sharon of calling her “ghetto” and getting her fired from The Talk back in 2011.
In response to Holly Robinson Peete’s accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an e mail sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk. pic.twitter.com/zu3Vc1oHCy
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 13, 2021
An addendum to my previous Tweet. Never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was “too ghetto” to be on the Talk, as well as not having her fired.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 14, 2021
Ah, back to the simpler days of The Talk when everything was Julie Chenbot and Les Moonves‘ fault. But Sharon, if it’s not yours, whose fault is it now? Please be specific! You don’t have to say anything, we don’t want you suffering through another Spanish Inquisition. Just point your finger.
So @CBS has yanked The Talk off air while it investigates the ‘scandal’ of @MrsSOsbourne defending me when @sherylunderwood said I was ‘racist’ for disbelieving Meghan Markle.
The REAL scandal is me being branded a racist for refusing to believe a liar. pic.twitter.com/KPu8ZB2YKo
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 15, 2021
Good job, Sharon. Now, do you! I wonder if CBS knows they can take a page out of Piers’ playbook and just go ahead and cancel The Talk themselves.