Brace yourselves, Britain, because Sharon Osbourne could be back inside of you to join forces with her ride-or-die, Piers Morgan, for a show called Racial Issues Today on Rupert Murdoch’s new Fox News-like channel in the UK. Because Sharon is out of a job after she “made the decision to depart” The Talk. That’s how CBS puts it. It’s a very PR-way of saying, “We paid the trick to get the fuck out!” And with that, many are probably saying, “Now who’s ‘too ghetto‘ for the show?”
Sharon Osbourne has been on The Talk since season one and she was the last original sitting. But the quick journey to her demise started a couple of weeks ago when she nearly blew her latest face off in a rage after her co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth questioned her about her support of bratty tonsil stone Piers Morgan. Piers “left” his show, Good Morning Britain, on March 9 after he threw a hissy fit and shit his diaper over his colleague Alex Beresford calling him out for having a chronic hate boner for Meghan Markle. So Sheryl asked Sharon, “While you are standing by your friend, it appears that you are giving validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist.” Sharon lost it.
After that messy moment, The Talk went on hiatus and CBS launched an “investigation.” Sharon apologized and said she’d do better, but then she accused the producers, Sheryl, and Elaine of setting her up. Former The Talk co-hosts, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, then came out with their own stories of Sharon’s racist messiness. Holly claimed that Sharon once said she was “too ghetto” for the show, and Leah claimed to have heard Sharon call Julie Chen “slanty eyes.” Sharon denied that. But well, CBS put out a statement last night, saying that Sharon’s behavior “did not align with our values” and that they didn’t find any proof that she was set up. via Deadline:
The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.
At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.
During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.
CBS added that The Talk, sans Sharon, will be back on April 12.
I don’t know what the hell a “listening session” is? My guess is that they’re just going to put everyone in a room and show them Sharon’s messiest moments before saying, “Listen, don’t do that.” Sharon hasn’t said anything about this yet, but I’m sure she’ll continue to screech about how she’s the real victim here. Instead of doing that, she really needs to grab a magnifying glass and examine her life choices. Because losing out on an easy check to defend a corroded anal bead like Piers Morgan IS a choice.