Racist allegations put Emmy-winning talk show on hiatus

By Tribute on March 18, 2021 | 22 Comments

Sharon Osbourne
CBS has taken the Emmy award-winning talk show The Talk off the air for another week after last week’s discussion about racism between Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood got a little heated.

During a show last week, Sheryl challenged Sharon’s support of her friend Piers Morgan, who had said on air that he said he didn’t believe Meghan Markle when she said she had considered suicide and that she had been subjected to racism. Following over 41,000 official complaints to the network, Morgan exited Good Morning Britain. Sharon tweeted: “@piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”

Sheryl asked Sharon, “What would you say to people who may feel that, while you’re standing by your friend, it appears that you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?”

Sharon became angry and defensive as she responded to the question, saying that she felt like she was being put in the electric chair for having a friend that some people think is racist.

The discussion carried on after a commercial break, when Sharon, who was clearly still upset, told Sheryl, “And don’t try to cry. If anyone should be crying, it should be me,” adding, “Educate me! Tell me when you have heard him say racist things.”

Sharon tweeted out an apology last Friday, which read in part, “I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the black community & I have deep respect & love for the black community,” adding, “I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.” However, the story doesn’t end there.

On Tuesday, journalist Yashar Ali published a report alleging that Sharon referred to her former The Talk co-host Julie Chen as “wonton” and “slanty eyes.” She also reported that Sharon called former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is openly lesbian, a “p—- licker” and “fish eater.”

In response, Sharon spoke to the British paper The Daily Mail on Wednesday, sounding very unapologetic. She called the claims “crap, all crap” and even repeated the racist language she’d been accused of, saying, “Everyone’s got an opinion or a story like the wonton story. It’s like f— off with your f—— wonton story. F— off!” ~Sean Olegario

Update: Sharon Osbourne is no longer part of the show. CBS released a statement, which read in part: “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk. 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.”

Comments & Discussion

  1. Alan • March 18, 2021 @ 9:42 AM

    Sharon isn’t racist. Just because she doesn’t believe Meghan’s (who looks 99% Caucasian) story doesn’t make her a racist. Use logic please. Microaggressions are nonsense, as well as wokeness, and cancel culture needs to go away.

  2. Kaynine • March 18, 2021 @ 10:10 AM

    So what racist name should we make for Sharon? That doesn’t give her the right to say these racist remarks about Julie Chen?! Maybe we all should Sharon an “a**sucker” and “frog face”

  3. Lorena • March 18, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

    You are no longer allowed to have your own opinion…….and when you do – you’re expected to apologize for it….Sharon, you shouldn’t have apologized. All this “other stuff” that Sharon “supposedly” said….let’s not jump to conclusions…..don’t always believe the worst.

  4. Steve • March 18, 2021 @ 11:12 AM

    Pretty callow journalism on this one. Look at the spin on the final paragraph. “Sounding very unapologetic” is an opinion. No one knows what is going on in a person’s mind other than the person themself. The fact that she posted an apology (which I agree from comments above should not have been needed), should have been enough. Sure would be nice to see real journalism come back into vogue rather that catering to a mob. Sickening.

  5. Brandy • March 18, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

    If someone doesn’t believe someone else was suicidal how does that make them a racist? Or supporting that person makes you a racist? Come one all you ignorant “woke” people, my goodness. I don’t even agree with what Piers Morgan said but it doesn’t conclude he’s a racist.

  6. J • March 18, 2021 @ 12:09 PM

    How sad is it commenters claim not racism by saying someone is not, yet the actions and words of that someone shows racism directly. People like to categorize which include stereotyping and name calling and when either labels towards a race that is racism. When someone talks about another’s sexuality that is sexism. When someone talks about another’s age and “that’s how they act” is a generalization and ageism. And so on. The retort to such comments made by that someone should not be “it’s crap” but should be “I didn’t think I was racist but maybe I am. Maybe I have a hell of a lot to learn so I can grow as a person and free myself of my hang ups, my name-calling, my stereotyping others and reflect into myself. I didn’t realize and didn’t mean my comments as they were ignorant and so am I. I will learn from this and one day maybe I won’t be racist, ignorant and so blind to myself.”

  7. Yvonne Culp • March 18, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

    Come on people. What we have here regarding Sara and Julie is hearsay. Unless we’ve heard these things, we should take each statement reportedly made with a grain of salt. As for standing by Morgan, I do as well. Markle has been playing the race card since she started dating Harry. Again, all statements are hearsay. They left the royal family to get out of the spotlight. With the HARPO interview, she put herself right into the spotlight and on the covers of magazines and newspapers all over the world. Face it. She thought she would marry Harry, become a princess and stay in the spotlight. She will never outshine or even be equal to the decent, kind human being Kate is. And that is her problem. She can’t compare to Kate nor will she ever be queen so her next best spotlight stealer is to defame the family while getting her craved attention. Really, unless we are witness to any of this “talk” we should keep an open mind and not make snap judgments.

  8. Rocky • March 18, 2021 @ 1:37 PM

    Well, Sharon just pushed another rusty nail in her own coffin, bye bye to her career on TV! Da!

  9. Gareth • March 18, 2021 @ 1:40 PM

    @J is the only person with sense on this page. The others are clueless dinosaurs, who will look for any excuse to ensure the sexism and discrimination that have made this world so “wonderful” for “everyone” to date continues unabated. I have no doubt the group these cowards belong too. Its over Ok same way women got the right to vote they were so long denied and slavery was abolished making these thing no longer acceptable, it is not acceptable to be racist just because it always been oK to be so in our white society. I could not be even if I wanted to and that is the way it should be. Be racist in your locked bedroom if u want to and keep it there.

  10. The Truth Sayer • March 18, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

    Who has not Sinned let them cast the First STONE!!! I see hate not Love here!

  11. Reuben • March 18, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

    Have lost my respect for Sharon as outspoken but respectful woman. To call someone a slit-eyed wonton (assuming this is true) is just a racist as us calling her a …. (whatever to denote her Brit background)
    Just as we cannot confirm Meghan and Harry comments does not mean its not true. C’mon ok so yu diss Meghan but Harry??? The boy needs more respect…
    It’s crazee how someone can think free speech means insulting someone about their cultural heritage.. Born by the difference between receiving & living thru racial prejudice and not…

  12. Kim Tanti • March 18, 2021 @ 4:09 PM

    Why is it ok for a black person to be racist? 2 black guys set a mentally challenged guy on fire. Watched him burn. Nothing in main stream media. If reversed all hell would break loose. Megan is an actor wanting to keep attention on herself and doing a great job of it. Jumping on the black wagon when she played white most of her life.

  13. The Truth Sayer • March 18, 2021 @ 4:18 PM

    So Reuben is another without Sin joins in as another to throw the first stone. I can see Love is going down the toilet!

  14. Ken Deren • March 18, 2021 @ 6:49 PM

    I’m sick and tired of the racist and counter culture generation. You can’t say anything anymore without being called something or labelled. I’ve had other races say things about me and i can’t say anything because i would be labelled a white racist or supremist. Just because some idiot from a different race says something about me doesn’t mean i hate all the people from that race. I know people from every race and we get along fine. We can’t let the counter culture or Marxist-Leninist people with their self agendas of ideology rule our lives. If it goes too far there will be no more freedom for anything,and that’s where society as a whole starts to break down and believe in what the brainwashing ideologists want you to believe in their views only. Everybody has different views and opinions whether right or wrong. It’ll be a sad world when only one view is allowed. Then you will not have free will anymore and it will be a nice touchy feely world that will be a prison of the mind. Does everyone want to be a number? Then roll up your sleeve and stand in line for the mark of the beast 666. Then you all can be happy. Have a nice day number six. Be seeing you.

  15. Colleen Gayle • March 18, 2021 @ 8:17 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out how Piers Morgan saying he didn’t believe Markle is racist. It was his opinion and I didn’t see him singling out Markle because of her race, he simply said he didn’t believe her. I can see how this could have unhinged Sharon; she was sucker punched and obviously having a difficult time wrapping her head around what her co host had said to her. Seems the “woke” people are digging for anything they can to label people who are not afraid to express their thoughts and feelings….anything “percieved” as racist, even when it wasn’t, causes people to be “cancelled” How ridiculous. Sharon, you had absolutely nothing to apologize for. I respect you even more for supporting your friend and refusing to bow down to this cancel culture bullshit.

  16. Gareth • March 18, 2021 @ 8:29 PM

    @truth why is it only those who stand on the side of ensuring racist behavior is called out u call stone throwers and deride?. Love went down the toilet when these people let the deep biases out in either overt of covert forms spewing nothing but hate. And instead of atonement they want to play victim for doing wrong. If I do wrong I will seek atonement not double down like Piers and Sharon.

    @Ken Deren the argument that people are allowed to have “different opinions” so dont call them out even if that opinion or behavior is disguising, makes no sense. So because your behavior and speech is clearly racist we should just say fine it’s ok it is his or her opinion. I have young kids, you probably do also; so do u think it is OK then to for pedophiles to peddle their sickt through Man-Child love America or whatever they call their group? and call it freedom of opinion? Many people felt it was a “freedom of opinion” to consider blacks subhuman and be enslaved, or to have apartheid in South Africa, or for Nazis to see Jews as a problem to be wiped out, or for women to never be allowed to vote. Are you saying these people should have free will to continue advancing those ideas with no consequences?

    Not illegal to have your racist views (unless it involve hate speech or hate crimes – which are high thresholds to meet), so the government cant stop you from expressing those. Therefore you still have your free will to be racist. But while it may be free to be expressed it cannot be free of consequences. If you believe you have a right to express racists view so much then go ahead and do it and suffer the consequences when companies fire you, you get cancelled or rightfully ridiculed. When MLK thought segregation was wrong or Ghandi fought for civil rights they put their life on the line for it they knew the potential consequences and was prepared to face then . So let those “brave” racists continue their racist views but don’t cry about the consequences if you wanna be racist so much.

  17. Pat • March 19, 2021 @ 4:12 PM

    Everyone is racist! This is scientifically proven! Get off your high horses and stop weaponizing victimization! This is a very bad road to go down.

  18. Mike • March 19, 2021 @ 4:36 PM

    They should remove ALL of these yattering yenta shows from the air. They’re terrible!

  19. Anita Peralez • March 19, 2021 @ 7:32 PM

    This is what the democr@ps have done to this country!

  20. Redrover8 • March 19, 2021 @ 10:40 PM

    Ridiculous!!! just because somebody doesn’t believe somebody doesn’t make them racist – all this crap is taking away from real racism – When somebody doesn’t get a promotion when they’re clearly the best candidate because they have the wrong skin colour or sexual orientation That’s racist but if somebody’s being a bitch that has nothing to do with skin colour – Also whoever wrote this article should be fired they clearly were biased and perhaps racist against Sharon Osbourne (Good journalism is not about taking sides) because guess what everybody’s a little bit racist

  21. Kathleen • March 20, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

    Who cares if a person is racist. Maybe they have a reason for not liking a specific race.or
    All these armchair critics need to get a life.
    There are plenty of African Americans who are given the right to protest and hate Caucasians…but Caucasians can’t dislike them?
    Quit with all the bull. People are human…and it is their right to form an opinion for themselves, and live by it.
    Nobody is trying to tell Christians to STFU, when they preach and call others sinners and heathens, and say they will go to Hell…just because they don’t believe in their FICTICIOUS gods and saints.
    People need to mind their own business and start cleaning their own houses before they. Start complaining about someone else’s house.
    You don’t have the right to insist Every one else had to think as closed minded as you do..
    When you die, nobody will care..
    Nuf said..move on.

  22. Truth Sayer • March 21, 2021 @ 12:08 AM

    @Gareth, you think you see, yet you are blind to your own perceived truth, what is hidden in your closet that you wouldn’t want to bring to light, we are sinners in this world, even YOU! Therefore you do not have to add to the hate that’s out there. Hate will find all of us sooner or later, this world needs more LOVE not Less!🤔

  23. Cynthia • March 23, 2021 @ 2:58 PM

    Only 14 percent of the American population is black. For 8 years we had a black president, now we have a black Vice President. Almost every commercial theres an African American in it. Politicians, actors, police, etc everywhere. This racist card is getting ridiculous.

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