Sharon Osbourne Breaks Silence on ‘The Talk’ Exit in First Interview Since Leaving Show

by Katie Maloney
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Former co-host of The Talk, Sharon Osbourne spoke about leaving the show for the first time.

By now, most people know that Sharon Osbourne is in the hot seat. She’s been under fire since an episode of The Talk that aired on March 10 of this year. During the episode, Osbourne’s co-host Sheryl Underwood questioned Osbourne’s choice to defend comments made by Piers Morgan about Meghan Markle. Osbourne was quickly criticized for her reaction. Viewers say she became defensive and talked over Underwood. The show went on a hiatus while they investigated Sharon Osbourne. However, Osbourne announced her resignation from The Talk on March 26 before the investigation ended. After 11 years with the show, Osbourne was the last of the original hosts to leave. She has not publically spoken about her experience until a recent interview with Bill Maher for the show, Real Time with Bill Maher. During the interview, Osbourne opened up about feeling upset about how the controversy unfolded.

“It’s so many different things. I’m angry. I’m hurt,” said Osbourne. “I’ve been called so many things in my life, I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take.”

Osbourne added that “disagreeing with someone does not make you a racist.”

Sharon Osbourne talks about leaving The Talk.

Sharon Osbourne’s Co-Host Sheryl Underwood Says She Has PTSD From The Controversy

As mentioned in the interview above, the heated discussion during that episode of The Talk left Sharon Osbourne feeling “mad” and “hurt.” But how are her former co-hosts feeling? During a recent interview, co-host Sheryl Underwood opened up about how she’s been feeling since the March 10 episode.

“I feel like I’ve been in, like, PTSD because it was a trauma,” said Underwood. “And I feel like I want to get past this because I really wanted to get back to work with my friends and my colleagues and the crew … but I also wanted to get back to the audience.”

She said that, during the episode, she didn’t want to be perceived as the “angry black woman” and tried to deescalate things as much as possible. Underwood also spoke with fans from backstage during a recent episode of the show. She said, “It’s time for an episode of The Talk that will be unlike any other we’ve had before.”

“As you may know, during our break, Sharon Osbourne decided to leave The Talk,” said Underwood. “We need to process the events of that day and what happened since, so we can get to the healing.”