Sharon Osbourne Exits ‘The Talk’: When Did TV Personality First Join Show?

by Matthew Wilson
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Sharon Osbourne has been in the news of late for parting ways with “The Talk” after years of serving as co-host of the women-centric talk show. Though it may just seem like yesterday, Osbourne has served in her role since it premiered on October 18, 2010.

For almost 11 years, Osbourne entertained audiences by discussing a variety of topics and issues. In total, the TV personality co-hosted over 2,200 episodes. She was the longest-running host on “The Talk,” appearing on the show from the very beginning. Osbourne also outlasted fellow hosts Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen who left in Season Nine and Eight respectively.

Meanwhile, current hosts Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood didn’t join the show until Season Two. Underwood and Osbourne ended up getting into a verbal argument on the show that led to Osbourne’s ejection from the talk show.

Sharon Osbourne Leaves ‘The Talk’

It’s been a whirlwind week for Sharon Osbourne. “The Talk” essentially fired her after she defended her friend Piers Morgan on the show. It was a conversation that caused strife between Osbourne and Underwood and Elaine Welteroth.

Morgan criticized both Meghan Markle and husband Harry after they held a highly publicized interview with Oprah. Some viewers called Morgan a “racist” for his criticism of Markle. In his commentary, he said he didn’t believe Markle regarding the Royal Family and called her a “liar.”

The Markle and Harry interview garnered attention for casting the British monarch in a negative light. Among other issues, Markle said members of the Royal Family commented on what skin color her unborn child would be.

On “The Talk,” Underwood and Welteroth urged Osbourne to hold Morgan accountable for his comments. But Osbourne stood by her friend and insisted he had a right to his opinion. Things soon devolved into arguing and shouting. Osbourne late apologized for the exchange. But the show and CBS let Osbourne go for not holding the same values. Other former hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete also called Osbourne out.

In a public comment, Osbourne said, “I felt panicked, felt blindsided [and] got defensive.” She also wrote, “Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny, or bullying.”

Since then, family and friends including Morgan have rallied around Osbourne.

“Sharon is bitterly disappointed at how it all played out,” a source told Us Weekly. “Her whole career has been based on not holding back, speaking her mind, and championing free speech. So to be classified or perceived as a bigot or a racist is a sickening scenario and an utter nightmare for her. Especially since she insists up and down it’s all a pack of lies and that’s the last thing she is.”