Sharon Osbourne Speaks Out on Former ‘The Talk’ Co-Host Julie Chen Controversy

by Emily Morgan
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After allegations arose that Sharon Osbourne used racists slurs, the former host of “The Talk” means to squash those accusations.

In March, journalist Yashar Ali reported that Osbourne described her former “The Talk” co-host, Julie Chen, as having “slanty eyes” and allegedly called her a “wonton,” among other offensive terms.

Osbourne vehemently denied the allegations and called the report “lies.” During her appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” she doubled down on her stance, continuing to deny the allegations.

The appearance also marked her first interview since she left “The Talk” after spending over a decade on the show. During the interview, she hit back at the rumors. She called Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete “disgruntled ladies.” Remini and Peete were the first to come forward with the allegations.

Osbourne went on to deny accusations that she used racist slurs. She stated that she “never, ever said that.” Osbourne later told Maher, “I don’t even use those words; they’re not in my vocabulary.”

However, that’s not what her former co-hosts are saying. According to Remini, Osbourne allegedly said unsavory things about Chen, a Chinese-American, and her husband, Les Moonves. “I mean, who the f–k does slanty eyes think she is? She shouldn’t be pillow-talking with our boss,” Osbourne allegedly said, according to Remini.

Remini also alleges that Osbourne made homophobic comments about her former co-host Sara Gilbert— who identifies as a lesbian.

Sharon Osbourne Continues Denying Allegations

According to Ali, he spoke with 11 sources in 2018. Yet, Osbourne immediately denied the accusations. She released a statement via her publicist. “Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment,” the statement read.

Osbourne’s interview comes one month after she decided to leave “The Talk.” Her departure came in the wake of a heated discussion with Sheryl Underwood.

In the debate, she explained her support for Piers Morgan, who claimed Meghan Markle was lying during her interview with Oprah Winfrey. After his statements, Osbourne tweeted out her support of Morgan. As a result, her co-hosts wanted her to explain her stance.

Now, Osbourne claims she’s a victim of “cancel culture.” She told Maher, “I’m used to being called names. A racist is one I will not take.” She also added that she is “doing just fine” but that, “it’s not fair. It isn’t about being a racist. It’s maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day. It changes from day to day what is correct.”