Sharon Osbourne said she felt like a “sacrificial lamb” during a heated discussion over racism within the British Royal Family on her daytime talk show The Talk. Osbourne’s return to the show is in question as CBS investigates the situation.
The show is on hiatus until Tuesday following the March 10 incident, Fox News said.
At issue is an argument between co-hosts Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood about Piers Morgan’s controversial comments. Morgan had slammed Meghan Markle after she gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey about racism within the British Royal Family. Osbourne sided with Morgan, and after Underwood, a Black woman, asked her to defend the statements, Osbourne said she felt “cornered.”
Osbourne then began claiming her co-hosts were calling her a racist. She later walked back some of her comments. But has since said producers attempted a “set up.”
“Sheryl (Underwood) turns around and asks me this question and….she was reading it off a card. It wasn’t on my cards. And then Elaine [Welteroth]’s reading her questions and I’m like, ‘I’ve been set up.’ They’re setting me up. My anger was like, I cannot believe this, I’m your sacrificial lamb,” Osbourne recalled.
She tweeted out an apology later, saying she lashed out because she felt blindsided.
Osbourne Says She’s Not Sure She’s Wanted Back
Sharon Osbourne said it’s important to have these types of discussions, but this situation may have soured her interest in the show. And she is unsure they want her back.
“I wish we could go on and have an adult conversation calmly and work it out. But I don’t know whether we can,” Osbourne explained, according to Fox. “I don’t know whether it’s gone past that…But I don’t know whether I even want to go back…I don’t know whether I’m wanted there.”
For what it’s worth, both Osbourne and Underwood say they’ve moved past the argument and remain friends.
On her podcast Saturday, Underwood said she didn’t take offense from Osbourne.
“I thought I was talking with colleagues. I thought we were having a great conversation that didn’t go so great,” she said, the Washington Post reported. “It was already forgiven as soon at it was said.”