Sharon Osbourne Wishes Piers Morgan Happy Birthday Amid ‘The Talk’ Controversy

by Emily Morgan
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After Sharon Osbourne left “The Talk” over controversial statements regarding Piers Morgan, she still wished him a happy birthday. On Tuesday, the British television personality posted an Instagram story where she shared a photo of herself alongside the 56-year-old. 

Morgan and Osbourne have been friends for over 20 years since working together on “America’s Got Talent.”

“She’s one of the smartest, feistiest, funniest and most outrageous people I know. And I love her for it,” wrote Morgan in a recent article for the Daily Mail. “What you see with Sharon is what you get, on and off camera. Like me, she’s incredibly opinionated and loves a good argument.”

After Osbourne left “The Talk” for defending Morgan after his controversial statements, Morgan is firing back at her critics. 

On Monday, Morgan publicly defended Osbourne when he wrote a piece in the Daily Mail. He expressed his outrage over the network’s treatment of the former talk show host and reality TV star. 

Piers Morgan Defends Sharon Osbourne

In addition, Morgan doubled down on his opinion of Markle. He said that Markle’s interview with Winfrey was “self-serving tittle-tattle.”

He also added that his criticism of the former Duchess of Sussex was not racially motivated, despite many saying that Morgan’s comments were exactly that.

During Osbourne’s final episode on March 10, Osbourne and her co-host Sheryl Underwood openly discussed Morgan’s controversy. Osbourne remained loyal to her friend and admitted that she agreed with his statements. As a result, her co-hosts began questioning her. 

“It appears that you are giving validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist,” Underwood said.

Osbourne then asked Underwood to tell her what was racist about what Morgan said about Markle. “I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist. So that makes me a racist,” Osbourne said.

After the heated debate, Osbourne decided to leave the show after 11 years as a co-host. In the Daily Mail article, Morgan offered Osbourne the same loyalty and defended his friend’s decision. 

He also disagreed with CBS after they condemned her statements. Morgan called them “the Cowardly Broadcasting System.” He also added that they have “so pathetically bowed to the woke mob illiberally baying for blood like a bunch of crazed language-policing fascists.”

Morgan added that Osbourne “was entitled to defend me without being deemed a racist. Just as I was entitled not to believe Meghan Markle without being deemed a racist. The fact we’ve both lost our jobs is not just an appalling attack on free speech, but it’s also a terrible indictment of woke cancel culture bulls—.”