Sharon Osbourne’s Comments on ‘The Talk’ Launches ‘Internal Review’ at CBS

by Will Shepard

Sharon Osbourne had a heated debate with Sheryl Underwood on the CBS show, The Talk. The discussion on Wednesday, March 10, centered around race. Now, the talk show host is going under an internal review from the media company.

Sharon Osbourne was headlining much of this past week’s news because of the comments. The panel was talking about the intense backlash that Piers Morgan got for his Meghan Markle comments.

Almost immediately, people were up in arms about Sharon Osbourne’s comments. So, CBS has been acting swiftly to make amends for their host’s comments. Fox News was given a statement by a CBS spokesperson.

“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review.”

Sharon Osbourne Is Under Internal Review for Her Comments About Race on “The Talk”

During the heated debate, Sharon Osbourne said that she was in support of Piers Morgan. She was vocal in her explanation about why she disagrees with Markle.

“I know he has a right to say what he feels on the interview, as we have a right to say, and everybody has a right to say what they feel with freedom of speech. Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion. But why is it that because I supported a long-time friend and work colleague of mine for years that everybody goes, if you support him, then you must be racist because he’s racist?”

This sparked the center of the debate. One of Sharon Osbourne’s co-hosts began crafting her response to the statement. Amanda Kloots says that she understands why she is supporting her friend Piers Morgan.

“[It’s] always really hard when you see a good friend going through a difficult situation, and you know them on a different level and really know their personal heart and their minds.”

But, Sheryl Underwood to an immediate exception to her comments. On The Talk, she was criticizing Sharon Osbourne’s comments because they have “racist implications.”

“He doesn’t want to understand how Meghan was treated was racism and then says … ‘I don’t see it as being racist – I don’t believe what she’s going through’ – it’s that white entitlement, privilege that makes it racist upon itself. So if you’re saying ‘I stand with you,’ how do you address people who say then you are standing with racism? I’m not saying that you are.”

“The Talk” Was Confused About How to Handle the Situation

Sharon Osbourne was reluctant to answer Underwood’s pressing question. Instead, she sidestepped the question gingerly, asking a different question.

“So if I like Piers and he’s seen as racist, I’m racist? Is that what you’re saying?”

The other hosts on The Talk were struggling to find the proper response to that question. But, they were in slight agreement that Piers’ comments were not inherently racist. Elaine Welteroth was there with an appropriate response.

“You’re entitled to the rest of your opinions, but when you bypass her experience, and you don’t acknowledge that experience of racism, you are distracting with all of this other information about being a royalist.”

On Friday, well after the incident on The Talk, Sharon Osbourne took to Twitter to apologize. She issued a lengthy statement about regretting her words after reflecting on the show.

Hopefully, after her reflection period, Sharon Osbourne can make amends with all of the other hosts on The Talk.