‘The Talk’: Elaine Welteroth Defends Former Co-Host Sharon Osbourne in New Audio

by Suzanne Halliburton

Elaine Welteroth, a co-host on The Talk, was caught on a hot mic soothing a sobbing Sharon Osbourne after an on-camera blowup during the show.

The Daily Mail revealed these details, Wednesday, quoting an audio tape of the conversation. The news site said a source, who was not named, provided the audio. The site said the audio was a conversation between Welteroth and Osbourne following a blow up on set. Osbourne was in her dressing room. Welteroth, who still was wearing a microphone, went to comfort the long-time The Talk moderator.

Earlier Wednesday, The Talk announced the hiring of Jerry O’Connell. He’s the first full-time male host of the show.

For background, Osbourne took up for fellow Brit and good friend Piers Morgan during a The Talk episode, March 10. Morgan, who was then a morning show host in England, criticized Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, over an interview Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, did with Oprah Winfrey. Markle made several accusations against the Royal Family. And Morgan called Markle a liar, insisting he didn’t believe a word she said, including that Markle had thoughts of suicide.

Hosts of The Talk Got Into Heated Discussion Over Piers Morgan Comments

The Talk is all about discussing whatever big news is breaking that day. So, naturally, Morgan’s comments came up in conversation. Were they racist? Osbourne threw her support for Morgan. That prompted Sheryl Underwood, a fellow co-host to press Osbourne about her views.

“Educate me,” Osbourne said. “Tell me when you have heard him say racist things… I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?”

Underwood, who is Black, posed a question to Osbourne.

“What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?”

Following a break, Welteroth found Osbourne in her dressing room, with Osbourne’s son, Jack, and her makeup artist. Welteroth said she pushed back when producers suggested she ask the panel about Morgan’s comments.

Welteroth said to Osbourne: “They asked me to ask that question. I said, no I’m not going to ask that question. I said to them, this is going to be a train wreck.”

‘Sharon, I’m just so sorry that that went the way that it went.’ 

Osbourne told Welteroth: “Do you know what it is though, when you have to sit there and defend yourself? It makes you look guilty because you can’t get out of it.

“It’s like calling somebody a pedophile, you can’t deny it.,” the former The Talk moderator said. “What do you say?’

The fallout definitely could be described as a train wreck. Osbourne left The Talk as the network investigated claims of whether Osbourne said racist things while she was on the show.