‘The Talk’ Going on Unplanned Hiatus Amid Sharon Osbourne Controversy

by Charles Craighill

Today, The Talk announced that they would take an unplanned break from the air. After controversy arose surrounding Sharon Osbourne’s comments, the show decided to step aside and handle things internally. Osbourne denies any accusations of her racism, however, other stars disagree. The whole situation has blown up over the past week since Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. There is a lot to catch up on, so here’s what went down this week.

What Happened With Oprah and Meghan Markle

This whole Sharon Osbourne situation starts with Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In that interview, Markle ‘spilled some tea’ (not in the Boston Harbor, but on National television) on the Royal family. She also shared some personal details about her time living with the royal family, including that she experienced suicidal thoughts. Other details suggest a fair deal of racism coming out of the Royal family in England.

What Happened with Piers Morgan

In his show, Morgan ‘called bullshit’ on some of what Meghan Markle said in her interview. Those comments received backlash, as many critics saw them as racist for gaslighting the Duchess of Sussex. Given what she said about the racism she experienced in Buckingham palace, many people deemed Morgan’s comments inappropriate and problematic.

Piers Morgan dramatically stormed off set after receiving criticism from his own cohost about his comments. Morgan stated that he did not necessarily believe that Markle felt “suicidal,” however, his cohost pointed out that he has trashed Markle for years. A UK media regulator reported that this particular episode of “Good Morning Britain” received 41,000 complaints. Piers Morgan has since stepped down from his place on the show.

What Happened with Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne, a longtime friend of Piers Morgan, also received residual backlash after her own comments on The Talk. On Wednesday’s episode, she and her cohost Sheryl Underwood discussed the controversy on Piers Morgan.

Sharon Osbourne, who has been a friend of Piers Morgan for a long time, defended him adamantly on the show. Her strong-worded and intense defense of what many critics considered racism brought her even more backlash.

After that episode, The Talk decided to take a hiatus to figure out how to approach the situation. Sharon Osbourne has since sent out an apology via Twitter, however, many fans still resent her comments. The Talk is scheduled to return next Wednesday, hopefully once the situation is resolved.