“The Talk” is finally back. The show returned Monday after a month off the air, and Sharon Osbourne was nowhere to be found.
Osbourne stepped away from the show following a falling out with co-host Sheryl Underwood on March 10. The two had a heated argument over whether or not Piers Morgan’s thoughts on Meghan Markle were racist. Osbourne claimed that the whole ordeal was a setup perpetrated by the showrunners and her fellow co-hosts on “The Talk.”
She alleged that the questions about the Piers Morgan/Meghan Markle race issue were intentionally left off of her index cards so she would be unprepared.
During Monday’s show, co-host Elaine Welteroth shot down the idea that there was any kind of setup at play.
“There was nothing on my card that was preparing me. There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the media that from both Sheryl and myself as co-conspirators and attacking someone,” Welteroth stated. “And I just want to take this opportunity to say that is absolutely categorically false and unfair.”
‘The Talk’ Co-Host Joins Sheryl Underwood in Denial of Setup Allegations
Sheryl Underwood, the co-host who initially went back and forth with Sharon Osbourne, also denied a setup.
On her podcast, Sheryl talked about what was going through her mind when everything with Sharon went down.
“So I’m talking about what I wanted to ask, in a way that was not perceived as attacking,” Sheryl said. “See, I was already thinking– And remember what I said? I thought this was going to go left, in my gut, I thought this was going to go left. And so I wanted to put it in a proper order, be very calm. And there were a few people that criticized me, why do you give any f— about somebody’s feelings that give no f— about yours? It’s not about the reaction of the person, it’s about me and who I am trying to evolve and to be mature.”
CBS also conducted an investigation into Sharon Osbourne’s claims and didn’t find any evidence that the showrunners had anything to do with a setup.