WATCH: ‘The Talk’ Returns After Sharon Osbourne Leaves, Sheryl Underwood Immediately Addresses Controversy

by Evan Reier

Nearly a month removed from its latest episode, The Talk returned to TV on Monday without Sharon Osbourne.

The former music manager and TV personality left the show after a controversial series of events after she backed friend Piers Morgan. While allegations of racism and set ups were flung every which way, the conclusion meant Osbourne’s departure.

While she moves on, The Talk does as well and is wasting no time discussing the past month. In an opening address, host Sheryl Underwood hits on the past month.

“It’s Monday, April 12, and it’s time for an episode of The Talk that will be unlike any other we’ve had before.” Underwood starts. “As you may know, during our break, Sharon decided to leave ‘The Talk.’ We need to process the events of that day and what happened since, so we can get to the healing. Over the next hour, we will honestly discuss what occurred and explore some of our feelings. And we’ll also show you how anyone can become more comfortable discussing important issues and having difficult conversations. By the end of the hour, we want everyone to feel empowered and ready to move forward. So, let’s start talking.”

This comes as no surprise, considering that CBS and The Talk had mentioned that the return of the show wasn’t shying from the topics that led to the controversy in the first place.

CBS Denies Report of Sharon Osbourne Buyout After Leaving The Talk

Initial reports said that Sharon Osbourne was getting an absolutely stunning buyout of her contract. Some estimates were around $10 million for the former reality TV star.

However, CBS then shot down those rumors fairly quickly. The LA Times reported on the networks’ response, which was simple and stark.

“False, inaccurate or untrue. Take your pick.”

Since it’s unknown the exact nature of the buyout or if there was one at all.