Kelly Osbourne is not a fan of cancel culture. The reality show star and podcast co-host said in a new interview with Us Weekly that she practices what she preaches. And she said she’s not afraid of cancel culture coming for her.
“I don’t give a f—k about cancel culture. I don’t give a f—k about what anyone thinks about me in that sense,” she told Us Weekly this week. “Like, if you think I’m a racist, fine. You think I’m a racist. I know who I am, I don’t care what you think of me.”
“I care what [my co-host] Jeff thinks of me, I care what my family thinks of me,” she added. But “I don’t care what somebody hiding behind a computer and a fake Instagram page who puts up stuff where they don’t practice what they preach [thinks].”
Kelly Osbourne Speaks Out Following Her Mother’s Cancellation
Kelly Osbourne’s comments follow her mother Sharon Osbourne’s recent exit from “The Talk.” Sharon Osbourne had publicly defended British media personality Piers Morgan. Morgan had criticized Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Sharon Osbourne then got into an on-air argument with co-host Sheryl Underwood over her defense of Morgan.
After that episode, “The Talk” took a sudden hiatus and launched an internal investigation. While the show was on hiatus, former “The Talk” co-host Leah Remini piped up. Remini claimed she had heard Sharon Osbourne use anti-Asian and homophobic slurs on the set.
Before long, Sharon Osbourne was out. That’s despite the fact that she denied Remini’s accusations. The self-described champion of free speech was said to be “bitterly disappointed at how it all played out,” according to Us Weekly.
Piers Morgan Defended Sharon Osbourne In Wake of Controversy
But Kelly Osbourne was not the only one standing up for Sharon. For his part, Morgan quickly came to Sharon’s defense. After the controversy erupted, he wrote a lengthy OpEd for the Daily Mail insisting that “Sharon Osbourne was entitled to defend me without being deemed a racist.”
“Every journalist and commentator in America should be as incensed as I am about this,” he continued. “Because they could all be next.”
Doc McGhee is the longtime manager for the band Kiss. He said the Sharon Osbourne he remembered would have punched someone out rather than ask them to educate her, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“She would have cut someone’s jugular vein out by this point,” McGhee said. “But that was back in the day when being tough was part of the game and people respected you for having convictions, no matter where you stood. Today it’s all a witch hunt. And they want to ruin you if you don’t say exactly what they think you should say.”