The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne is apologizing for lashing out at her co-hosts in an angry tirade and walked back her comments in support of a controversial British journalist. “After some reflection” she tweeted, she could see things from a different perspective.
The incident happened Wednesday. Osbourne decided to support a friend and her former America’s Got Talent colleague after he attacked Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. She claimed in an interview with Oprah that members of the royal family had mistreated her. She also said there were multiple conversations about how “dark” her child’s skin could be. Markle is bi-racial. Morgan, a staunch supporter of the crown, got into a heated argument on his British morning TV show. Morgan has on multiple occasions attacked Markle and made disparaging remarks. He eventually walked off the set and quit the show later that day.
Osbourne tried to defend him on The Talk.
The conversation started civilly but quickly turned ugly. Osbourne cursed and raised her voice at her fellow co-hosts for suggesting race may have been a factor while they all remained calm. She also demanded that co-host Sheryl Underwood, a Black woman, “educate” her on when Morgan said racist things.
Morgan has a history of singling out Markle.
“It is not the exact words of racism,” Underwood said. ‘It’s the implication and the reaction to it. To not want to address that because she is a black woman, and to try to dismiss it or make it seem less than what it is. That’s what makes it racist. But right now I”m talking to a woman who I believe is my friend, and I don’t want here to watch this to watch this and say we’re attacking you for being racists.
“That seed is already sewn,” Osbourne shot back.
Sharon Osbourne Issues An Apology
“… I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the Black community & I have deep respect & love for the Black community. To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.
“I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over. There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast! I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better.
“Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying. … I will always support freedom of speech, but now I see how I unintentionally didn’t make that clear distinction.
“I hope we can collectively continue to learn from each other & from ourselves so we can all continue to pave the way for much-needed growth & change. The community on this platform means a lot to me. I hope we can all hold each other up with accountability, compassion & love during this powerful time of paving the way for so much needed change.”