Sharon Osbourne to Guest on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ This Week Following ‘The Talk’ Exit

by Matthew Wilson
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Sharon Osbourne will be telling her side of the story after leaving “The Talk” last month. The TV personality will be making her first public appearance. Osbourne will guest star on this week’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

According to Deadline, Osbourne will be joining the show on Friday, April 16. Osbourne will fill Maher’s top-of-the-show solo interview spot. During the appearance, many expect Osbourne to go into her side of the incident that led to her leaving “The Talk.”

Osbourne was a long-term host of the talk show and had been on the program since its inception. On March 10, Osbourne had an on-air feud with co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth. Osbourne defended her friend Piers Morgan from her co-hosts.

Morgan had criticized Meghan Markle following an interview she made with Oprah. In the interview, Markle criticized the Royal Family. Some viewed Morgan’s remarks as racist and insensitive.

Osbourne refused to back down leading to a screaming match between the co-hosts. CBS launched an investigation into the incident and placed the talk show on hiatus. Osbourne chose to leave during this period.

Sheryl Underwood on Sharon Osbourne

They say that every feud has two sides. And Sheryl Underwood recently shared hers. In the first episode back, Underwood criticized her former co-host. She said the experience with Osbourne gave her a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Osbourne will get the chance to defend herself.

“I feel like I’ve been in, like, PTSD because it was a trauma,” Underwood said, “and I feel like I want to get past this because I really wanted to get back to work with my friends and my colleagues and the crew…but I also wanted to get back to the audience.”

After the incident, Osbourne reportedly texted Underwood to apologize and move past the incident. Underwood initially denied the texts until Osbourne personally leaked them to media outlets. Underwood chose not to respond to Osbourne’s texts and admitted that Osbourne had not called.

“I want to be clear on this, I have not spoken to Sharon,” Underwood said. “I have not had a phone call from her… People have asked me, ‘Well, if you see Sharon, what would you do?’ First of all, if she greeted me warmly and sincerely, I would give her that in the same because we’ve been on the show together for 10 years.” However, borrowing a line from the late Maya Angelou, she added, “When people show you who they are, believe them.”

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