After nearly two weeks of silence and hiatus, CBS announced that Sharon Osbourne will not be returning to The Talk.
The longtime TV host had been on the program since its creation in 2010. In recent weeks, allegations were made against Sharon Osbourne from cohosts on the show for using offensive language and misconduct.
Before this departure, Sharon Osbourne was the last of the The Talk’s first hosts.
Further, cohosts said that the language and actions were racist in nature. The lead for the issue was when she defended her friend and fellow British TV star Piers Morgan after his responses about Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah.
Osbourne then walked back her defense. She also said she was being blindsided by the conversation about Piers as well as the allegations. However, as Deadline reports, CBS says she is leaving the program during its hiatus.
“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved,” the statement reads. “Including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.”
“At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams,” CBS continued. “As well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.”
Sharon Osbourne Leaves as The Talk Makes New Plans
In addition to her departure, The Talk stated what’s coming next. The network says the show is returning on March 12.
As far as what the show will be, CBS talked about their plan.
“During this week’s hiatus,” CBS says. “We are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew.”
“Going forward,” CBS adds. “We are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”