The new male host for “The Talk” filled in for Osbourne after her controversial departure. She left earlier this year after getting into an argument with one of her co-hosts, Sheryl Underwood. The on-screen spat resulted in several people later calling Sharon Osbourne out for being “racist,” causing her to leave the show behind for good.
O’Connell started filming on “The Talk” this past summer. But he told Bevy Smith on her Radio Andy show “Bevelations” that he knew nothing about the specifics of the previous host’s exit before he got there.
“It’s funny, I didn’t know the exact details of everything that happened. I remember reading that Sharon Osborne was no longer on ‘The Talk’ and then I was literally on there,” he explained.
Just because he didn’t know about the drama ahead of time doesn’t mean he didn’t see its effects firsthand, though.
“Coming in here right after Sharon Osbourne left, I could tell there was trauma with this group, you know, they were shook, they were shooketh,” O’Connell said. “And I came in and I was like, ‘Hey guys, I don’t know anything about that. Like, let’s just have a good time.’ And anytime it was even brought up, I was like, ‘Hey guys, guys, guys, that wasn’t me, please. Can we not talk about that today?'”
Apparently, O’Connell tried to combat that negative energy by channeling a “rebound guy” persona. He got a taste of what that felt like when he first met his wife, Rebecca Romjin, as she came out of six-year marriage to John Stamos.
“And I’ll tell you, being that rebound guy is fun, you can do no wrong,” he said. “My wife would get depressed and I’d be like, ‘What are you depressed about? Like, let’s go have fun. Who cares?'”
Sharon Osbourne Plans on Never Returning to TV After ‘The Talk’ Scandal
Earlier this week, Sharon Osbourne spoke with The Daily Mail about how her “The Talk” experience ruined television for her. Despite an impressive resume of TV appearances, including 11 years as the host and creator of “The Talk,” she refuses to go back on the air.
“Right now, (TV is) not a safe place to be,” Osbourne told the outlet. “Because the slightest thing — the slightest word — and you’ve p*ssed off half the nation. I don’t want to put myself up for that grief. I really don’t.”
After her argument with co-host Sheryl Underwood aired, Osbourne later decided the network couldn’t be trusted anymore. She said CBS had multiple opportunities to cut to a commercial break and stop filming. But they aired it all in a plot set up by producers.
‘I felt totally betrayed, not protected by CBS. I felt used. And I felt like an old shoe,” Osbourne said. ‘They didn’t care. It was a setup and it was set up by one of the executives.”