The Talk, the popular midday chat show, returns Monday without its most prominent host. Sharon Osbourne abruptly left the show last month following an argument with co-host Sheryl Underwood. The two fought in an episode over whether something Pierce Morgan had said was racist.
Today’s episode of The Talk will feature Dr. Donald Grant, an expert on diversity and equity who will discuss how to have productive, difficult conversations. And Dr. Anita Phillips, a trauma therapist and life coach who will discuss healing after painful events, Deadline reported.
The Talk has been on hiatus since March 12, following a heated exchange between Osbourne and Underwood.
‘The Talk’ Returns After Investigation, Sniping
The original fight was over Osbourne’s support of Piers Morgan. He criticized Meghan Markle following her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Underwood, who is black, said Morgan used racist language toward Markle, something that Osbourne found maddening.
The two women got into a heated argument that bled over into when the cameras were turned off. Producers investigated what happened, and a few days later they announced Osbourne wouldn’t return as host. They said it was her choice.
Since then, the hosts have engaged in a she-said, she-said over their roles in the incident.
Osbourne had argued that producers egged on the fight by feeding Underwood questions.
Underwood said that wasn’t the case in a three-part podcast. She also claimed Osbourne hadn’t apologized.
“I felt, because there was an investigation, be quiet,” Underwood revealed.” I want to be clear, I don’t have power to hire, I don’t have power to fire.” Underwood revealed that none of her questions during the debate came from producers. The only direction she got from producers was to guide the conversation not to become aggressive.
“In talking about what I wanted to ask in a way that was not perceived as attacking — I was already thinking, I thought this was gonna go left. In my gut, I thought this was going to go left,” she explained. “And so I wanted to put it in its proper order, be very calm, but there were a few people that criticized me on that — ‘Why do you give any f—s about somebody’s feelings? They give no f—s about yours.’ It’s not about the reaction of the person, it’s about me and who I’m trying to evolve and mature to be.”
Osbourne Livid Over Underwood’s Accusations
The messages bear out Osbourne’s timelime and attempts to apologize.
“I not only sent these messages to Sheryl, but I apologized to her in person in her dressing room,” she told the Daily Mail. “Why are you saying I never apologized Sheryl? What are you trying to do to me? Why are you trying to destroy my reputation? Just be honest. Tell me.”
Osbourne wrote that her “heart is heavy” and she was “deeply saddened” by the events.
“I’m sorry for telling you to f— off during the break, I’m sorry for accusing you of fake crying while we were live on air and I’m sorry for losing my temper with you,” she continued.
The show has replaced hosts several times. It’s unclear if they plan to replace Osbourne with someone else.