Co-host of “The Talk,” Sheryl Underwood is opening up about her ongoing feud with Sharon Osbourne. After an on-air argument on Mar. 10, the show went on a month-long hiatus as CBS conducted an internal investigation. During the investigation, Osbourne decided to leave the show after 11 years. On Monday, Underwood spoke out about the controversy and confessed that the quarrel had left her with PTSD.
“I feel like I’ve been in, like, PTSD because it was a trauma,” she explained, “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.”
She added that she was mindful of being perceived as the “angry black woman” and tried to deescalate things as much as possible. Underwood also addressed fans from backstage before Monday’s episode and updated what’s in store for the show. “It’s time for an episode of ‘The Talk’ that will be unlike any other we’ve had before,” the comedian began.
“As you may know, during our break, Sharon decided to leave ‘The Talk.’ We need to process the events of that day and what happened since, so we can get to the healing,” Underwood continued.
Sharon Osbourne’s Former Co-Host Claimes She Never Received a Phone Call After Feud
She went on to add that she will “honestly discuss what occurred” alongside her co-hosts, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots, and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Sharon Osbourne decided to leave the talk show after publicly defending fellow British TV personality Piers Morgan. Morgan was the subject of controversy after making several critical remarks about Meghan Markle.
During the Mar. 10 episode, Underwood and Osbourne got into a heated argument about Morgan’s comments — which many deemed racist. After defending Morgan, Osbourne’s former hosts alleged that she would use racist and homophobic slurs while working on the show.
Underwood also claimed that Sharon Osbourne never reached out via text or phone call after their argument. However, Osbourne recently shared screenshots that say otherwise. On Monday, Underwood said that Osbourne never made any attempts to call her but said she did receive texts from the reality star.
“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.”