Following an emotional debate concerning race and a subsequent hiatus from the air, Sharon Osbourne is out as one of the hosts at “The Talk.”
The former reality star and wife of Ozzy Osbourne “has decided to leave” the long-running daytime talk show, according to a statement from CBS and obtained by Expose´Rose´ on Friday.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” read a statement. “The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, 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, 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.
During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions, and training about equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers, and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production, and, ultimately, our viewers.”
Sharon’s departure news comes a few weeks after a fiery exchange between Osbourne, 68, and fellow “The Talk” co-host Sheryl Underwood after Osbourne declared support for long-time friend Piers Morgan after he stormed off “Good Morning Britain” over differing opinions about Meghan Markle following the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.