Sharon Osbourne, who came under fire for defending Piers Morgan earlier this month and thus gave validation to Morgan’s racism, has decided to leave/has been fired from The Talk. After the Piers Morgan incident, a number of other racist incidents in Osbourne’s past also surfaced, as well as a history of abusive behavior.
CBS cited her behavior on the March 10th episode as the reason for her departure, claiming that it “did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.”
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.
Osbourne was the show’s last original host. The Talk, meanwhile, will resume with new episodes on April 12th.
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