SHE’S returns to our screens with The Talk.
As we revealed yesterday, former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne will host primetime weekday evenings following Piers Morgan’s pivotal position on the new TalkTV channel.
Today, in an exclusive chat, Sharon, 69, spoke about the televised issue that ended her 11-year career on a US daytime TV talk show.
She revealed why she couldn’t wait to get back on the phone and shared her joy at being back in the UK with husband Ozzy.
A year ago, Sharon rose to become one of the big names on the American talk show The Talk.
She has been there for 11 years, has her own dressing room and is surrounded by people who not only follow her but, in many cases, become close friends.
Or so she thought.
But on March 10, 2021, it took only 20 minutes of live TV for it all to fall apart.
And it’s all because she’s defended the right of her friend and former Britain’s Got Talent co-star Piers Morgan to express opinions he “didn’t believe a word” Meghan Markle said in the infamous interview hers with Oprah Winfrey.
Now she tells me: “It was supposed to be a conversation about freedom of speech. I disagree with everything Piers says – he disagrees with everything I say.
“But you respect that everyone has their own opinion, and that’s it.”
However, the TV discussion suddenly took a different turn when co-worker Sheryl Underwood asked her: “What would you say to people who might feel that, when you’re standing next to your friend, it’s like you endorsed or safe-haven for something he uttered as racist, even if you disagree?”
The insinuation that she is somehow tolerating the “blind” racism of Sharon.
She said: “Sheryl is someone I’ve been sitting next to for 10 and a half years on the show, someone I consider a friend who has been in and out of my house and is friendly to my whole family. I was socked.
“When the show ended the commercial, I cried hysterically and said to Sheryl, ‘Why are you doing this? What’s happening? ‘.
“But she turned to look at me and pretended to be talking to whoever was wearing her headset.
“So I stood up and said, ‘F*** you, Sheryl. F*** you for this’.
“I say ‘F*** you’ to a lot of people who are my friends, and if you’re really friends and you don’t agree, you’ll answer.”
Sharon says she later discovered that The Talk producers had originally asked panelist Elaine Welteroth to lead the interrogation.
The star added: “But she kept saying, ‘Where’s the proof that Piers is a racist? Where’s the evidence? Let me see’. Of course, they couldn’t show her because it was nothing.”
Sheryl is someone I’ve sat next to on the show for ten and a half years, someone I consider a friend, has been in and out of my house, and is friendly with my entire family. I was socked.
After the show aired, Sharon said, she was “dragged” into a room with Sheryl and the show’s two main producers, who told her the CBS executive “made us do it.” that”.
“I walked out of the meeting and told them all to go out on their own,” Sharon said.
“They called me when I got home and I was on the phone for 40 minutes, shouting at them and asking, ‘Why are you doing this? You’ve been my friend “.”
Although she has made a conscious decision to stay away from social media, those close to her became worried when the TV lover received death threats.
Speaking at her home in LA, Sharon – who has daughters Aimee, 38, and Kelly, 37, and son Jack, 36, and three grandchildren, said: “I’ve had people say, ‘We’re coming. in the night and chop you and your husband’, or, ‘We’ll chop your dogs to pieces’.
“They also said horrible things about my baby. It goes on and on and on. We had to have 24 hour security.
“I sold my car and got an unidentified getaway, and I remember going to the mall and being recognized by some girls.
“I was so scared that they might hit me so I went straight home.
“I didn’t hang out for long because I couldn’t stop crying. I can’t get out of bed because I’m a depressed person anyway. The only place I go is to see a therapist.”
After a friend recommended ketamine therapy, Sharon underwent three months of treatment. “They give you a shot of ketamine,” she said.
I’ve had people say, “We’ll come in the night and chop you up,” or, “We’ll cut your dogs to pieces.” They also said horrible things about my baby. It goes on and on and on. We had to have 24 hour security.
“It relaxes you and takes you to a place where you can’t crawl because you have no control over your mind.
“It puts you in a calm state so you can talk without reacting emotionally to certain questions. It helps you figure things out. ”
Given that Sharon has been candid about feeling suicidal in the past, would she have reached this point again?
“No, it’s different. I don’t feel betrayed by a loved one, it’s a friend and a corporation. It’s a different feeling. It was anger.”
After the incident, The Talk was halted for a month, and Sharon offered to do a private special session with experts on racism and sensitivity training “considering all we had to say.” and come to a conclusion so viewers can make their own decisions”.
She explained: “For what caused viewers to leave the show that I was accused of being racist? Nothing but ugly and women fighting endlessly.
“But they refused. We were going back and forth, and then they came up to me and said, ‘You’re on permanent suspension. We don’t know if we’ll ever get you back, it depends on how repentant you are for your actions’. “
‘Sheryl doesn’t exist’
CBS eventually released a statement saying: “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk.
“As part of our review, we have concluded that Sharon’s behavior towards her co-hosts on the March 10 episode was inconsistent with our values. I am about a respectful workplace.”
With a wry smile, Sharon said: “It’s because I said ‘F*** you’ to Sheryl in the commercial. Like no one had ever heard that before on the studio floor. Do you know how many times this entire studio has hysterically swore at me? ”
No, it’s different. I don’t feel betrayed by a loved one, it’s a friend and a corporation. It’s a different feeling. That is anger.
So how does she feel about Whoopi Goldberg was just suspended for two weeks from The View after denying the Holocaust was about race?
She said: “I know Whoopi and I respect her as an artist and a woman. She apologized, she was doing all the right things – and good for her.
“We all say things that aren’t true, don’t we? But you apologize and life goes on.”
Sharon wrote an open apology to anyone who felt she was offended during the debate on The Talk and explained that she had “Allowed me to be scared and appalled at being accused of discrimination.” race”. She told me she texted Sheryl three times to talk but her old friend never called her back.
Since when did she meet her?
“No, and I never wanted to. In my world she doesn’t exist”.
Looking back, would she have done differently?
“Yes. I would stand up, look at the camera and say, ‘Why are you doing this to me because we never rehearsed this, I was unprepared. There must be a reason why and I wanted viewers at home to know they were robbing me.’ That’s what I did.
“I played that scenario over and over in my mind for about eight months, and therapy helped me stop the obsession.
“What I don’t want to do is let it live in me. I have to take it out. I had to get it out of my brain and I did. I worked really hard.
I know Whoopi and I respect her as an artist and a woman. She apologized, she was doing all the right things – and good for her.
“I know that I am not a racist. Never and never will. I value people as human. Are you a good guy, or are you a bad guy? That’s it.
“But I don’t want to be a victim. I’m not.
“Hey, it happened and I got into something unprofessional.
“But I managed to get through it, I’m fine and I’m not ashamed of anything.”
This spring, she and rocker Ozzy will return to live in the UK, although they will be traveling back and forth to the US to see their grandchildren.
“We had plans to come back anyway, but getting this new job with TalkTV was tough,” she said. I haven’t worked in television for almost a year and I have a lot to say!
“I want to reevaluate my career and what I want to do.
“Of course, it rocked my foundation when a 69-year-old woman was forced out of CBS the way I did.
“So I wanted to take on this new job because the inclusive environment and culture it included allowed me to have conversations that reflect the real me.
“TalkTV understands who I am and who I am not.
“And they accept me for who I am and what I stand for.”
Her new show promises “frank views and frank debates”.
It sounded like the indomitable Mrs. O would be right at home.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/tv/4929396/sharon-osbourne-racism-death-threats/ Sharon Osbourne said: “I received death threats after my ‘friend’ accused me of racism.