Sharon Osbourne leaves US show after racism talks

TV celebrity Sharon Osbourne left the US show after continuous racism talks.

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TV celebrity Sharon Osbourne left the US show after continuous racism talks.

Osbourne defended broadcaster Piers Morgan over his criticism of a high-profile TV interview given by the Duchess of Sussex. That led to a heated debate between the two and she left the show over racist comments.

TV network CBS took The Talk off-air while it carried out an investigation. In a statement on Friday, CBS said the events of the 10 March episode “were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home”. The investigation is going on and it might take another lead in this regard. However, CBS said it acknowledged the network, studio teams, and producers were “accountable for what happened during that broadcast” because “it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race”.

Sharon shared her experience over Twitter about what trouble she had to go through. In the interview, the duchess said she had suffered from her mental health and had suicidal thoughts during her time as a working member of the royal family.

When Underwood raised the tweet with her in an episode of The Talk, Osbourne said: “I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist.” After asking the host about the racist comments, replied that they were not racist remarks at all.  Sharon said, “I wish we could go on and have an adult conversation calmly and work it out but I don’t know whether we can,” she said.

Osbourne, who is married to rock star Ozzy and has appeared as a judge on The X Factor and other shows, had been a panelist on The Talk throughout its 11 years on the air.