Sharon Osbourne is ready to see her argument on ‘The Talk’ in a different way. She claims that it was the a-ha moment that taught her about something real.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sharon said, “I very much want to listen to the youth,” which was telecasted on Tuesday. “Do I have my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, with the Black situation in this country? No.”
She is currently facing backlashes for the serious accusations that she had been using racist and homophobic lines while she was talking about her former colleagues on the CBS talk show.
The co-host faced a barrage of criticism when the journalist Yashar Ali became a lightning rod in a story written by her on Tuesday. “Talk” co-host Leah Remini gave statements that are cited in the story.
“The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,” Osbourne’s spokesperson Howard Bragman said in a statement to CNN in response to the allegations raised in Ali’s report. “For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial, and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK, and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history, and the bitterness coming out at this moment.”
The accusations were open to criticism publicly when the CBS talk show took a brief hiatus. The debate between co-hosts Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood regarding Osbourne’s support of her longtime friend, Piers Morgan quickly got heated.
The “Entertainment Tonight” interview is apparently taken before Ali published her story.
“Sheryl turns around and asks me this question and….she was reading it off a card. It wasn’t on my cards,” Osbourne said. “And then [another co-host] Elaine [Welteroth]’s reading her questions and I’m like, ‘I’ve been set up.’ They’re setting me up. My anger was like, ‘I cannot believe this, I’m your sacrificial lamb.'”
Osbourne tried to apologize to Underwood and said she has “nothing but respect and so much affection for” her.
“I am not a racist and if you can’t have a go at your friend who happens to be Black, does that make me racist because I said certain things to my friend, but I said them on camera?” Osbourne said. “I will keep on apologizing to Sheryl, even if I decide not to go back, I will still keep apologizing to Sheryl.”
In response to Ali’s story, Osbourne’s publicist issued a statement.
“The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,” it reads. “For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial, and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the U.K., and other gestures of kindness too many to name.”