Sharon Osbourne speaks to Invoice Maher after leaving The Discuss.
Sharon Osbourne appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday, her first television interview since she left “The Talk” in late March after a heated discussion about the race on the CBS talk show earlier this month. Osbourne and Maher talked about “breaking culture” about personal complaints and manual labor, but little about responsibility and soul searching.
“How are you?” Maher Osbourne asked after going out to applaud.
“It’s so many different things,” replied Osbourne. “I’m angry. I’m hurt.”
The two have reappraised the events that led Osbourne to leave “The Talk”. On the controversial March 10 episode, Osbourne told other co-hosts that she felt besieged after defending her friend Piers Morgan’s comments that he “didn’t believe a word,” Duchess Meghan said in her bombshell interview a few days earlier Oprah Winfrey. Morgan quit his co-hosting on Good Morning Britain after his comments sparked viewer complaints and an investigation.
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“I feel like I’m about to be put on the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, and that makes me a racist,” she said on The Talk.
Maher summarized the incident as follows: “He was labeled a racist and lost his job, and you were labeled a racist and lost your job. Am I right?” Maher continued, “Who is the racist and why? I’m trying to find out.”
“Me too,” said Osbourne. “I’ve been called so many things in my life, I’m so used to being called by names, but a racist is one I won’t take.”
Maher continued, “You have to agree with everything Meghan Markle says, or are you a racist? Is that the standard now?”
Maher called Queen Elizabeth II “an old bag” and Duchess Meghan “girl”, arguing that the royal family is not uniquely tough on Meghan but “cold to everyone”.
“If you disagree with someone, you don’t become a racist,” insisted Osbourne, then went on to make allegations of her previous use of racial slurs against “disgruntled ladies”.
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Osbourne denied using some racist slurs in the past but not others. When asked about an incident in which she was accused of throwing a bow at an Iranian woman, Osbourne stated that the woman was a stranger who crashed her 25th wedding anniversary party and won a diamond necklace in a raffle have. Osbourne, who was angry at the time and was undergoing cancer treatment, confronted the woman. “I don’t know what I said to her, but it wasn’t very nice.”
What Osbourne and Maher specifically didn’t discuss is Osbourne’s treatment of their black co-host Sheryl Underwood in the March 10 episode. When Underwood asked what Osbourne would say to people who consider it racist to defend a person who made Morgan’s comments, Osbourne said, “How could I be racist towards anyone? How could I be racist towards anyone or anything in my life? How can I? “
When Underwood tried to answer, Osbourne interrupted her before Underwood went to the commercial when Osbourne was talking about her. The tone of the conversation did not improve when they returned, and Osbourne told Underwood not to cry. “If anyone should cry, it should be me,” she said.
Osbourne apologized on Twitter the next day, “to anyone of color I’ve insulted and / or to anyone who feels confused or disappointed by what I said.”
“The Talk” was then paused while CBS conducted an internal review of the matter. During the break, Osbourne told Entertainment Tonight that it had been “set up” and that former Osbourne co-hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini had accused them of racist behavior.
The network announced the departure of Osbourne, the remaining original co-host, on March 26th.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” the network said in a statement to the US TODAY. “The events of the March 10th show were annoying for everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior towards her co-hosts during the March 10th episode was not aligned with our values for a respectful workplace. “
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