Sharon Osbourne has opened up about her dramatic exit from CBS show The Talk – admitting that she has finally let go of any ‘anger’ over her dismissal over comments she made about Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan.
The former X Factor judge, 70, was removed from the program following a heated on-air debate with former co-star Sheryl Underwood in March 2021, in which she ferociously defended friend Piers after he was sacked from Good Morning Britain for not believing Meghan’s claims that she was suicidal.
Their explosive dispute forced production into a two-week hiatus with allegations then emerging that Osbourne made racist remarks about co-hosts behind the scenes at The Talk, which she vehemently denied.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com ahead of the return of The Osbournes Podcast, the star admitted that she is no longer upset about the situation – and ruled out discussing the fallout in the series.
Sharon Osbourne has opened up about her dramatic exit from CBS show The Talk – two years after she was removed from the program following a bitter on-screen debate
Dramatic exit: Sharon left The Talk in March 2021 after a controversy that began with her on-air defense of Piers Morgan, who said he did not believe Meghan Markle’s racism claims
‘I did all my ranting in the documentary that my son did on me,’ she said. ‘But it’s gone, any feelings of anger have long gone.
‘You just have to move on, don’t you? I’m not a victim. I’m not, you know, “Woe is me, everybody’s an a***hole,” we just move on, don’t we?
‘Everybody at CBS are a***holes, but you just move on… you can’t keep looking back.’
Reflecting on the incident, Osbourne continued: ‘When it happened to me, I didn’t want that to be my last thing that people know of me. You know, you don’t want it.’
Osbourne ended her run on the talk after 11 seasons in March 2021 amid the network’s investigation into allegations that she made racist comments.
The drama came to a head when she defended comments that Morgan made about the Duchess of Sussex.
During the discussion, Osbourne demanded of cohost Underwood: ‘Educate me, tell me when you have heard him say racist things… I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?’
The moment was contentious, and she later apologized.
Huge clash: Osbourne defended Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, which turned heated as Osbourne demanded ‘educate me’ on how Morgan is racist
Shock departure: CBS confirmed Osbourne’s exit in a statement
The clash was triggered by Meghan Markle’s remarks in her interview with Oprah, in which she accused the Royal Family of racism and said she was driven to suicidal thoughts
‘To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry,’ she said in a statement.
‘I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.’
But two former co-hosts then came forward to accuse her of making racist and homophobic comments.
Holly Robinson Peete said that Osbourne called her ‘too ghetto’ to producers, while Leah Remini, said she heard Osbourne say racist things about former co-host Julie Chen and homophobic things about The Talk creator Sara Gilbert.
Osbourne denied the allegations.
The Osbournes Podcast is officially returning on September 12 after five years away
Over two years have passed since the storm, and the TV presenter, who has moved over to TalkTV, has an array of exciting projects ahead of her – including the release of The Osbourne Podcast.
‘We never really had a filter and we’re not going to have one now,’ she said ahead of the podcast’s return after five long years.
‘It’s just really freeing to be able to say what you want to say even though sometimes you say things you shouldn’t or that you don’t really mean.
‘You know, you can always apologize.’
The Osbournes Podcast launches on Tuesday, September 12 on YouTube, Apple, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher