CBS launches ‘internal review’ of ‘The Talk’ after Sharon Osbourne’s discussion of racism

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CBS says Sharon Osbourne’s heated discussion about race, spurred by her previous support for Piers Morgan, on Wednesday’s episode of “The Talk” is now under review.

“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All issues related to Wednesday’s episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review,” a network spokesperson told Fox. News in a press release.

On Wednesday, Osbourne made headlines for her exchange with Sheryl Underwood, co-host of “The Talk”. The two, along with Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth, discussed the overwhelming reaction Morgan received this week for her controversial comments on Meghan Markle following the Duchess and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During Wednesday’s chat, Ozzy Osbourne’s 68-year-old wife clarified her support for Morgan, which she initially posted on Twitter. She explained that while she disagreed with Morgan’s opinion, she supported him.

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“I know he has the right to say what he feels during the interview, as we have the right to say and everyone has the right to say how he feels with freedom of speech “she said from” Entertainment Tonight “. “Did I like everything he said? Do I agree with what he said? No, because that’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion.”

CBS reviews Wednesday's episode of `` The Talk '' which featured Sharon Osbourne clarifying her previous support for Piers Morgan.
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CBS reviews Wednesday’s episode of “ The Talk ” which featured Sharon Osbourne clarifying her previous support for Piers Morgan.
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Osbourne continued: “But why is it because I have supported a longtime friend and co-worker for years that everyone goes away, if you support him then you must be racist because that he’s a racist? “

Co-host Kloots said: “It is always very difficult to see a good friend go through a difficult situation, to know them on a different level and to really know their personal heart and mind,” adding that she understands why. the former reality TV star reaching out to support her old friend.

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However, Underwood said he tried to speak with Morgan about how his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex had ‘racist implications’.

“He doesn’t want to understand how Meghan was treated as racism and then says … ‘I don’t see him as racist – I don’t believe what she’s going through’ – it’s that right, that white privilege it makes him racist on himself, ”said the comedian. “So if you say ‘I’m with you,’ how do you address people who say you oppose racism? I’m not saying you are.”

Welteroth said it would have been Osbourne’s opportunity to “stand up for anti-racism”.

“When we give passes or give space to people who say damaging and harmful things, what we’re sort of doing is [permitting] “She said.” And I think that’s what people are reacting to.

Osbourne then asked, “So if I love Piers and he’s seen as a racist, I’m a racist? Is that what you’re saying?”

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The other women explained that they didn’t see it that way, but saw how Morgan’s comments – particularly that he didn’t believe Markle’s claims, which included racism and health issues mental – were racist.

“You’re entitled to the rest of your opinions, but when you sidestep his experience and don’t acknowledge that experience of racism, you distract yourself with all this other information about being a royalist,” Welteroth said.

Osbourne took to social media on Friday to post a lengthy statement explaining that she had made “a thought.”

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“After sitting down with your comments and sitting with my heart, I would like to bring up the discussion on The Talk last Wednesday. I have always been greeted with so much love and support from the black community and I ‘have a deep respect and love for black people. To anyone of color that I have offended and / or to anyone who feels confused or disappointed with what I have said, I am so sorry, ”begins the Osbourne statement.

She went on to say that she felt “panicked, felt blind, got on the defensive and let my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.”

“There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism, so feeling associated with it made me spin fast! I’m not perfect, I’m still learning like we are and will continue to learn , listen and do better, “Osbourne’s statement continues.

The “Talk” co-host then condemned racism.

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“Please listen to me when I say I don’t condone racism, misogyny or bullying. I should have been more specific about this in my tweet. I will always support free speech , but now I see how I didn’t do this unintentionally. I hope we can collectively continue to learn from each other and ourselves so that we can all continue to lead the way for growth and a much needed change. The community of this platform means a lot to me. I hope we can all others with responsibility, compassion and love during this powerful time which has paved the way for much needed change ”, a- she concluded.

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.

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