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After a tumultuous month-long hiatus, The Talk returned on Monday, wasting no time delving into the race-related controversy that led to co-host Sharon Osbourne’s departure.
Sheryl Underwood, co-host , addressed the audience right at the beginning of the show and said, « It’s time for an episode of The Talk that will be different from any other we’ve had before. » As you may know, during our hiatus, Sharon decided to leave The Talk. We need to process the events of this day and the events since in order for us to come to the healing. For the next hour we will honestly discuss what happened and examine some of our feelings. We’ll also show you how everyone can feel more comfortable discussing important topics and having difficult conversations. By the end of the lesson, we want everyone to feel empowered and ready to move forward. “
The talk has been since the March 10 episode, a now infamous hour, when the hosting panel debated whether British TV personality Piers Morgan’s comments on Meghan Markle were racist. Osbourne has been very vocal, both in her defense of Morgan and in her apparent concern that if she offered her support, she would be viewed as racist. At several points in the heated conversation, Osbourne spoke about Underwood, which led to social media posts criticizing Osbourne’s behavior.
Osbourne publicly apologized the next day and tweeted that she was « panicking » and « blind. » « felt that people might think they were racist. She « went defensive, letting my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over. There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism. I’m not perfect, I’m still learning like the rest of the world us and will continue to learn to listen and do better. ”
After an internal review of the incident, CBS announced on March 26th that Osbourne » has decided to leave The Talk, « adding that Osbourne’s behavior « Was inconsistent with our values for a respectful workplace to her co-hosts during the March 10th episode. ”