Underwood addressed its former cohosts exit long-term it three various episodes of her podcast.
After remaining silent in the press as the controversy erupted through “The Talk”
;, Sheryl Underwood finally spoke about Sharon Osbourne’s exit from the morning show – and it did not take long for Osbourne to strike back at one of her claims.
ICYMI: Underwood questioned Osbourne over her defense of Piers Morgan in “The Talk” last month after he attacked Meghan Markle after her bomb interview with Oprah Winfrey. The exchange between Osbourne and Underwood exploded when Underwood said some considered Morgan’s attack on Markle racist, while Osbourne demanded proof and expressed concern for himself to come out as a racist to defend him. The show went on hiatus, an internal investigation was conducted, and Osbourne “decided to leave.”
“I felt like there was an investigation, be quiet,” Underwood said, explaining his original silence on his podcast – in three episodes titled “Sharon Goes Away.” She added: “I want to be ready, I do not have the power to hire, I do not have the power to shoot.”
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While Osbourne has said she felt “blindsided” by the discussion, Underwood said that as a moderator that day, none of her questions came from executives or producers. She said the only input she got from the producers was help on how to shape the issues in a way that would guide the conversation and not come across struggle.
“When I talked about what I wanted to ask in a way that was not perceived as offensive – I already thought, I thought this would go to the left. In my gut, I thought this would go to the left,” she explained. “And so I would put it in its proper order, be very calm, but there were a few people who criticized me on it – ‘Why do you give someone f — s about someone’s feelings? They give no f– – about yours. ‘It’s not about the person’s reaction, it’s about me and who I’m trying to develop and mature to be. “
Underwood said she has not spoken to Osbourne since their last day on set together. “I’ve been looking through my phone,” she added when her cohosts said Sharon claimed she reached out. Then she rolled back through her call log in the air and did not correct her cohorts as they called Sharon a “liar”. Later in the podcast, Underwood vaguely said she received text messages from anyone – without saying who – who read: “I understand what you’re going through and I know you need your space.”
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In an attempt to prove she actually reached out to Underwood, Osbourne leaked her text messages to her former cohost to DailyMail on Tuesday. “Not only did I send these messages to Sheryl, but I personally apologized to her in her dressing room,” she told the publication. “Why do you say I’ve never apologized to Sheryl? What are you trying to do to me? Why are you trying to ruin my reputation? Just be honest. Tell me.”
In the texts published on DailyMail, Osbourne wrote that her “heart is heavy” and that she was “deeply saddened” by their quarrels. “I’m sorry to have told you to take a break, I’m sorry to accuse you of fake crying while we were live in the air, and I’m sorry to have lost your temper with you,” she continued . Osbourne reportedly followed up a few days later, saying that while she understood Sheryl needed space, they were hoping they could talk or she could help Underwood “heal”.
She reportedly followed it up with two more texts, but all went unanswered. TooFab has reached out to Underwood’s representative for further comment.
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During her podcast, Underwood added that she had not heard “personally” from other former cohosts in the wake, although Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete had both spoken with their own allegations about Osbourne in the days following the incident.
Sheryl said she and Sharon were “quick friends” when Underwood joined the show – claiming she had been warned about her cohost before taking the job. “I heard things and I was like, ‘They have nothing to do with me,'” she said. “My thing is I want to get to know you first. I had heard things and I got phone calls from this and that and everything, so what I said to these people, I said, ‘Thanks for the information. ” Because listen, in this business you have all kinds of personalities, right? “
Underwood added that she felt a “strange feeling” about how Sharon initially apologized when her first post did not directly mention Sheryl at all. Osbourne went on to speak underwood specifically in follow-up interviews.
“Many said” Sharon Osbourne was not your friend. “I can see how people are feeling. I can see that,” Underwood continued. “Many people felt who would do it? What friend would do it?”
“I still love the Osbournes from what I have known about them. I know nothing but what I have experienced with them and this thing that has happened is disappointing to me,” she added. “And maybe people will not hear me say, ‘I still love Osbournes.’ “I’m not saying I liked being treated the way I was treated. I’m very disappointed. And I’m just trying to navigate my feelings about it because it was a trauma.”
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After saying she could not “fight” in the air because she knew she would be painted as “the angry black woman,” Underwood said the incident allowed her to demonstrate how she has grown and matured.
“Many say why would be grateful that they were attacked orally? I might say one, two people were caught when I said I was matured. I had never had a chance to show it,” he explained. she. “I had never had a chance to demonstratively show that I was matured because everyone else’s expectation of me was anger or immaturity or reaction to any attack with disgraceful language. Now you hear me say when you want to be defensive and attack, put your weapon down, because then you can think clearly. Remove the ball from your fists. Do not be so quick to defend. “
“The disappointment was not only what happened that day, but every interview, every statement, everything leaked after the fact that I had to show, held the maturity firm?” she added. “I could have reacted to everything in the media, could I not? Every lie, every leak, every deception.”
By Morgan himself, Underwood said she believes he has said and done things “people might perceive as racist,” and whether or not he actually is, he fed into it in a way that has consequences. “You dealt with it, people liked it, the polarization backed you into a corner, and now you want to portray yourself as the victim,” she added. “Why are you now the victim as opposed to those who are really victims?”
She also said she hopes people continue to watch “The Talk” and says she wants viewers to “pray for our development.”
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