- Sheryl Underwood said her former “Talk” host Sharon Osbourne had not reached out to her.
- In response, Osbourne shared screenshots of text messages that she says she sent to Underwood.
- The lyrics, dated March 12, 15 and 18, show Osbourne apologizing for their exchange on “The Talk”.
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Sharon Osbourne has shared screenshots of text messages she says she sent to Sheryl Underwood, who apologized for their heated on-air discussion about “The Talk” that led to Osbourne’s exit from the show.
Underwood covering Osbourne’s exit for the first time, Underwood talked about the drama on his podcast series of three early April episodes titled “Sharon Walks Away.”
Underwood was asked if Osbourne had reached out to her at all, to which Underwood replied categorically, “No.” Underwood shared his phone story to try to approve this claim, saying the two had not spoken since the last time they were on the set together.
However, Osbourne has now come forward and said she actually reached out to her former colleague.
Osbourne showed the Daily Mail screenshots of texts she says were sent to Underwood. The first of them was dated March 12, just two days after the initial dramatic discussion of “The Talk” began, which began when Osbourne defended his friend Piers Morgan against accusations of racism following his reactions to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
—Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 9, 2021
Osbourne’s text, according to the Daily Mail, said: “Sheryl, my heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened by the events that took place on Wednesday. I will not lose my true friend over this. I’m sorry to have told you to f – – off during the break, I’m sorry to accuse you of fake crying while we were in the air, and I’m sorry to have lost your temper with you. “
Osbourne wrote that she felt “shocked, scared and saddened” by the discussion that took place, adding that it felt like “a blind-sided attack.” Osbourne said she and Underwood had always had each other’s backs.
She signed the message by offering a phone call and wrote “Love and respect always – Sharon.”
The text conversation in the screenshots was left for three days until March 15, when Osbourne sent another text to Underwood.
It shows Osbourne messages: “I know you’re taking a seat and I do not want to respect that. I’m just reaching out because I want you [to] know I’m thinking of you. Can you speak before Wednesday if you are willing? “
Again, the text appears to be unanswered. Another three days later, on March 18, screenshots showed a third and final text: “Sheryl I’m thinking of you. Hope you are well. Sending my love.”
Along with these shared screenshots, Osbourne told the Daily Mail that she also apologized to Underwood in person in her dressing room. Osbourne did not specify how Underwood reacted, but she told the Mail: “Why do you say I never apologized, Sheryl? What are you trying to do to me? Why are you trying to ruin my reputation? Just be honest. Tell me. “
Insider has reached out to representatives of Underwood for comment.
This is the latest development in a saga that began when Osbourne left “The Talk” after a break and internal review of the show from CBS. The TV station concluded that Osbourne’s “behavior” on the March 10 episode did not match its values.
The investigation was launched after “Talk” host Elaine Welteroth and her hairdresser filed a complaint describing a “racially insensitive and hostile environment” on the show’s set. This came immediately after the heated exchange on March 10, when Osbourne broke down in tears defending Morgan.
Osbourne tweeted an apology for colored to the March 12 exchange.
—Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 12, 2021
Osbourne said she was “blindsided” by questions about Morgan on the March 10 show and that CBS executives had pushed her cohorts to ask questions about him. On her podcast, however, Underwood said she was the moderator of the particular discussion, and none of the questions came from higher up.
Osbourne was later accused of racism as well as homophobia by a former cohost, Leah Remini, who claimed that Osbourne called former cohost Julie Chen “slanted eyes” and “wonton” and called another former cohost, Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, “fish eater.”
Osbourne denied these allegations, saying she was created as a “sacrificial lamb.”