Sharon Osbourne is no longer on The Talk, but her disagreement with former co-host Sheryl Underwood continues.
Underwood used his podcast, The world according to Sheryl, to break his silence about Osbourne’s expulsion from the CBS talk show. During the conversation, which took place over three episodes, Underwood claimed that Osbourne had not reached out or apologized since the March 10 big blast. Now Osbourne is publicly disputing it – with screenshots of text messages she says she sent.
“I did not just send these messages to Sheryl,” Osbourne told Daily mail, “but I apologized to her personally in her dressing room”
Screenshots Osbourne delivered for the tabloid show texts dated March 12, 15 and 18. In the first message – written the same day, Osbourne publicly apologized – Osbourne wrote that her “heart is heavy” and she was “deeply saddened” by their screen fight, which was triggered by Osbourne, who defended Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle in the middle of a heated on-air discussion about racism.
“I do not want to lose my true friend because of this. I’m sorry to have told you to settle down during the break, I’m sorry to accuse you of fake crying while we were in the air, and I “I’m sorry to have lost my temper with you,” she wrote. “I felt shocked, scared and saddened by what felt like a blind-sided attack. You know me. You know how I’ve always had your back. We have survived everyone on this show and it’s because we’ve always been a team and had each other’s backs. I consider you a true friend. If you want to talk on the phone this weekend I’m here. Once again deep from my heart sorry “Is there anything you need from me or that I can do to help you heal? Love and respect always – Sharon.”
Osbourne claims she followed up with two other messages, including one that said she hoped they could “talk” and try to “cure,” but they went unanswered.
Underwood covered Osbourne’s departure from the show in a three-part podcast called “Sharon Walks Away.” In episode two, she was asked if she had talked to Osbourne since the heated show that made Osbourne deny she was racist.
“No,” Underwood replied – and she did not correct a co-host’s comment suggesting that Osbourne was a liar to claim in an interview that she had called Underwood.
“Listen – I’ve been looking through my phone,” Underwood replied as she seemed to scroll through her call log. “I have gone as far back as possible.”
Later in the podcast, Underwood said she received a text message from someone who did not say who was standing, “I understand what you’re going through and I know you need your space.” (Two of the texts Osbourne sent Underwood referred to “taking place.”
During the podcast, Underwood was asked if she apologized to Osbourne for what happened. “Anyone more excuses? She replied, saying that she apologized in the air as well as after the show.
Underwood also denied that the producers were asking questions to the “blind side”, which Osbourne had claimed. She said she served as moderator that day and received input from producers on how to order the questions. She said she knew that before the show aired, things could go sideways.
She also said she has not heard from any previous host of the Osbourne drama. Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, co-hosts of season 1, both claimed that Osbourne used racist and homophobic encouragement while discussing former co-hosts Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert.
Underwood also said she and Osbourne were “quick friends” when they started working together in season 2. They often texted, and she wanted advice from Osbourne, an experienced showbiz veterinarian. So over the last few weeks, she questioned “why” this happened, and “I want to say it: why did it [Osbourne] do against me? You’re talking about 10 years of sitting next to someone. ”
Underwood suggested that if Osbourne handled the aftermath differently, she could still be on the show. She also made it clear that she has nothing to say about whether anyone is hired or fired from the show, noting that it’s all up to exercise.
After the March 10 show – in which Osbourne urged Underwood to “educate” her about racism during the heated debate over Morgan and said that Markle lied about experiencing racism – Osbourne issued an apology to the black community. However, CBS called for an investigation into the show – and the show went on hiatus, which was extended several times. In the end, CBS said Osbourne – who gave many interviews in the middle of the investigation – would not be back, but framed it when she decided to leave.
Underwood said the show returns April 12 – and they will be live, presumably with the remaining co-hosts Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth – discussing what has happened over the past month. Underwood said there might even be a replacement for Osbourne before then, noting that the network likes five hosts.
She added that she hopes viewers – including those who promise to boycott after Osborne’s departure – give the show a chance despite recent inequalities and notes that shakeups have often revived shows, including rival The view.
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