Sharon Osbourne Calls Racism Claims Against Her To Be ‘An Absolute Lie…’
The controversy surrounding Sharon Osbourne and The Talk continues to intensify. The former AGT judge has now been accused of making racist and offensive remarks about her co-hosts.
CBS recently suspended The Talk after Sharon defended Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. Now Sharon is denying allegations that she made disparaging comments about her co-hosts.
Sharon Osbourne Accused Of Racism
On Tuesday, journalist Yashar Ali published a newsletter reporting that Sharon Osbourne referred to her Asian American co-host Julie Chen as “wonton” and “slanty eyes.”
Multiple sources, including former The Talk co-host Leah Remini, made the claims against her. Sources also said Sharon called former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, a “pussy licker” and “fish eater.”
Sharon told the Daily Mail that the claims are “crap, all crap.” She added, “Everyone’s got an opinion or a story like the wonton story. It’s like f**k off with your f**king wonton story. F**k off!”
Last week, former co-host Holly Robinson Peete tweeted that Sharon had called her too “ghetto” for the show. She added, “then I was gone,” and said she was “mortified” watching Sharon’s recent argument with Sheryl Underwood on the show.
Sharon called it a “pile on,” adding, “Everybody’s got an opinion and everybody’s got a voice – it’s fine. It’s about knowing somebody’s been called out for something and then somebody else is like, ‘yes!! I’m going to add something too.'”
‘The Talk’ Has Been Put On Hiatus
The controversy started last week when Sharon tweeted her support for fellow AGT judge Piers Morgan after he said he didn’t believe Meghan Markle’s remarks about experiencing racism and contemplating suicide.
Sharon tweeted, “I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.” Piers Morgan has since left Good Morning Britain.
After getting into a debate with Sheryl Underwood on The Talk, Sharon released a statement saying, in part, “I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying.”
CBS has since suspended The Talk to launch an investigation. The hiatus has been extended for the rest of the week. Sharon told Variety that she was “totally blindsided” by producers, claiming she wasn’t involved in the planning of the segment.
She added that Holly Robinson Peete’s claims were “an absolute lie,” denying that she called her “ghetto” or got her fired.