‘The Talk’ Under Internal Review Amid Sharon Osbourne Racism Controversy
CBS is currently reviewing “all matters” related to Sharon Osbourne’s defense of Piers Morgan on “The Talk” this week and the subsequent backlash.
“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review,” the network said in a statement Friday.
Osbourne came under fire earlier this week after her public defense of longtime friend Piers Morgan led to an on-air meltdown and an emotional conversation with co-host Sheryl Underwood about race on Wednesday.
Also read: Sharon Osbourne Apologizes for Defending Piers Morgan: ‘I Panicked, Felt Blindsided, Got Defensive’
Gallery: Rachel Lindsay Calls Out Hannah Brown for Deleting Southern Belle Photo (US Weekly)
Hannah Brown et al. posing for the camera: Speaking her mind. Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and her “Higher Learning” podcast cohost Van Lathan hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Monday, February 15, to answer fan’s questions — and she did not hold back. Lindsay, 35, answered numerous questions about different Bachelor Nation topics, many about race following the latest controversy regarding Rachael Kirkconnell. The current Bachelor contestant, 24, came under fire when past racially charged Instagram photos that she “liked” resurfaced, as well as photos of her in 2018 at an Old South party on a plantation.
(Heavens to Betsy – haven’t these people heard about “costume parties.” in the past. The problem with these young’uns – they never studied the HISTORY of the U.S. in school One of them doesn’t know what fun we had in those days.)
On February 9, Lindsay asked host Chris Harrison for his thoughts on the posts and he seemingly defended Kirkconnell — who has since apologized — and asked the Texas native if her social media actions are only a bad thing because it’s 2021. “These girls got dressed up and went to a party and had a great time, they were 18 years old. Now, does that make it OK? I don’t know Rachel, you tell me,” the producer, 49, said during an Extra interview. “Were we all looking through [that lens] in 2018?” After backlash, Harrison later apologized and has temporarily stepped away from the show, announcing he will not host the upcoming After the Final Rose special. “I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed,” his February 10 statement read. “While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry.” However, that conversation and Kirkconnell’s social media past are only the latest issues with the franchise, which up until January 2021, never had a Black Bachelor. During the AMA, Lindsay revealed what changes the show needs to endure and also spoke out about Hannah Brown, who came under fire in May after saying the N-word during an Instagram Live and vowed to do better. Scroll through the gallery below for a breakdown of what Lindsay said during the AMA:
In the run-up to the episode, Osbourne voiced support for Morgan on social media after the “Good Morning Britain” commentator was called out for his disparaging statements about Meghan Markle.
Osbourne then said on-air that she felt as though she was “about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist.” She further pushed back when Underwood, who is Black, attempted to explain how Morgan’s treatment of Markle could be interpreted as racist and sexist.
“When you have heard him say racist things?” Osbourne exclaimed. “Educate me! Tell me!”
Also read: Piers Morgan Demands Apology From ‘The Talk’ for ‘Disgraceful Slurs’ Against Him
Osbourne later apologized in a lengthy statement on Twitter, writing, “I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.”
“Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying,” she wrote. “I should have been more specific about that in my tweet. I will always support freedom of speech, but now I see how I unintentionally didn’t make that clear distinction.”
For his part, Morgan said Osbourne was “shamed and bullied” into walking back her comments and called for an apology from the other “The Talk” co-hosts on behalf of himself, citing their “disgraceful slurs against ME.”
For a minute, I thought – finally – someone has enough guts to stand up to these liberal bullies. At least, Osbourne called her out and later walked back her statement to save her future. We know what is in her heart.
Anyone who uses the word “racist” against another person needs to further explain as Osbourne requested which the co-host never did. Just another co-host “chicken” in the liberal pot who only knows the word and not the definition. CLUCK/CLUCK!