It looks like CBS’s The talk will temporary turn into The Shut Up, as CBS has opted to suspend a few days of taping any new live shows in the wake of the events last week, which saw co-hosts Sharon Osbourne & Sheryl Underwood in a racial debate. This, of course, spawned from Sharon Osbourne defending her friend and former America’s Got Talent co-host Piers Morgan after his comments regarding Meghan Markle.
Morgan, who on his own show slammed Meghan Markle over her interview with Oprah last week, has been the latest victim of #CancelCulture, due to him calling out Markle as a “liar” over her claims against the royals. Last week, Sharon Osbourne opted to go to bat for her friend Morgan on a taping of The talk, to which she noted how Morgan had his right to express his opinions in freedom of speech.
However, the wheels came off during this segment once Sharon Osbourne claimed Morgan was a racist, causing co-host Sheryl Underwood to calmly disagree with Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne then began to cry, stating that she felt like she was about to be placed in the metaphorical “electric chair” for defending her friend. Now, it appears that the other Talk co-hosts are spilling the tea on possibly really happening at The talk.
Behind the scenes
Involving now being reported that an internal investigation is underway at The talk after host Elaine Welteroth, as well as her hairstylist, complained of an alleged “racially insensitive and hostile work environment”. Page Six reported a source close to the situation told them that Welteroth and her hairstylist went to HR regarding Sharon Osbourne and her antics on The talk, specifically her exchange with Sheryl Underwood.
However, it seems as if Welteroth involving the only one angry at the segment as it painfully unraveled before our very eyes, as the same source pointed out to Page Six that Sharon Osbourne too felt heated of the segment regarding Morgan. Sharon Osbourne, perceived, felt that the segment was a “setup”, blindsiding her in a way that would create a more “explosive” TV moment. Well. . . be careful what you wish for, we guess.
“Showrunners Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews were confronted by Sharon after Wednesday’s show, and she grilled them about why they were preparing her for what was coming from Sheryl,” the source told Page Six. “Sharon felt the producers had been ordered not to prepare her and let her be blindsided on live TV because it would be more explosive and get more publicity. She is furious. ”
HR officially jumps in
Last Sunday afternoon, the staff of The talk was officially told that they were to be taping any more live shows until CBS finished conducting their own investigation. Page Six was able to exclusively reveal the memo, reading the following: “As a result of Wednesday’s taping, we want to make it clear that HR is actively involved in addressing the situation and concerns that have been brought to our attention. ”
It continued: “We are committed to a diverse, respectful and inclusive workplace and want to ensure that you are all aware of all the resources available to you should you wish to talk to someone. ”
The memo by CBS also offered recipients a list of emails as well as contact numbers for their human resources department, plus a 24-hour tip hotline to report any further concerns anonymously. In the wake of this huge blow up, Sharon Osbourne did go on to tweet a lengthy apology, which in short noted how she does not “condone racism, misogyny, or bullying.”
What do you make of all of this news coming out of CBS? Did you watch the Sharon Osbourne segment on The talk last week? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.