Sharon Osbourne out of The Talk
Another case of a network saying a presenter's behaviour "did not align with our values."
Sharon Osbourne has departed The Talk after 11 seasons, following an investigation by CBS.
CBS announced that Osbourne, has “decided to leave” the show.
The investigation began after her comments defending UK friend Piers Morgan but led to new allegations by former co-hosts. Osbourne denied those claims, publicly accusing CBS executives of being behind the segment, which she calls “a setup.” The network also found hosts were not well prepared for a discussion by producers.
“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her cohosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts,” the statement said. “At the same time, we acknowledge the network and studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the cohosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.”
The network added that they have been “coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew.”
Additionally, CBS said, “going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
For her original controversy on Piers Morgan, Osbourne had apologised and vowed to “do better.”
The Talk airs in Australia on 10.
Source: US Weekly