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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

14 Responses

  1. wow, fired for doing her job?! its their job to ‘talk’ and seems like people aren’t even allowed to discuss anything on tv now without cancel culture striking again. It would be a pretty boring show if they all sat there agreeing with each other about everything. If she had said something overtly racist yes fire her, but this is just ludicrous. On the other hand, perhaps they were looking to get rid of her for some other reason we don’t know about & this just gave them an excuse.

  2. ‘Coordinating workshops’ sounds like another way of describing conformity, I’m not sure how lively diverse debate will survive if those who believe they are always correct have there way managing political agendas, society is diverse and multi faceted after all, with many voices not just one.

  3. There was a lot of cockiness from Americans when Piers quit GMB. People saying “thank god we Americans have our 1st amendment, what happened in the uk would never happen here”. well well.

  4. This is a huge mistake by CBS. She ‘doesn’t align with our values’ …well how come that you’ve let her have 11 years on air? It just highlights what a totally screwed up place USA is. Everything over there is becoming polarised into echo chambers, it is a terrible culture. What would have been better would for Sheryl and Sharon to have a planned discussion about race, racial issues and the subtlety of implied racism over many decades and how to move forward together. Instead no one talks to each other…pathetic

  5. Yeah – I don’t think she should have been fired/asked to leave/whatever happened from this incident.

    It was a discussion that was emotionally charged due to a variety of factors (the racial issue at hand, Sharron talking about her friend)

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