Sharon Osbourne had a heated debate with her The Talk co-star Sheryl Underwood last week and now the American programme has been taken off air. CBS confirmed that the show is under “internal review” and will be going into a hiatus in the meantime.
The 68-year-old has since said she was “caught off guard” in Wednesday’s instalment, which saw her talk about her support for Piers Morgan, following his comments about Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The former Good Morning Britain host was accused of racism by Sheryl, who also said that Sharon’s tweet in support of him could be misconstrued.
Sharon has since apologised “to anyone of colour” that she may have been offended while discussing the matter on air.
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In a statement, the network said: “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.”
On Friday, Sharon admitted that she had been blindsided by the whole segment, as she hadn’t been involved in the planning of the programme.
She said she was “so hurt” and “stunned” as her co-star had had the time to prepare questions.
“But then I get on there, I say my piece and Sheryl turns around straight-faced, looks at me and is reading from a card with questions.
“I was just so hurt, caught off guard and stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared. I was honestly in shock.
“I felt like I was in front of a firing squad. I felt like a lamb held out for slaughter. They had me there for 20 minutes.”
Earlier in the week, Sharon had tweeted her support for friend Piers.
“@piersmorgan 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,” she wrote on March 9.
Following the programme, Sharon returned to the micro-blogging site to issue an apology, in view of her 2.3 million followers.
“To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said.
“I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.”
She went to say that she was “not perfect” and “will continue to learn, listen and do better” in the future.