The Talk has reportedly extended its hiatus yet again over the ongoing controversy about its co-hostess Sharon Osbourne defending her friend Piers Morgan.
Osbourne, 68, has been accused of racism after standing by Morgan during his own scandal regarding his vehement denunciations of Meghan Markle.
Amid the furor the show was put on hiatus first until this past Tuesday, then until this coming Tuesday and now until at least the end of next week, Deadline reports.
Roiling: The Talk has reportedly extended its hiatus yet again over the ongoing controversy about its co-hostess Sharon Osbourne defending her friend Piers Morgan
Apparently a decision has not even been made yet about when the program will be back on the airwaves.
The news comes two days after Cyndi Lauper defended ‘my friend’ Osbourne from the furious backlash she has received.
Lauper shared an image of Sharon embracing her at her Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony back in April 2016 along with a lengthy caption which read: ‘I wanted to come out publicly to support my friend @sharonosbourne.
Support system: Cyndi Lauper has defended friend Sharon Osbourne with an Instagram post on Thursday after her defense of friend Piers Morgan raised reports of racist behavior by the The Talk hostess
‘I have known her for a long time and I do not believe that she is racist. I understand that she may have misspoken, used the wrong words, and acted in ways that have been hurtful to others.’
The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun hitmaker also went on to say that her friend Osbourne may not have expressed contrition in the best way but nobody’s perfect.
Lauper explained: ‘ She may have even flubbed her apology. But I do believe that she is sincere in trying to make things right. We all make mistakes.
Defense: The 67-year-old singer (seen in January 2020) shared the post with a lengthy caption which said ‘I do believe that she is sincere in trying to make things right’
‘I could not sit by and not say something. We all want to be given second chances but no one wants to give a second chance. We all want to be forgiven but no one wants to forgive.’
She concluded by saying that she hopes that the public will allow Osbourne to show that she is sorry and willing to evolve.
Lauper concluded: ‘I believe that Sharon is sincere in her desire to apologize and change. I hope that everyone will be at least willing to hear her out.’
Pals: Lauper and Osbourne embracing at Cyndi’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony back in April 2016
Sharon found herself at the center of scandal after defending friend Piers Morgan for walking off during a tense conversation about Meghan Markle live on Good Morning Britain.
Her defense of Piers prompted a heated discussion with co-host Sheryl Underwood, where an emotional Osbourne demanded Underwood – a Black woman – explain how Piers was guilty of racism.
‘Educate me!’ Osbourne demaned with tears in her eyes. ‘Tell me when you have heard him say racist things.’
Interesting: Sharon found herself at the center of scandal after defending friend Piers Morgan for walking off during a tense conversation about Meghan Markle live on Good Morning Britain
Afterwards accusations Sharon had used racist and homophobic language to describe her co-hosts emerged, claiming Osbourne called Julie Chen a ‘won-ton’ and Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, a ‘fish-eater,’ among other offenses.
And while it’s said that Sharon’s place at The Talk table is in jeopardy, others have come to her defense, decrying ‘cancel culture’ and urging people to give the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne a second chance.
Lauper is not the only one who has come to the defense of Osbourne as journalist Lisa Ling also commented on the situation, saying she dislikes ‘cancel culture’ and believes Sharon should have a chance to redeem herself.
CNN’s Ling offered her opinion during an impromptu interview at the airport, saying: ‘I am not a fan of cancel culture, Sharon has always been kind to me.
‘I hope that she recognizes that she has misspoken and said some things that are very hurtful to people and I hope she can reconcile that in herself.’
She went on to underscore the power of apologies, saying: ‘I have always been someone who believes that if you sincerely apologize you should be given an opportunity to redeem yourself and do better.’
Meanwhile, Sharon has slammed any accusations of racism, exclusively telling DailyMail.com the reports were ‘all crap’ coming from ‘little people.’
Defender: CNN’s Lisa Ling offered her opinion during an impromptu interview at the airport, saying: ‘I am not a fan of cancel culture, Sharon has always been kind to me’
Do better: She went on to underscore the power of apologies, saying: ‘I have always been someone who believes that if you sincerely apologize you should be given an opportunity to redeem yourself and do better’
‘Everyone’s got an opinion or a story like the wonton story. It’s like f**k off with your f**king wonton story. F**k off!’ she said.
‘Everybody’s got an opinion and everybody’s got a voice – it’s fine. It’s about knowing somebody’s been called out for something and then somebody else is like, ‘yes!! I’m going to add something too.’
‘Of course, it’s a pile on. People want to add fuel to the fire and it comes with the territory and that’s fine.’
Osbourne has been at the center of a race storm since defending long-time friend Piers Morgan during an episode of The Talk that aired last Wednesday.
Explicit denial: The TV veteran, 68, added: ‘Everyone’s got an opinion or a story like the wonton story. It’s like f**k off with your f**king wonton story. F**k off!
And on Tuesday the allegations piled on when sources revealed to journalist Yashar Ali that Osbourne has a history of making racist references to her co-hosts.
During the show, Osbourne and co-host Sheryl Underwood, 57, became embroiled in an argument about Morgan’s take on Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The bust-up has left her friendship with Underwood hanging by a thread, angry about the ensuing pile-on and with her career at CBS in doubt.
Although she says she is being supported by her friends, family, Morgan and her co-stars – albeit Underwood aside – she told DailyMail.com the furor has been tough to take.
She said: ‘It’s been a really, really bad week – a lot of mental pressure and heartache.’
CBS has extended The Talk’s hiatus for yet another week after Sharon Osbourne was accused of frequently calling former co-host Julie Chen a ‘wonton’ and ‘slanty eyes’
Osbourne told DailyMail.com that she wasn’t warned that a debate was coming and had been prepped beforehand for four completely different segments.
She says she was blindsided and stunned to discover her co-hosts were questioning her using cue cards on a part of the show that is usually ad-libbed.
Osbourne says it was at this point, she realized she had been set up by producers intent on creating headlines and CBS bigwigs angry with her for defending Morgan who they believe ‘tarnished’ their top rated Markle interview with his comments.
Morgan told Good Morning Britain viewers that he didn’t believe a word Markle said and added: ‘I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report’.
Osbourne was later accused of racism for backing Morgan’s right to voice an opinion, while Morgan has now left Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologize for his comments.
Osbourne told DailyMail.com that she later discovered The Talk’s producers had initially asked Elaine Welteroth to lead the questioning but she refused when they were unable to provide her with any evidence of Morgan’s alleged racism.
She said: ‘I found out later on, they’d asked Elaine to start off the segment and she said, no I’m not doing it.
‘She kept saying, ‘where’s the evidence that Piers is a racist? Where’s the evidence? Show me’. Of course, they couldn’t show her anything because there wasn’t anything.’
On Tuesday the allegations piled on when sources revealed to journalist Yashar Ali that Osbourne has a history of making racist references to her co-hosts
Osbourne (far right) and Underwood (second from left) got into a heated exchange over Osbourne’s support for her friend Piers Morgan (third from left), who has come under fire for comments he made about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Morgan posted this photo in February 2020 of the show’s former panel from last year. From left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Underwood, Morgan, Marie Osmond, and Osbourne
Osbourne said: ‘I just think Piers tarnished their perfect interview that’s been so well received in America – I can’t talk for the rest of the world, I can only say here.
‘Especially the younger kids here, they are totally behind Harry and Meghan and that’s great.
‘Piers tarnished it for them and I think they’re pissed. Pissed with me for sticking up for him and I think that’s it.’
Having realized she had been ‘set up’, she lost her temper and became angrier still when the debate wasn’t ended after the first commercial break but allowed to continue for another 20 minutes.
She says she was left even more furious when Morgan – and her by association – were accused of being racist, despite producers ‘not having a shred of evidence’.
Osbourne said: ‘It’s hurtful but the thing is, when you’re tarred with that, you can’t defend it because the more you defend it, the worse it is for you.
‘You know, it’s like that line that people use – oh some of my best friends are black and you come out with ridiculous statements. Well I’m not going to do that.
‘Yes, I blew my bloody wad on the show and I went nuts, I went nuts. All these thoughts were going through my head while I was answering these questions and I knew I’d been blindsided.
‘They’d set me up. They’d set me up. The producers never told me. If they’d said to me, listen, the execs here aren’t happy with what’s gone on with you and Piers – we’ve got to try and sort this situation out, the girls are going to ask you these questions, blah, blah. Bring me in on it. Don’t blindside me.
‘If they’d said these execs aren’t happy, I’d have worked on it with them. But give me a chance. Don’t bloody surprise attack me on national TV live for 20 minutes when it was meant to be four other segments.
Osbourne has faced criticism over her an on-air feud with Underwood after she was accused of being racist for defending her friend Piers Morgan in the wake of his Meghan Markle comments
The Talk was initially put on hiatus until Wednesday while executives investigated. Following the Chen and Gilbert allegations, CBS issued a statement saying it had extended the broadcast suspension until next Tuesday
‘We were meant to talk about fu**ing Pepe Le Pew and they let this go on.’
The fight has now seen the show put on hiatus until next Tuesday while bosses complete an investigation into the episode that was requested by Osbourne herself.
Meanwhile, former co-stars Julie Chen and Leah Rimini have publicly come out to complain that Osbourne once referred to Chen as ‘a wonton’ and Rimini as being ‘ghetto’.
The claims came shortly after another former co-star, Holly Robinson Peete, also accused Osbourne of saying she was ‘ghetto’ and allegedly got her fired.
The mom-of-two has strongly denied Robinson Peete’s claims and added to DailyMail.com: ‘In situations like this, you’re always going to get people who you’ve had disagreements with in the past, people who’ve got axes to grind, who come out of the woodwork and they’ll come out with their BS and that’s it. It doesn’t surprise me at all. It doesn’t surprise me.’
She added: ‘Being accused of racism is no joke. Now they get their sweet revenge. I can’t even address it because it’s kids in a schoolyard.
‘Coming out with stupid, childish comments – it’s like really? That’s all you’ve got?’
Asked if she had ever called Chen a wonton, she added: ‘It’s all crap. It’s all crap. I don’t want to go there with her. She makes her living out of outing people. So, it’s like come on.
‘It’s got no real foundation. Allegations of calling a Chinese lady a wonton, it’s like – is that all you’ve got? It’s like really?’
Osbourne added: ‘All these little people who want to come out with a story about [Piers] or me from the 70s or 80s or whatever, it’s like f**k you all.
‘I couldn’t care less. And I’m not going to defend myself. It’s like, oh shut up – I’m too bloody busy.’
Osbourne told DailyMail.com that she suspects the row will now cost her place on The Talk but hopes the CBS investigation will at least give her answers to who gave the order blindside her and why.
After she faced a backlash and accusations of racism following Wednesday’s show, Osbourne issued a statement (above) Friday apologizing ‘to anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down’
She said: ‘I kind of think they’re going use me as a sacrificial lamb and fire me. It’s fine. It’s fine. It hasn’t happened yet but I’m sure it will.
‘If that’s what they want to do, so be it. I’m a big girl. I lost my cool in there [on the show], I did. I totally lost it and came off so horribly defensive. I can only learn from that.
‘I don’t know what they’ll do. It’s a big, ugly mess. But I didn’t start it. I didn’t start it. It’s down to the producers of the show.’
Despite the row, Osbourne says she doesn’t regret standing up for Morgan and denied apologizing for her defense of him in a social media statement on Friday – insisting instead that she was apologizing for losing her temper.
She said she is trying to rebuild her friendship with Sheryl and has apologized for making her cry but said she is yet to hear back.
Of Morgan, she says she would come to his defense again if she had to, adding: ‘And not just Piers – everybody has a voice and an opinion.
‘I don’t agree with his opinion all the way, I don’t. But the difference is, he knows Meghan and I don’t. it’s like, hey, the guy has a right to his opinion – I’m sure I say things and he goes, she’s f**king nuts!
‘Piers and I have got a great friendship. But we fight – we have huge fights. I’ve slapped Piers. Piers has seen my breasts! We get drunk together, we argue a lot over things we don’t agree on but at the end of the day, that’s it.’