Sharon Osbourne Denies Holly Robinson Peete's Claim That She Called Her "Too Ghetto" for The Talk

Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini alleged their contracts for The Talk were not renewed after Sharon Osbourne allegedly called them "ghetto" and "awkward." Sharon has issued denials.

By Cydney Contreras Mar 14, 2021 7:30 PMTags

UPDATE: Sharon Osbourne denied Holly Robinson Peete's accusation, tweeting on Saturday, March 14, "Never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was 'too ghetto' to be on the Talk, as well as not having her fired [sic]."

She also posted what she said was an email from Holly. Sharon tweeted, "In response to Holly Robinson Peete's accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an e mail sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk." Holly has not commented.


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On Friday, March 12, Holly Robinson Peete, a former co-host of The Talk, took to Twitter to share her account of why she was let go from the daytime talk show after just one season, pointing the figure at current host Sharon Osbourne. Holly alleges, "I'm old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too ‘ghetto' for ‘The Talk'…then I was gone."

Holly continues, "I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because...she HAD to."

Former co-host Leah Remini also chimed in when a fan of the talk show claimed that the King of Queens actress was the one who started the rumor that Sharon called Holly "ghetto." Leah told the critic, "Don't be ridiculous. But good try love."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leah first made the allegations in a 2012 Twitter Q&A, claiming that Sharon thought she and Holly were "awkward," "not funny" and "ghetto."

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Sharon disputed Leah's claims in a statement, writing that she had no influence over the producers' decisions and describing the accusations as "false gossip."

"That being said, my only wish is that Leah would just stop all this negative, unprofessional, and childish behavior," Ozzy Osbourne's wife continued. "It's been seven months. It's time to move on. Leah is a very talented actress and I only wish her happiness and success. I know that better things are to come if she can just get beyond all this negativity."

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At the time, Holly told The Hollywood Reporter that she was blindsided by the announcement that she and Leah were the only original co-hosts not returning in season two. She explained, "Usually when you get fired, your boss brings you in, sits you down and tells you why they can't keep you... They say we have to downsize or you're not doing this, you're not doing that. I was never given that opportunity."

She also recalled hearing that other people were being hired and thought to herself, "That's going to be a crowded table," adding that it was "the most frustrating time of my professional life."

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Leah now says she looks back on that time with positivity, sharing on Twitter in part that she's "pretty happy to not be in a toxic environment."

And to anyone asking for her to bring the receipts, this is what she has to say to that: "I don't need to bring s--t. The receipts were brought."

Sharon recently came under fire when she accused co-host Sheryl Underwood of calling her a racist after Sheryl asked about her decision to defend Piers Morgan. She said through tears, "I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?"

Additionally, Sharon was criticized for telling Sheryl, "Don't try and cry because if anybody should be crying, it should be me."

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On Friday, Sharon explained she reacted the way she did because she "panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive" and allowed her "fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over."

Nonetheless, her friend, Piers, demanded an apology from the "bullies" on The Talk.

E! News reached out to reps for Holly, Sharon and The Talk, but did not hear back.

(This article was originally published on Friday, March 12 at 2:22 p.m. PT)