The Talk Subject of "Internal Review" After Sharon Osbourne's Tense Exchange With Sheryl Underwood

CBS is launching an internal review of "matters related" to the heated conversation between Sharon Osbourne and the other co-hosts of The Talk surrounding Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan.

By McKenna Aiello, Cydney Contreras Mar 13, 2021 4:02 AMTags

CBS is launching an internal review of The Talk after a heated exchange took place between co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood on Wednesday, March 10.

On Friday, March 12, the network told E! News in a statement, "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 Wednesday's episode, tension sparked when Sharon defended Piers Morgan from backlash surrounding his remarks about Meghan Markle's recent interview with Oprah Winfrey

"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?" Sharon lashed out as Sheryl suggested she "gave validation" to Piers' stance on Meghan by publicly supporting him.

Sheryl then explained to Sharon,  "It was not the exact words of racism, it's the implications and reaction to it. To not want to address that she is a Black woman and to try to dismiss it or to make it seem less than what it is, that's what makes it racist." 

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According to the source, the "atmosphere" on the set the day after the debate felt "very uncomfortable."

The next day, Sharon issued a statement to her Twitter explaining that she overreacted because she "panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive."

"There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast," she continued. "I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better. Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying."

However, her statement didn't address her treatment of her co-hosts, Sheryl, Elaine WelterothCarrie Ann Inaba and Amanda Kloots.

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Following CBS' internal review announcement, E! News obtained a copy of an email sent to The Talk staff, which stated that HR staff is "actively involved in addressing the situation and concerns that have been brought to our attention."

The email continued, "We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace and want to ensure that you are aware of all of the resources available to you should you wish to speak to someone."

E! News reached out to Sharon's rep for comment, but did not hear back.