After a public outcry over co-host Sharon Osbourne’s emotional defense of Piers Morgan in the Meghan Markle controversy, CBS’s “The Talk” is going on hiatus.
During Wednesday’s show, Osbourne adamantly defended Morgan’s assault on Markle, following the Duchess of Sussex’s stunning allegations of racism in the British royal family in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
Osbourne slammed her Black co-host Sheryl Underwood, saying she felt like she was going to be placed in the electric chair because she has a friend [Morgan] that many people believe is a bigot, which makes me a racist. What gives me the right to be racist about someone or something in my life?” she inquired.
So far, the show has only been shut down on Mondays and Tuesdays as a “review” of the episode is in progress.
CBS said in a statement first published by Deadline, “We are committed to a dynamic, inclusive, and respectful workplace.” “All matters relating to Wednesday’s episode of ‘The Chat’ are currently being reviewed internally.” Morgan dismissed Markle’s stunning announcement last week that an anonymous member of the royal family had discussed how “black” her son’s skin would be.
Morgan even called Markle a liar after she admitted that she was so unhappy with her family that she considered suicide. The interview was a “load of bilge” and a “two-hour trash-athon,” he said.
“I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says,” he commented. “I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report, and the fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our royal family, I think is contemptible.”
On “The Chat,” Underwood, who remained composed throughout the conversation with Osbourne, observed that her defense of Morgan seemed to offer a “safe haven” for something he said that was racist.
Osbourne later apologized to “anyone of color that I offended” on Twitter, saying she “panicked” and became “defensive.”
“The Black community has always welcomed me with so much love and support, and I have deep respect and love for the Black community,” she said.
Morgan has quit his long-running position on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” after storming off the set Tuesday after a co-host chastised him for his remarks about Meghan Markle.