In a statement on Friday, CBS announced Osbourne’s exit from the daytime talk show. Her departure comes after the series extended its hiatus for a second time, PEOPLE confirmed, as the network continued to look into Osbourne’s behavior following her controversial defense of Piers Morgan on the March 10 episode.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” the statement begins.
“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts,” it continues.
“At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race,” the statement reads.
It concludes: “During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
The Talk was initially put on a two-day hiatus before the break was extended. The show was scheduled to return March 22, but will now return April 12 following a pre-scheduled hiatus the week of April 5.
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