Sharon Osbourne says she was betrayed by co-hosts! Sharon Osbourne is still upset with how her controversial departure from The Talk played out, blasting cancel culture and her former colleagues in a new interview with DailyMailTV.
Osbourne exited the CBS show earlier this year following a heated on-air discussion with co-host Sheryl Underwood. Osbourne was defending friend Piers Morgan amid widespread criticism for his coverage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
“It was as if I had gone in there with a machine gun and threatened to kill somebody,” Osbourne explained. “It wasn’t like I was coming in with T-shirts, with horrible slogans. I didn’t come in with a white hood, I don’t tell jokes about religion or color.”
She added, “It was a freedom of speech matter. It was pure freedom of speech. A journalist friend of mine who wrote something that people didn’t like and then a few crazies out there go — ‘You must be racist, that’s why you’re saying it’ — about my friend Piers. It’s like, come on.”
The Talk went on hiatus after Osbourne and Underwood’s uncomfortable exchange. Osbourne was then accused of racially charged behavior on set, all of which she denied. Osbourne says she was forced to hire 24/7 security due to death threats against her, her family and their animals.
“I definitely went through a difficult patch at the beginning. I found it embarrassing. The humiliation that people would think that I might be a racist,” she explained.
Osbourne’s friend and former co-host of The Talk, Sara Gilbert, apparently suggested she try ketamine therapy. (Ketamine treatments are sometimes used by psychiatrists to treat patients with depression.)
“I went through three months of therapy,” she noted. “I had ketamine treatment and I got it all out. All the tears and everything that I felt, you know. All of that, it’s gone.”
Osbourne believes she was set up by a CBS executive who fed Underwood a question to ask during the infamous March 10 episode. (The network says it found no evidence of this during its investigation.)
“What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by [Piers], it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?” Underwood asked.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” Osbourne replied on-air. She also shouted at Underwood “not to cry” because “if anyone should be crying, it should be me.”
Osbourne told The Daily Mail, “They all knew the question and they all knew what was going down. I felt totally betrayed.”
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