Sharon Osbourne’s recollection of her heated debate on-air with her co-hosts on The conversation is being refuted. The talk show host claimed that the other hosts, including Elaine Welteroth, “caught her off guard,” and said they came prepared with note cards and questions.
According to a source close to the production, Welteroth did not have a card with notes or written questions for the conversation about Osbourne’s support for Piers Morgan.
The source adds: “Everything Elaine said came from her heart and her own mind.”
The episode in question, which aired on March 10, contained an emotional debate about Osbourne’s defense of his friend, Piers Morgan, and his controversial comments about Meghan Markle.
Osbourne claims that Sheryl Underwood took her by surprise, who questioned her defense of Morgan, and was not sufficiently prepared by the producers and showrunners. She believes her co-hosts “had training, they had written questions to them.”
Osbourne spoke with aliens Kevin Frazier on Tuesday, claiming that the producers asked her if she would mind if they talked about Morgan moments before filming, and she agreed. However, shortly after the episode started, “Sheryl turns around and asks me this question and … I was reading it on a card. It wasn’t on my cards. And then Elaine is reading her questions and I say, ‘They’ve set me up. They’re setting me up. My anger was like,’ I can’t believe this, I’m your sacrificial lamb.
The conversation is currently on an extended hiatus in the middle of an internal CBS review after the episode. Osbourne later apologized on Twitter “to anyone of color that I offended and / or anyone who is confused or disappointed by what I said.”
Osbourne told ET that she is not sure what will happen to the show and whether or not she will return.
“I wish we could go ahead and have an adult conversation calmly and work it out, but I don’t know if we can,” he said. “I don’t know if that happened. I would love to, but I don’t know if I even want to go back … I don’t know if they want me there.”
Osbourne shared that she is willing to have an on-air conversation to further the discussion on race and make the entire controversy a learning moment. He said one of his new co-hosts, Welteroth, 34, especially wants this to happen.
“I really want to hear from the young people,” Osbourne noted. “Do I have my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, with the situation of blacks in this country? No. … The ins and outs of the way the younger generation feels right now, I don’t have the finger on the pulse. Elaine does it and Elaine really wants to improve this and for a conversation to come up that helps other people and probably also people my age who would help them. “
“I recognize what I did,” he added. “I can’t not confess. I said what I said. I got too personal with Sheryl. I should never have said to stop her tears. She was suffering like I was suffering.”
Right after Osbourne spoke to ET, a new report appeared Tuesday afternoon from journalist Yashar Ali in which the former Speak co-host Leah Remini claimed that Osbourne used to use racist and homophobic slurs in reference to former co-hosts Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert. Osbourne has denied these claims.
“[I was] easily manipulated into a high school vitriol, hatred and bullying network, “Remini states in the article, claiming that Osbourne would refer to her” as a WOP and Guinea, “which are racial slurs used against Italians.” Not only did I do nothing about the racism and bullying that I was receiving and witnessing, I was a part of it. I had to admit my own ugliness. “
Remini later took to Twitter to thank Ali for his story and reporting, sharing, “Thank you Yashar. I appreciate that you reported on this story when many did not out of fear of retaliation. To those who spoke, thank you. I hope that more people have the courage to do it. “
Osbourne’s publicist Howard Bragman said in a statement to ET about Remini’s allegations: “The only thing worse than a disgruntled ex-employee is a disgruntled ex-talk show host. For 11 years Sharon has been gracious, collegial and friendly to her hosts, as evidenced by throwing parties for them, inviting them to her home in the UK, and other gestures of kindness – too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unflappable and hardly shocked by the lies, the recasting of the story, and the bitterness that arises at this moment. She will survive this, as she always has, and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others tear her down. She thanks her family, friends, and fans for supporting her and knowing her true nature. “
ET has also reached out to Welteroth, Underwood, Chen, and Gilbert for comment.
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