Sharon Osbourne says she wishes she’d told hosts on The Talk to ‘f**k off’ when they branded her a racist for backing Piers Morgan over his Meghan Markle claims after Oprah interview
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey on March 7, 2021, and accused the British royal family of racism
- Piers Morgan said he did not believe the couple’s allegations, and was described as racist for questioning them: he was forced out of his job on March 9
- His friend Sharon Osbourne defended him, and was then herself labelled a racist, and forced out of her job on March 26
- On Thursday a clip was shared of Osbourne’s new Fox Nation show, Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back, which premieres September 26
- The 69-year-old London-born TV personality said she had no regrets about her actions, but poured scorn on the CBS executives
Sharon Osbourne has said she wishes she told executives at CBS to ‘f*** off’ after they asked her to be more repentant for defending her friend Piers Morgan, who was labelled a racist for questioning Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Oprah interview.
Osbourne, 69, was forced out of daytime show The Talk on March 26, 2021 after 11 years. She spoke out to defend Morgan, who was angered by the March 7, 2021 interview with Oprah. Morgan was also forced out of his show in the UK, Good Morning Britain.
On Thursday, Osbourne spoke about her experiences at the time, and told of her fury at being pushed out.
‘I wanted to look into the camera and say ‘F*** you, f*** you, f*** you, f*** you, and CBS take that. But I couldn’t do that.
Sharon Osbourne said that she wanted to tell the CBS executives, live on air, ‘f*** you’
Osbourne is pictured with Piers Morgan, her friend of many years, who she defends
‘Can you imagine if I’d have done that, what it would’ve done?
‘It would’ve been suicidal for me to do that, but that’s what was inside me.
‘And I honestly wanted to say: ‘CBS go f*** yourselves.’
Osbourne’s problems began after Morgan – who she has been friends with for many years, with both serving as judges on America’s Got Talent from 2006-11 – criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview.
‘I’m just going to say what I’m going to say. This is a two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family, of the monarchy, of everything the queen has worked so hard for, and it’s all being done as Prince Philip lies in hospital,’ said Morgan the day after the interview.
‘They trash everybody. They basically make out the entire royal family are a bunch of white supremacists by dropping this race bombshell. They didn’t name which one it was. They just throw it out there, so it can be any member of the royal family.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey for an interview broadcast on March 7, 2021
Markle told Winfrey that she was bullied by a racist royal family
Osbourne defended Morgan amid a furious backlash, which saw him being labeled racist.
‘I am with you,’ she tweeted.
‘I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.’
Morgan was forced out of his show on March 9, 2021; Osbourne was similarly shown the door two weeks later.
Osbourne said that she did not regret her actions, and was scathing about the CBS executives.
‘As soon as the show was over, I said I want Heather Gray – the showrunner – and the other showrunner, Kristin Matthews,’ Osbourne said.
‘And they all put us in some office room.
‘I was like: ‘If you want me out, just f****** tell me. Who told you to do this to me?’
Osbourne’s new series is out later this month
The 69-year-old was scathing in her recollection of events
She added: ‘And Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews were crying, and Sheryl’s rocking back and forth, still crying, and I’m like: ‘Why are you all crying? You all did this to me! Why did you do it?”
She said they simply pointed up, indicating that it was their superiors at CBS who made the decision that she had to go.
Osbourne, who now co-hosts a show on the new British channel The Talk with Morgan, insisted that her friend was airing legitimate views.
‘Piers isn’t a racist, has never written anything that’s racist, has never said anything that’s racist,’ she said.
‘And because you don’t agree with somebody, they could be an alien. They could be purple, pink or blue. If you don’t agree with them, you don’t agree with them. That’s all.
‘He was branded a racist and because I supported him, I was branded a racist.’
Osbourne is pictured with her co-hosts on The Talk: Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Eve, and Sara Gilbert
Osbourne said she was astonished at the response from CBS bosses.
‘They said to me at one point: ‘You’re not repentant enough. And we don’t believe that you can repent for what you’ve done.’
‘I’m like: ‘What’s this? Am I in f****** church? Can’t do it, so go f*** yourselves.’
‘I had this anger within me for CBS. You’ve planted the seed, now I have to live with this.
‘Cause once you plant the seed that someone’s a racist, whether you are or you aren’t, that lives with you.’
Osbourne is seen on March 9, 2021, being criticized for her support for Morgan
Morgan and Osbourne are pictured in a photo posted to her Instagram on October 5, 2021
The pair are seen together in April 2007
She said she and her family had received death threats.
‘On social media, I had all these nut case, you know, threatening me.
‘Said they were going to come in the night, cut my throat, cut my husband’s throat, cut my animals up, and all these death threats.’
Osbourne said that the threats to harm her husband of 40 years, Ozzy, were the final straw.
The Black Sabbath frontman suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, and has had multiple surgeries after breaking his neck.
‘Then they started on Ozzy. And it’s like, ‘Hey. Mm-mm. He’s had enough f****** stress for the last three years of his life.’ And they’re picking on him.’
And she said she had no regrets,
‘I’ll stand by what I did. Yes, I f****** swore. Yes I stood up for myself,’ she said.
‘Yes I told the lawyers at CBS, ‘Don’t f****** talk to me this way. You don’t know me. You don’t know anything.’