Ladies of The Talk, get ready for a shake-up! Jerry O’Connell is reportedly close to signing a deal to become a new full-time co-host on the hit CBS chat show.
After Underwood questioned how Osbourne could defend someone who "uttered" something "racist," on the Wednesday, March 10, episode of TheTalk, Osbourne had a melt down on-air followed by another after the episode — during which she accused CBS of blindsiding her with the Morgan segment.
Shortly after the heated discussion, CBS launched an internal investigation into The Talk episode, putting the show on hiatus. As the scandal continued to worsen, racist allegations were made against the 68-year-old.
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Osbourne was accused of calling former co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, a "p***y licker" and "fish eater," and allegedly called Julie Chen a "wonton" with "slanty eyes," according to a report by Yashar Ali. Holly Robinson Peete claimed Osbourne said she was "too ghetto"
CBS released a statement on Friday, March 26, that the talk show and Osbourne had parted ways. "Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk," it read. "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.
Currently, O’Connell voices Commander Jack Ransom on the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and, most recently, starred in the Broadway revival of A Soldier's Play as Captain Taylor.
He has previously filled in as guest host for The Wendy Williams Show and, in 2019, shot 15 episodes of his talk show Jerry O, which aired in first-run-syndication, but was never fully picked up.
O’Connell has been married to Rebecca Romijn since 2007 and the two share 12-year-old twin daughters Dolly and Charlie.
CBS has not commented on the story.