The Talk controversy is still raging. Sharon Osbourne has reportedly lawyered up amid the scandal involving race.
The 68-year-old is being represented by Jeremiah Reynolds of the Los Angeles-based firm Eisner, amid negotiations with CBS, according to a recent report.
Following a heated debate with cohost Sheryl Underwood, The Talk went on hiatus. Racially charged allegations against Osbourne followed, and the show released a statement, saying that "CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions." They added, "This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary."
According to a source, "Sharon wasted no time in getting her lawyers immediately on the case. Jeremiah Reynolds has a very strong reputation as a trial and arbitration lawyer and is handling all her negotiations with CBS."
As previously reported, Osbourne told the Daily Mail last week that she was not fired — but expected to be — and felt like a "sacrificial lamb." A source said that "the network will have to pay her a sizeable settlement to keep her quiet after this," adding that "she could write a book" about her time. "She knows where all the bodies are buried."
The top lawyer has previously represented other A-listers such as Justin Bieber, the Kardashians, Tom Hanks, Paris Hilton, Danny DeVito and more. He has also previously worked with the Osbournes, but did not comment on his recent involvement with Sharon.
The controversy began when Osbourne and Underwood had a heated on-air exchange after Osbourne defended pal Piers Morgan’s freedom of speech following his comments on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. Osbourne quickly came under fire.
Holly Robinson Peete claimed that Osbourne said she was "too ghetto," and it was reported that Osbourne allegedly called Sara Gilbert, who is openly gay, as a "p***y licker" and "fish eater" and allegedly referred to Julie Chen as "wonton" and "slanty eyes."
Osbourne denied the claims. "Everyone’s got an opinion or a story like the wonton story," Osbourne told the Mail. "It’s like f**k off with your f**king wonton story. F**k off!"
However, following her defense of Morgan, she posted a statement on Instagram to apologize to "anyone of color I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said."
Page Six was the first to report that Osbourne had a lawyer on the case. The Talk hiatus has been extended until at least the end of the week.