The Talk is back with its first show since Sharon Osbourne departed following an onslaught of racism allegations, which stemmed from her heated debate with Sheryl Underwood on the March 10 episode — and Osbourne and her lawyers will be carefully watching, OK! has learned.
"There is no one in Hollywood more litigious than Sharon. As part of her exit deal, both sides agreed to not trash each other as well as CBS handing over $10 million to Sharon,” a source spills to OK!. “Sharon isn’t looking for trouble, but you better believe if you come after her, she will punch back.”
The show will have an expert on diversity who will offer advice on how to have difficult conversations. In addition, there will be a trauma therapist and life coach to talk about healing, OK! has learned.
"Let’s hope the cast sticks to their TV self-help talk about finding love and harmony and keeps Sharon’s name out of their mouths,” adds an insider.
Sources also tell OK! that the cast has been preparing for this show for weeks. "Although it will look like a natural conversation, there is nothing natural about it. Everything has been rehearsed and practiced. The last thing the show needs is another explosive show,” the insider adds.
The Talk's return comes after the show went on hiatus following an internal investigation into the Wednesday, March 10, episode — which was the beginning of the end of Osbourne's time on the long-running daytime talker.
As OK! previously reported, the controversy began when Underwood and Osbourne got into a heated debate regarding Piers Morgan and how Osbourne defended his freedom of speech (Morgan doubted claims made by Meghan Markle during her and Prince Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month).
Following Osbourne's on-air meltdown, a slew of racist allegations were made against her. And as the scandal continued to worse, CBS confirmed Osbourne "has decided to leave The Talk,” in a statement on Friday, March 26.
With Osbourne off the show, The Talk's fate remains up in the air, as OK! learned they are already struggling to find A-list guests in light of the drama that plagued the show.
"She was the only lady left on the panel that had any power in Hollywood. Sharon was the reason celebrities agreed to do the show. She would always be contacting her friends getting them to come on and chat," an OK! source previously dished. "No one knows the ladies who she has left behind, they don’t have Sting and other superstars' numbers in their phones like Sharon did."