'It's All Out Of Control': Sharon Osbourne 'Not Expected To Return' To 'The Talk' After Shocking On-Air Meltdown, Says Source
As The Talk extends its hiatus, following Sharon Osbourne's shocking on-air meltdown, the chances of its controversial co-host returning to the show are looking slim.
According to sources, Osbourne is “not expected to return.”
“The lawyers seem to be battling out regarding money, letting her spin it, non-disparagement and more. It's all happening at the highest levels of the network," an insider claimed. “It's all out of control and taking too long.”
As OK! previously reported, the controversy began last week when Osbourne defended Morgan — who was on the receiving end of heavy backlash after doubting claims made by Meghan Markle during her and Prince Harry's shocking CBS tell-all.
Osbourne's questionable defense of her famous friend poured over into the Wednesday, March 10, episode of The Talk, where Osbourne said: "Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No. Because it's his opinion. It's not my opinion ... I support him for his freedom of speech, and he's my friend."
In response, co-host Sheryl Underwood, who is Black, questioned: "What would you say to people who may feel that while you're standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don't agree?"
Following the now infamous, racially charged debate, CBS announced they were launching an investigation. Osbourne reportedly dropped the “F bomb” twice and yelled: “I can’t be racist. I’m a [expletive] Jew.”
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Osbourne also had a meltdown after the episode, accusing CBS of blindsiding her with the segment about Morgan. "In the post-show meeting, she screamed, ‘I’m getting my lawyers!’” a source dished after the Wednesday, March 10, episode of The Talk.
As the segment unfolded, she said she thought, "How dare you all do this to me! I’m your sacrificial lamb!" Osbourne — who said she was only defending Morgan's right to freedom of speech and not necessarily agreeing with what he said — added that her cohosts wouldn't speak to her during the commercial breaks.
In light of the drama surrounding Osbourne's meltdown, a new report from Yashar's Newsletter accused the long-time host of calling former colleague Julie Chen “slanty eyes” and lesbian actress Sara Gilbert a “p***y licker,” according to sources including former co-host Leah Remini.
At the time of the attack, Osbourne allegedly lashed out at her co-hosts because she felt Chen was trying to take center stage and Gilbert — who was also a producer on the show — was doing nothing about it, the explosive new report claimed.
In response, Osbourne's publicist, Howard Bragman, refuted the claims, saying: “The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host."
She will "survive this because she refuses to let others take her down," he added.
The Sun was first to report the source who claimed Osbourne would likely not be returning to The Talk.