What's Really Going On With The Talk?

The Meghan Markle-Piers Morgan-Sharon Osbourne saga continues.

The Talk co-host came under fire when she defended Morgan via Twitter following his comments about not believing "a word" Markle said (per The Telegraph) in her explosive tell-all interview alongside Prince Harry that aired on March 7, 2021. Morgan uttered his dismissive comments when he was discussing the interview on Good Morning Britain on March 8. He resigned from GMB on March 9, following growing pressure on him to apologize for his claims about Markle — especially because one of the statements he wouldn't accept was her admission that she wanted to end her life while she was pregnant with baby Archie.

Osbourne tweeted the same day Morgan resigned that she would support her friend following his shocking statements, noting he has a right to his opinion. The reaction to Osbourne's tweet was so severe that the following day, March 10, The Talk co-hosts mentioned it on air, which resulted in an extremely heated discussion between Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. During the argument, Osbourne begged Underwood (via Twitter) to explain to her what was problematic about her tweet. This exchange was shocking to many viewers, and although the show came back with a message of unity on March 11, it went on a hiatus for March 15 and March 16 to investigate the episode that included the head-turning debate, according to Variety.

Now, the show has made another announcement regarding its future. So, what's really going on with The Talk?

The Talk has been silenced longer

The Talk was scheduled to return with a new episode on March 17, but CBS announced that the show would continue its hiatus for the rest of the week until the following Tuesday, per Variety. The extended hiatus comes as speculation grows about Sharon Osbourne's future with the show. Per an insider close to Page Six, people are "angry" about Osbourne's defense of a man who has repeatedly been called racist in his coverage of Meghan Markle. Despite taking to Twitter to apologize for her words and stating that she does not condone "racism, misogyny or bullying," people have come out of the woodwork to air their grievances about the media mogul.

Page Six reported that The Talk co-host Elaine Welteroth filed a complaint to human resources for "racial insensitivity on set" following Osbourne and Underwood's explosive discussion. Plus, former co-host Leah Remini revealed to journalist Yashar Ali (via Ali's newsletter) that Osbourne called former Chinese American host Julie Chen a "wonton" and "slanty eyes." This is fueling the accusations that Osbourne may not be as empathetic with minorities as she claimed to be in her apology.

According to the insider (via Page Six), what will come of The Talk and Osbourne's place in it is all a waiting game. "There are people who are angry. Some think she's the only star of show. There are a lot of different beliefs. Things have to play out," the source said.

Will Sharon Osbourne continue co-hosting The Talk?

A trusted source of Page Six said there have been no decisions made about the show or Sharon Osbourne's place in it. "It's not simplistic at all," they said. However, the source added that many people are furious — including Osbourne. "Sharon loves The Talk. She really loves it," they said. "She may well end up getting sacked, but she's very litigious, so I would not be surprised if she launches legal action." Furthermore, Osbourne's publicist, Howard Bragman, told the publication that Osbourne "will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down." It seems like Osbourne won't leave the show without a fight.

Plus, Page Six's insider said letting Osbourne go might not be the most useful action. "She's been there 11 years and knows every secret about that show from day one. Do they want everything Sharon Osbourne knows about that show to come out in a deposition? Let it play out," they said.

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