The ladies sparred sharply about whether Morgan’s callous comments were too radical to support. The hotly debated issue sprang from the Oprah Winfrey interview with the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex. Sharon insists she cannot understand why Morgan was attacked the way he was.
The evening of the Piers Morgan walk-off, Sharon tweeted a message of solidarity with the British talk show host. She said he was just speaking his truth. The next morning on “The Talk,” Sheryl held Sharon’s feet to the fire. Sharon felt like she was put in “the electric chair” for supporting Morgan.
The Target of Sharon Osbourne’s Outburst
Sheryl Underwood was on the receiving end of Sharon Osbourne’s chagrin on the day of that feisty March 10th moment. Underwood simply asked her longtime friend and co-host to explain why she would support Piers Morgan.
Sheryl said Sharon’s response was traumatic and made her fearful. Co-host Elaine Welteroth characterized Sharon’s outburst as going “off the rails into disrespect.”
The Root of Sharon Osbourne’s Public Relations Disaster
Osbourne’s fateful defense of Piers Morgan pitched her life into a pool of chaos. After 10 years, her reign at the desk would be overthrown because of this. Her decision to support British talk show host Piers Morgan came to a head on March 10, the day following his provocative remarks on “Good Morning Britain.”
In that shocking outburst, Piers walked off his own show because fellow journalist Alex Beresford called him out for his past comments. Sharon Osbourne would defend him, tweeting a message of solidarity that led to her tumultuous dismissal by the network.
Osbourne Was Not the Only Co-Host Forced to Leave in Disgrace
Julie Chen, recall, one of the original panelists at “The Talk,” was swept up in her husband’s misconduct accusations. He left his post as CBS president and CEO after allegations published in “The New Yorker” came to light, forcing his hand to abandon his powerful post.
Julie staunchly supported her husband from the start. She claimed his innocence, but that only exacerbated her situation. In a prerecorded announcement to “The Talk,” Chen said she is leaving to spend more time at home with her son and husband. She remained at CBS’s “Big Brother.”
‘The Talk’ Responds to the Les Moonves Scandal
The ladies on the panel agreed that the ouster of the former CBS president, who had been the CEO of “The Talk’s” network, was the right decision. But they supported their friend and colleague Julie Chen unequivocally. Sharon Osbourne led the discussion saying that it is embarrassing to talk about what Julie’s husband did, but necessary.
She asked why it is that powerful men are prone to this sort of mistreatment against women. “Obviously, the man has a problem,” Osbourne concluded, while Sheryl Underwood opined that it must be a blessing to be freed from his lies and secrets.