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Sharon Osbourne, formerly of CBS’ “The Talk,” revealed in a new Fox Nation special what she really wanted to say when her co-hosts accused her of racism during a live broadcast.
The special, titled “Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back,” is set to premiere on the streaming service on September 26 — and it follows Osbourne through a series of personal reflections on her life and career.
One of the show’s highlights is the very abrupt and public end of her time at CBS — when she says she was essentially forced off “The Talk” over her comments about the now-infamous Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and his wife, American actress Meghan Markle.
“I wanted to look into the camera and say ‘F*** you, f*** you, f*** you, f*** you, and CBS take that.’ But I couldn’t do that,” Osbourne said on the Fox Nation special. “Can you imagine if I’d have done that, what it would’ve done? It would’ve been suicidal for me to do that, but that’s what was inside me. And I honestly wanted to say, ‘CBS, go f*** yourselves.’”
The whole situation began with fellow British media personality Piers Morgan — who has not been shy about his dislike for Markle especially — and his response to the accusations of racism and bullying that the royal couple had made against the Crown.
“I’m just going to say what I’m going to say. This is a two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family, of the monarchy, of everything the queen has worked so hard for, and it’s all being done as Prince Philip lies in hospital,” Morgan said following the interview. “They trash everybody. They basically make out the entire royal family [are] a bunch of white supremacists by dropping this race bombshell. They didn’t name which one it was. They just throw it out there, so it can be any member of the royal family.”
Osbourne offered Morgan her support in a tweet, saying, “I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
When she stood by her tweet on “The Talk,” her co-hosts accused her of being a racist — which she flatly denied and said that Morgan wasn’t a racist either. But CBS — which also aired the Oprah interview — published a statement condemning Osbourne’s comments, at which point she resigned from the show.
Osbourne has continued to defend Morgan, saying on “To Hell & Back,” “Piers isn’t a racist, has never written anything that’s racist, has never said anything that’s racist. And because you don’t agree with somebody, they could be an alien. They could be purple, pink or blue. If you don’t agree with them, you don’t agree with them. That’s all.”
“He was branded a racist, and because I supported him, I was branded a racist,” she continued.
And she made it clear that she was still angry with CBS: “They said to me at one point, ‘You’re not repentant enough. And we don’t believe that you can repent for what you’ve done.’ I’m like: ‘What’s this? Am I in f***ing church? Can’t do it, so go f*** yourselves.’”