CBS puts ‘The Talk’ on hold after tense debate about racism sparks investigation
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This all stems from a segment where co-host Sharon Osbourne defended British TV personality Piers Morgan, who is under fire for his attacks on Meghan Markle.
The show was already scheduled to be preempted March 12, 2021, and March 15, 2021, for sports coverage. It did air a new, live episode the day after the race discussion and acknowledged the show is a “family” that sometimes has “disagreements.”
Morgan’s latest attack on Markle occurred during “Good Morning Britain” following CBS’s primetime interview with Markle and Prince Harry. During the second of two on air debates following the interview, Morgan walked off the set.
He would announce later that day that he would depart the show permanently.
During the March 10 episode of “The Talk,” Osbourne got into a heated exchange with Sheryl Underwood, who is Black.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist,” said Osbourne.
She went on to ask Underwood to identify a precise incident of Morgan being racist.
Osbourne would later tweet an apology and said that she was “blindsided” by the conversation and felt attacked and got defensive.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 12, 2021
The show is scheduled to return Wednesday, March 17, 2021, according to Deadline sources.