Sharon Osbourne inks deal to join a talkTV show with a very familiar name

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Former CBS talk show host Sharon Osbourne has signed on to join talkTV, a soon to be launched British network that has also signed Piers Morgan as a host.

Osbourne will be one of the panelists on a show called “The Talk,” which happens to the be the name of the show she axed from on CBS in 2021.

She departed CBS after a heated on air debate where she defended Morgan’s negative comments about Duchess Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry. The debates were rooted in Markle’s public discussion of her past struggles with mental health and being what she has referred to as mixed race.

Both Osbourne and Morgan are British and Osbourne and her rocker husband have been planning to move back to the U.K.

Morgan got into a debate with his then co-hosts on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” that resulted in him walking off the set. His departure from the show was announced hours later. A co-host mentioned that Morgan may have had a relationship of some kind with Markle but that had gone sour, making him turn against her.

Morgan’s show on talkTV, “Piers Morgan Uncensoredis slated to air on Fox Nation in the U.S. and Sky News Australia. It’s not immediately clear if there are similar plans for Osbourne’s show.

Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch is behind talkTV, Fox and Sky News Australia, but he longer owns the U.K. version of Sky.

It’s not uncommon for TV shows in different countries to share names. In some cases, the shows are actually related, with a network in one country buying the rights to the name and concept in its home region.

This isn’t the case with talkTV’s “The Talk,” however. “The Talk” on CBS was created by actress Sara Gilbert, who was a co-host on the show for many years before departing to focus on her work on “The Conners” and other projects and was originally envisioned as a way to showcase mothers from different backgrounds sharing their views.

Since Osbourne left, however, male co-hosts Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila both joined the show, breaking its own longtime mold and that of many other daytime talk shows built around female panels.