Sharon Osbourne is still furious about her ordeal at CBS – and claims she resisted the temptation to launch a rude on-air rant against the Tiffany Network when she was accused of racism, according to a new Fox Nation docuseries.
“Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back,” which debuts on the Fox News streaming service Sept. 26, reveals Osbourne’s thoughts on her career and her volatile departure from CBS where she co-hosted the talk- daytime show “The Talk”.
The outspoken Brit, who is married to rock star Ozzy Osbourne, quit the show in March 2021 after defending Piers Morgan’s scathing criticism of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Morgan has come under fire for saying he didn’t ‘believe a word that came out’ of Markle’s mouth after saying palace insiders discussed the complexion of her then-unborn child – claims that have not been challenged by Winfrey.
Osbourne defended Morgan against the suggestion that he was racist during a March 10 broadcast. Things went downhill quickly after co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth suggested that Osborne’s defense of Morgan might itself be racist.
“I wanted to look at the camera and say ‘F–k you, f–k you, f–k you, f–k you, and CBS takes that,” Osborne said as he turned off the camera in the Fox Nation interview.
She continued, “But I couldn’t do that. Can you imagine if I had done that, what it would have done? It would have been suicidal for me to do that, but that was what was in me. And honestly, I wanted to say, “CBS, fuck you.”
Shortly after, Osbourne issued a public apology, but the network later said Osbourne’s combative approach during the show “didn’t align with [its] values for a respectful workplace. She quit shortly after and, Page Six reported at the time, received a payout worth around $10 million.
On the Fox series, Osbourne again defended Morgan.
“Piers is not racist, has never written anything racist, has never said anything racist,” she said. “And because you disagree with someone, it could be an alien. They can be purple, pink or blue. If you disagree with them, you disagree with them. That’s all.”
She also criticized CBS for calling her a racist. “I had this anger in me for CBS,” Osborne explained. “You planted the seed, now I have to live with it. Because once you plant the seed that someone is racist, whether you are or not, it lives with you.
The former host also recalled the aftermath of the show and recently told Page Six exclusively that she believes a CBS executive arranged for her former ‘The Talk’ co-hosts to submit her. to a traumatic on-air ordeal to punish her for being disloyal to the network.
The Fox Nation documentary also explores Osbourne’s upbringing in the music industry, his early success in the industry, his marriage to Ozzy Osbourne and his rise to fame.