The Talk has reportedly prolonged its hiatus, after it was anticipated to renew Wednesday, for CBS to research final Wednesday’s contentious debate about race — although the way it will play out is the large query. And whether or not co-host Sharon Osbourne shall be there for it as she now faces new allegations of racism behind-the-scenes on the present.
A rep for the daytime discuss present has not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for remark, however the present is anticipated to return on March 23. In a assertion to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for CBS mentioned the community “is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions. We’re also very mindful of the important concerns expressed and discussions taking place regarding events on The Talk. This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary. The show will extend its production hiatus until next Tuesday as we continue to review these issues.”
Yahoo has reached out to a rep for Osbourne, whose preliminary feedback led to the investigation, however we’ve got but to obtain a solution.
Since it was introduced the present can be darkish amid CBS’s investigation, there have been new claims in opposition to Osbourne. Journalist Yashar Ali says he spoke with 11 individuals — together with former co-host Leah Remini, who was axed after Season 1 alongside Holly Robinson Peete — about remarks Osbourne has made over time. Among the brand new allegations in opposition to Osbourne is that she referred to as former moderator Julie Chen “slanty eyes” and “wonton” and former co-host/producer Sara Gilbert, who’s a lesbian, a “fish eater.” Remini, who says Osbourne referred to as her Italian slurs together with “WOP” and “Guinea,” additionally collaborated Robinson Pete’s declare final week that Osbourne tried to get her fired and referred to as her “too ghetto” for the present. (Remini claims Osbourne advised her, “Holly wasn’t a good person, not to trust her and that we should find ‘another Black person who is funny.’”)
Osbourne is repped by crisis public relations expert Howard Bragman, who told Ali in her defense: “The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host. For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the U.K. and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment. She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down. She thanks her family, friends and fans for standing by her and knowing her true nature.”
A spokesperson for CBS declined to remark to Ali.
Also circulating on social media is an outdated clip of Osbourne on the present in 2018 saying Meghan Markle “would not look Black.” When the hosts say, she’s a Black woman, with a Black mother and white father, Osbourne insists, “She ain’t Black…. She would not look Black.”
“Right now, it is scores gold for CBS after they come again,” disaster PR knowledgeable David E. Johnson, the CEO and founding father of Strategic Vision PR Group, tells Yahoo Entertainment, including, “If they arrive again.”
He continues, “Everyone goes to tune it, however the query is: How does this dynamic play out?”
Osbourne, 68, did not come off trying too slick final week defending her buddy Piers Morgan’s feedback about Markle’s Oprah interview. Morgan mentioned on Good Morning Britain that he did not consider something Markle mentioned within the tell-all, which included the duchess’s declare she skilled racism throughout the royal household. He was additionally dismissive of Markle sharing that she had suicidal ideas. Good Morning Britain‘s community ITV acquired greater than 40,000 complaints about Morgan’s feedback, and when Morgan was referred to as out for it on-air, he stormed off the set — and stop.
Amid that drama, Osbourne, 68, tweeted that she stood by Morgan — and co-host Sheryl Underwood questioned her about it on Wednesday’s show. It got heated with Osbourne saying Morgan wasn’t racist — and neither is she. “What have I ever mentioned about anyone that’s racist?” she demanded to know. New co-host Elaine Welteroth tried to elucidate “unconscious bias,” but the conversation really went nowhere as Osbourne dug her feet in the ground, leading Welteroth — who just joined the show this year — to remark on how uncomfortable it was. After a commercial break, things were even more tense. Osbourne, holding a tissue and clearly upset, asked Underwood and Welteroth to “Educate me. Tell me when you’ve heard him say racist issues?”
After the show, Welteroth and her hairstylist reportedly issued complaints to CBS about racial insensitivity on set. For her part, Osbourne told Variety that she “felt like I used to be in entrance of a firing squad,” and claimed that CBS executives set her up. “I blame the community for it. I used to be blindsided, completely blindsided by the entire scenario.”
“The subsequent 48 hours are large” in determining Osbourne’s fate with the show, says Johnson. “Usually if there’s one thing there, all of them come out without delay” — as we are seeing now. “Different context, however have a look at Andrew Cuomo,” the New York State governor who has been accused by a number of ladies of sexual misconduct. “After one broke, the others immediately adopted.”
So how does Osbourne play it? “She’s going to have to handle the racial subject” immediately, suggests Johnson, who doesn’t work with her. “She’ll must reaffirm once more that she denounces racism, and that she — like all individuals — must be very delicate, and that phrases matter. But she must take the excessive highway. If somebody accuses her of racism, she must flatly deny it after which move on. If she retains speaking about it continually, it is all that we will be speaking about.”
And Osbourne will have a lot more to address now — with Remini’s damaging allegations — than she did just a day ago. One wonders if this is something she can recover from at all, even though she’s arguably the star of the show.
“She’s the attract some ways for lots of people,” Johnson says.” She’s the identify individuals affiliate with The Talk,” as other bigger personalities — Chen, Sara, Remini and Marie Osmond — have come and gone during the show’s 10-year run. “But it doesn’t suggest she’s indispensable.”
And if she goes, “The means the present survives is they carry in a giant identify that is going to draw individuals. Very very like The View introduced in Whoopi Goldberg,” after Rosie O’Donnell left the first time and ahead of Barbara Walters’s retirement. “The Talk may go on with out Sharon. But until they’ve a significant star lined up,” to sit with Underwood, Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba, “it is onerous to see a long-term future for the present,” which has been struggling within the scores.
Before Tuesday’s damaging report from Ali, it appeared that the Osbourne drama may very well be smoothed over. Johnson factors out, “Let’s not overlook — Ellen DeGeneres had all these downsides final summer season. People thought she was going to go below, however she’s nonetheless on.” But this has escalated, especially with the voices of Remini and Robinson Peete and the claims they are making.
While CBS and Hollywood have been known for calling for investigations that lead to no real changes as a result of the findings, Johnson thinks there will have to be changes this time.
“The distinction right here is that race is entrance and heart and social media” is propelling it. “It’s onerous simply to placate that. People aren’t going to be happy” without repercussions, “They need extra. And that is holding CBS’s ft to the fireplace.”
Even if this is the end of Osbourne’s days on The Talk, which seems like a strong possibility if these allegations are substantiated, there’s still a good chance she’d recover personally. Osbourne has been in the industry for so long, in so many different roles — from managing Ozzy, being one of the first reality stars with The Osbournes, a judge of America’s Got Talent — that she’s used to reinventing herself. But these would be next-level efforts.
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