The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that The Talk will eschew live shows on Monday and Tuesday as CBS continues to probe the explosive confrontation between Osbourne and Underwood that began with a discussion of Piers Morgan’s bitter feud with Meghan Markle and escalated into accusations of racism.
The show is set to return to its regular live schedule Wednesday.
During last Wednesday’s episode, Underwood asked Osbourne about her support for her former America’s Got Talent colleague Morgan in the wake of remarks he had made regarding Markle and Prince Harry’s CBS interview the previous Sunday. “What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree? Am I saying it right?” Underwood said.
Osbourne responded by questioning where Underwood had heard Morgan say racist remarks: “Educate me, tell me when you have heard him say racist things?” Osbourne said. “I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?”
An increasingly agitated Osbourne added, “How can I be racist about anybody or anything in my life,” she said, cursing as Underwood went to a commercial break. When the show returned, she continued demanding that Underwood explain what was racist about Morgan’s comments, and added: “And don’t try and cry, because if anyone should be crying, it should be me.”
Osbourne apologized for her comments on Thursday, saying, “I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.”
The controversy continued, however, after former The Talk co-host Holly Robinson Peete alleged in a tweet Friday that Osbourne had made racist comments about her. “I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too “ghetto” for #theTalk … then I was gone,” Robinson Peete tweeted.
Responding to Robinson Peete on Instagram, Osbourne wrote, “In response to [Peete’s] accusation of me getting her fired from [The Talk] and saying she was ‘too ghetto’ to be on The Talk.”
She added: “I never once uttered those words and I am sharing an email sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from [the show] and Ms. Peete’s email speaks for itself.”
Deadline was first to report the news of a hiatus.