CBS’ The Talk is on a second hiatus.
The initial one started last week after one of the hosts, Sharon Osbourne, made controversial comments defending Piers Morgan, who was accused of making statements about Meghan Markle. Osbourne got into a heated exchange with her other co-host, Sheryl Underwood, on live TV during the show.
Osbourne defended Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle. Morgan had expressed skepticism about Markle’s comments to Oprah that she felt suicidal and experienced racism within the Royal Family. CBS announced they would launch an investigation about Osbourne’s remarks.
Via Chicago Tribune:
Osbourne told Variety last Saturday that she had felt “blindsided” by the segment, claiming that CBS executives had engineered the conversation without her input. She issued an apology via Twitter following the on-air exchange, saying in part, “I have always been embraced with so much love and support from the Black community, and I have deep respect and love for the Black community. To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.”
The pause on production had initially been slated to end on Tuesday, March 23. CBS released a statement this week reiterating its commitment to inclusion: “CBS 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.”
The Jasmine Brand reports Osbourne may get fired for the show and paid out a settlement.