“The Talk” has canceled upcoming live shows amid CBS’s internal review of comments made by co-host Sharon Osbourne that led to an on-air heated debate about racism, TheWrap has confirmed.
According to an individual familiar with the matter, the show will go on hiatus for a few days while the review continues.
The review, launched late last week, stems from Osbourne’s on-air meltdown in which she said she felt like she was “about to be put in the electric chair” for defending longtime friend Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle.
Morgan came under fire last week for saying he didn’t believe Markle’s recent admission of having suicidal thoughts. Osbourne’s defense of Morgan led to an emotional on-air conversation with her co-host Sheryl Underwood, who called Morgan’s comments racist and sexist. Osbourne, in turn, expressed concern that she was being labeled a racist for defending Morgan.
“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review,” CBS said in a statement late last week.
Osbourne has apologized for the episode, writing in a lengthy statement on Twitter, “I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.”
“Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying,” she wrote. “I should have been more specific about that in my tweet. I will always support freedom of speech, but now I see how I unintentionally didn’t make that clear distinction.”
Deadline first reported the news.