American TV host Sharon Osbourne has decided to exit ‘The Talk’ show just two weeks after she got into a heated argument over racial issues raised by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with her co-host, Sheryl Underwood.
Her resignation was announced on Saturday by CBS which stated in a release that the events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.
The statement by the CBS reads thus in full; “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave ‘The Talk,’ The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.”
“We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts. At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race,” the release continued.
“During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers,” it concluded.