Sharon Osbourne wanted to slam CBS on air over racism flap

Sharon Osbourne is still fuming over her ordeal at CBS — and claims she resisted the temptation to deliver a foul-mouthed rant live on the air against the Tiffany Network when she was accused of racism, according to a new docuseries from Fox Nation.

“Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back,” which debuts on Fox News’ streaming service on Sept. 26, reveals Osbourne’s thoughts on her career and her volatile departure from CBS where she co-hosted daytime talk show “The Talk.”

The outspoken Brit, who is married to rock star Ozzy Osbourne, left the show in March 2021 after defending Piers Morgan’s scathing criticism of Oprah Winfrey’s interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Morgan got slammed for saying he didn’t “believe a word that comes out of” Markle’s mouth after she said palace insiders had discussed the skin tone of her then unborn child — claims that went unchallenged by Winfrey.

Sharon Osbourne flipped off the camera while talking about her time at CBS.
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Osbourne defended Morgan against the suggestion that he was a racist on a March 10 show. Things got ugly fast after co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth suggested that Osborne’s defense of Morgan may itself be racist. 

“I wanted to look into the camera and say ‘F–k you, f–k you, f–k you, f–k you, and CBS take that,” Osborne said while flipping off the camera in the Fox Nation interview.

She continued: “But I couldn’t do that. Can you imagine if I’d have done that, what it would’ve done? It would’ve been suicidal for me to do that, but that’s what was inside me. And I honestly wanted to say, ‘CBS go f*** yourselves.”

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Osbourne was accused of being racist on air after she defended Piers Morgan over his remarks about Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Shortly after, Osbourne issued a public apology, but the network later said that Osbourne’s combative approach during the show “did not align with [its] values for a respectful workplace.” She resigned soon afterwards and, Page Six reported at the time, received a payout worth around $10 million.

In the Fox series, Osbourne once again defended Morgan.

“Piers isn’t a racist, has never written anything that’s racist, has never said anything that’s racist,” she said. “And because you don’t agree with somebody, they could be an alien. They could be purple, pink or blue. If you don’t agree with them, you don’t agree with them. That’s all.”

Television personality Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Constance Marie guest co-host on "The Talk," Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Television personality Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Constance Marie guest co-host on “The Talk” in 2018.
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She also slammed CBS for branding her a racist. “I had this anger within me for CBS,” Osborne explained. “You’ve planted the seed, now I have to live with this. Cause once you plant the seed that someone’s a racist, whether you are or you aren’t, that lives with you.”

The former host also recalled the aftermath of the show, and recently exclusively told Page Six that she believes a CBS executive arranged for her former co-hosts on “The Talk” to put her through a traumatic on-air ordeal to punish her for being disloyal to the network.

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Osbourne recalled the aftermath of her defense of Morgan, which ended in her resignation.
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The Fox Nation documentary also explores Osbourne’s upbringing in the music business, her early success in the industry, her marriage to Ozzy Osbourne and rise to fame.