‘The Talk’ Hiatus Extended Through Next Week As CBS’ Probe Into Sharon Osbourne Controversy Continues

‘The Talk’ Hiatus Extended Through Next Week As CBS’ Probe Into Sharon Osbourne Controversy Continues

03/20/2021

EXCLUSIVE: With the controversy ignited by last Wednesday’s episode of The Talk showing no signs of subsiding, the show’s unplanned hiatus is getting longer. I hear The Talk team tonight were informed that the show will remain dark at least through next week. No return date has been set.

The Talk was originally put on hiatus last Sunday for two days. The break was then extended, and The Talk was scheduled to come back with live shows this coming Tuesday, March 22.

A week ago, CBS launched an investigation into the heated exchange about race at the top of March 10 episode related to Piers Morgan and his statements about Meghan Markle which included pointed comments by Sharon Osbourne toward fellow co-host Sheryl Underwood.

Since then, there have been shocking new allegations against Osbourne that she had used racial slur towards former co-host/exec producer Julie Chen. Former The Talk co-host Holly Robinson Peete also claimed that Osborne had called her too “ghetto” to be on the show.

Osbourne has denied the claims and has gone on the offensive, publicly accusing CBS executives of being behind the Wednesday segment, which she calls “a setup.”

“CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions,” CBS said last Friday. “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.”

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