Underwood said on her podcast that Osbourne had not never reached out to apologize since their heated debate on the show.
Sharon Osbourne has responded to Sheryl Underwood's accusation that the former hasn't reached out to her since the March 10 broadcast of The Talk. In a three-part Sharon Walks Away podcast released in April, Underwood said Osbourne never reached out to apologize to her and has not spoken with her former co-host since. The heated exchange had Osbourne defending her friend Piers Morgan against claims of his coverage of Meghan Markle which many said was rooted in racism. Sheryl Underwood accused Osbourne of giving "validation" to "racist" views. Morgan supported Osbourne and thought it was a disgrace that Osbourne was being put in the hot seat.
"I feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is racist, so that makes me a racist," Osbourne remarked. "While you are standing by your friend, it appears that you are giving validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist," Underwood had said during the discussion. Osbourne asked Underwood to explain what was racist about Morgan's remarks and shouted at her "not to cry" as she should be the one crying. Things got so intense that by March 26 it was announced that Osbourne was stepping away from the show.
Osbourne's exit from the show followed allegations of racist behaviour that unfolded on the program.https://t.co/TOklczxKZG— 9Honey Celebrity (@9HoneyCelebrity) April 1, 2021
During the March 10 episode, Osbourne told Underwood to "educate" her and warned her not to cry during the episode. Osbourne later apologized for her "panicked" defense of Morgan. Osbourne put forth the argument that Morgan was just expressing his opinion and that maybe he just did not like Meghan Markle and questioned why that had to be a "racist view". Since the initial confrontation, Underwood and Osbourne have not spoken, the former said on her podcast. She also said that Osbourne has not yet directly apologized to her. Osbourne has however put out a public apology and admitted that she let her fear of being branded a racist take over and is open to learning.
As for Underwood saying on her podcast that Osbourne had not spoken to her since their interaction, Osbourne is sharing screenshots of texts that she allegedly sent Underwood. A representative for Osbourne confirmed the contents of the texts to EW. "Sheryl, My heart is heavy and I'm deeply saddened by the events that transpired on Wednesday," Osbourne wrote to Underwood in her first March 12 text. "I don't want to lose my true friend over this. Im sorry for telling you to f--- off during the break, I'm sorry for for accusing you [of] fake crying while we were live on air and I'm sorry for losing my temper with you. I felt shocked, scared and saddened by what felt like was a [blindsided] attack."
"You know me," she continued in the text. "You know how I've always had your back. We've outlasted everyone on this show and that's because we've always been a team and had each other backs. I consider you a genuine friend. If you want to talk on the phone over the weekend I'm here. Once again from the bottom of my heart I'm sorry. Is there anything You need from me or that I can do to help you heal? Love and respect always - Sharon."
Despite Sheryl Underwood's claims, Sharon Osbourne claims she DID apologize — and has the alleged texts to prove it.https://t.co/eRtktq7CZG— Us Weekly (@usweekly) April 7, 2021
Osbourne sent another text two days later which read, "I know you're taking space and I don't want to disrespect that. I'm just reaching out because I want you to know I'm thinking about you. If you are willing, can we talk before Wednesday? Big kiss."
Sheryl Underwood spoke out publicly for the first time after last month's heated on-air exchange with co-host Sharon Osbourne, who left CBS daytime talk show 'The Talk' in the wake of a network review of the incident. https://t.co/p8maMBER4q— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 7, 2021
In the three-part series, despite the difficult situation, Underwood told her podcast co-hosts that she still has positive feelings towards Osbourne and her family. "I still love the Osbournes, from what I've known of them," she said. "I don't know anything other than what I've experienced with them, and this thing that has happened is disappointing to me. And maybe people don't want to hear me say, 'I still love the Osbournes.' I'm not saying I liked being treated the way I was treated," she added. "I'm very disappointed. And I'm just trying to navigate my feelings about that because it was a trauma."
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