Sharon Osbourne, a tv host who confronted criticism for defending contentious remarks by the British journalist Piers Morgan about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has determined to go away “The Discuss,” the U.S. daytime speak present the place she labored for greater than a decade, CBS mentioned on Friday.
Ms. Osbourne is married to the musician Ozzy Osbourne and commenced her tv profession in “The Osbournes,” the Emmy Award-winning actuality present about their household. She confronted criticism this month for publicly defending Mr. Morgan after he questioned an account that Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey about life in Britain’s royal household.
Within the interview, Meghan informed Ms. Winfrey that members of the royal family had discouraged her from in search of remedy after she confided in them that she had ideas of suicide.
Mr. Morgan later mentioned on “Good Morning Britain,” a present that he co-hosted, that he didn’t consider Meghan’s account. When a colleague chided him for “trashing” Meghan, he stormed off the set and left the present the subsequent day.
That week, Ms. Osbourne, 68, mentioned on Twitter that she stood by Mr. Morgan, a former tabloid editor and CNN host who’s a good friend of hers.
“Individuals neglect that you simply’re paid in your opinion and that you simply’re simply talking your fact,” she wrote.
Throughout a subsequent episode of “The Discuss” that aired on March 10, the co-host Sheryl Underwood requested Ms. Osbourne about her protection of Mr. Morgan.
“What would you say to individuals who say that, whilst you’re standing by your good friend, it seems that you give validation or secure haven to one thing that he has uttered that’s racist, even should you don’t agree?” Ms. Underwood requested.
Ms. Osbourne mentioned she felt as if she have been “about to be put within the electrical chair as a result of I’ve a good friend who many individuals assume is a racist.”
“How can I be racist about anyone?” she requested throughout an particularly tense second within the change. “How can I be racist about anyone or something in my life?”
Ms. Osbourne later posted a press release on Twitter through which she apologized to “anybody of shade that I offended and/or to anybody that feels confused or let down by what I mentioned.” She mentioned she had “panicked, felt blindsided, bought defensive & allowed my concern & horror of being accused of being racist” to take over.
“Please hear me once I say I don’t condone racism, misogyny or bullying,” she added. “I ought to have been extra particular about that in my tweet” about Mr. Morgan.
On Friday, CBS mentioned in a press release that “Sharon Osbourne has determined to go away ‘The Discuss.’” It added that her “habits towards her co-hosts throughout the March 10 episode didn’t align with our values for a respectful office.”
A spokesman for Ms. Osbourne, Howard Bragman, mentioned in an electronic mail that he had no touch upon her departure from the present.
“The Discuss” has been on a hiatus since mid-March. CBS mentioned on Friday that the present would resume airing authentic episodes on April 12. It additionally mentioned it had discovered no proof that executives on the community had “orchestrated the dialogue or blindsided any of the hosts.”
However the community mentioned it was accountable for what occurred throughout the March 10 broadcast as a result of Ms. Osbourne and her co-hosts “weren’t correctly ready by the employees for a fancy and delicate dialogue involving race.”