Cyndi Lauper says that Sharon Osbourne is not a racist, but that she may have “spoken badly” as CBS continues to investigate the toxicity allegations on the set of “The Talk.”
“I’ve known her for a long time and I don’t think she’s a racist,” the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer declared on social media on Thursday.
She added, along with a photo of her and Osbourne hugging, “I understand that she may have misrepresented, used the wrong words, and acted in ways that have hurt others. He may even have rejected her apology. But I do believe that she is sincere in trying to do things right. “
An explosive report released Tuesday cited multiple sources, including former “The Talk” co-host Leah Remini, claiming that Osbourne referred to co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese-American, as “wontons” and “slanted eyes.” He also allegedly referred to former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as a “lick-p – y.”
Last weekend, Holly Robinson Peete, who hosted alongside Osbourne on season 1 of “The Talk,” also accused the Brit of saying it was “too ghetto” for the show.
Osbourne denied the allegations, calling it “accumulation.” She did, however, apologize for her comments on Piers Morgan after defending her comments on Meghan Markle’s mental health, prompting a heated on-air discussion between her and co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Lauper went on to say that she couldn’t just sit back and say nothing in defense of her friend.
“We all make mistakes,” he said. “We all want to have a second chance, but nobody wants to give a second chance. We all want to be forgiven, but no one wants to forgive. “
The “Time After Time” singer reiterated again that she believes Osbourne is “sincere” in wanting to change, and concluded: “I hope everyone is at least willing to listen to her.”
Fans had mixed feelings about Lauper’s feelings, but most agreed “don’t defend this.”
One person wrote: “I love you and you [sic] to be able to choose your own friends … but a woman of your age and celebrity stature knows exactly what you are saying … racism is not accepted. “
Another said: “Please understand that whether racism is intentional or not… it is still racism !!! Once you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong … there are no more apologies for racist behavior. “
Meanwhile, Osbourne’s future on “The Talk” is still up in the air.
The CBS morning show is on hiatus while it investigates racial insensitivity complaints, and there is apparently a behind-the-scenes blame game between the producers as to who is actually responsible for Osbourne and Underwood’s on-air altercation.