“Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin Frazier suggested that several prominent Hollywood black women come together to help Sharon Osbourne “learn” about race.
It backfired spectacularly.
Frazier interviewed Osbourne Tuesday about the aftermath of their explosive on-air discussion with his “The Talk” co-host Sheryl Underwood, who watched the show off the air pending an investigation.
She posted a photo of the chat on Instagram, tagging Osbourne and Underwood, as well as former “Talk” co-host Holly Robinson Peete, who has accused Osbourne of calling her a “ghetto,” and actress and outspoken advocate for racial justice Amanda. Signals. He also tagged Meghan Markle, who was the subject of a heated exchange with Underwood, and “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison, who is embroiled in his own racial scandal.
He suggested they have a “summit,” saying, “At some point we all have to get to a point where we can sit together and have a difficult conversation about race. I don’t know what will happen next for Sharon Osbourne, but I do know that it is time for a meaningful conversation, a learning moment. She is ready.”
Osbourne liked the post, but it didn’t sit well with a number of black actresses, including “Insecure” star Seale.
You must be out of your damn mind. How about putting your energy into providing a safe space for those on the show who have been terrorized by its rampant racism / classism / xenophobia? “, Answered.
Frazier replied, “I’ve been doing that for years … I wanted to hear your thoughts, that’s why I tagged you, I respect your opinion, I’m not trying to get into a fight.”
“Well this time you missed your mark, BROTHA,” Seales said.
Meanwhile, Sherri Shepherd sarcastically said that Osbourne’s “public apology” to Underwood and another former co-host, Julie Chen Moonves, who has been accused of calling “wonton” and “slanted eyes” “must have been missed,” which Osbourne denies. . Shepherd added: “I don’t think Sharon is ready for anything.”
Frazier ended up deleting the post. On Wednesday he tried to clarify his intentions. “I was suggesting that there was a place, in the mainstream, where people (like Sheryl and Holly) could express their feelings without being silenced or gagged (and I can tell you that there were people who worked to silence Hollys. [sic] voice after she left), ”he said.
Peete, who believes Osbourne may have contributed to her firing from the show in 2011, welcomed the follow-up post.
“Thank you for acknowledging the way I was treated after I was fired from ‘The Talk’ in such a petty and unnecessary way. Sharon was part of that. She knows it. It doesn’t matter what she says. Now everything is coming to light and I don’t think she is close to being ‘ready’ for any kind of responsibility. That’s just my opinion, ”he said.
Seales, on the other hand, republished his original post, telling him: “Cut the kumbaya tactics. It’s very easy to protect black women. “
“It is not the responsibility of blacks to educate whites on how they cannot be idiots. Ok them [bleeping] invented racism. Because the [bleep] we have to teach you how not to be racist, ”he said in a five-minute video. “Expecting us to do that and, as a black person, try to bring people together in that space is … just silly and also not respectful of our time and energy.”
He added that Underwood and Robinson Pete have been “the most affected by this woman’s racist nonsense,” and said, “so you’re basically asking the victims to come and have a little meeting with their attacker, so this bitch can Feel better? No, we are not on the white rehab train. “
A representative for “ET” and Frazier had no comment.