Sharon Osbourne is being accused of spreading “misinformation” about her co-hosts in an effort to save face in their racial controversy on “The Talk.”
The show launched an investigation last week after a heated on-air exchange between Osbourne and co-host Sheryl Underwood about Osbourne’s public support for his friend Piers Morgan after he made allegedly racist comments about Megan Markle.
Osbourne gave an interview to “Entertainment Tonight” earlier this week about the controversy, in which she said she was willing to have another on-air conversation about race, adding that co-host Elaine Welteroth “especially wants this to happen. “
“Elaine really wants to improve this and for a conversation to come up that helps other people and probably also people my age who would help them,” Osbourne said.
But insiders tell us that it is Osbourne who is manipulating the situation.
“Sharon is basically running around using her hosts as a footstool to help spread misinformation of her deeply offensive actions,” said a source.
“She has been throwing [her co-hosts] under the bus all week. the [‘ET’] The interview was a complete lie, ”said another. “If she comes back, Sheryl [Underwood] You can work with her and provide good television, but I doubt their 11-year friendship is the same. “
Meanwhile, insiders said Osbourne was not supposed to be doing interviews while the investigation is ongoing in the first place.
“Everyone follows the rules and she doesn’t. She is leading the story and everyone is running with her, ”said a source.
Meanwhile, Welteroth disagreed that “ET” removed the Bible verses he posted on Instagram as a “practice of prayer and self-care” for a story they posted about the controversy.
Welteroth had published several passages of scripture, including: “Come to me for understanding, for I know you far better than yourself. I understand you in all your complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from me ”.
An article on the “ET” website misinterpreted the passages as a “message of forgiveness” amid the controversy, repeating Osbourne’s quotes that Welteroth was eager to have another on-air discussion about race.
“Where is your journalistic integrity?” He asked “ET” on social media. “Please do not try to manipulate me or the writing I published to paint a false narrative by running it together with an unverified quote from someone in crisis who names me without my permission.”
She added: “Black women are not pawns used without consent to protect perpetrators from harm. And neither is the word of God. How dare you turn my self-care practice into a weapon to push your schedule? This is getting dark. Please stop. “
“ET” then wrote down the story.
Page Six reported exclusively that Welteroth was the one who complained to Human Resources about the racial insensitivity and toxicity in the program.
“The Talk” has been on hiatus for a week and is expected to return on Tuesday, but we are told that “it is not clear” if they will return on that date. “No directives have been issued” as of Friday afternoon, according to a source.
The representatives did not comment.