She had been on the show for 11 years.
Well, that’s it. Sharon Osbourne “has decided” to leave The conversation.
CBS announced the news in a statement, saying: “The events of the March 10 broadcast upset everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior towards his co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values of a respectful workplace. “
Sharon’s departure occurs after she defended Piers Morgan’s racist comments against Meghan Markle, which sparked a heated conversation with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Sharon posted an apology shortly after the incident, but in an interview with Variety, she said she was shocked and blamed the network.
But CBS denied these claims in its statement, saying, “We also found no evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or caught any of the presenters by surprise.”
At the same time, we acknowledge that the network and studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are responsible for what happened during that broadcast, as it was clear that the staff did not adequately prepare the co-hosts for a complex and sensitive discussion that it involves race. During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions, and training on equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness for hosts, producers, and crew.
“Moving forward, we are identifying plans to improve production staff and production procedures to better serve hosts, production and ultimately our viewers,” the network concluded.
Sharon has hosted at The conversation for 11 years, since its first season. It is not yet known if she will be replaced, but the show will return on April 12, so I guess we will know more then.
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