- Sheryl Underwood said her former “Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne had not contacted her.
- In response, Osbourne shared screenshots of the text messages he says he sent to Underwood.
- The texts, dated March 12, 15 and 18, show Osbourne apologizing for their exchange on “The Talk.”
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Sharon Osbourne has shared text message screenshots that she says she sent to Sheryl Underwood apologizing for her heated on-air discussion about “The Talk” that led to Osbourne’s departure from the show.
Addressing Osbourne’s departure for the first time, Underwood spoke about the drama on his podcast series with three episodes from early April titled “Sharon Walks Away.”
Underwood was asked if Osbourne had approached her, to which Underwood categorically replied, “No.” Underwood shared his phone history to try to authenticate that claim and said the two had not spoken since the last time they were together on set.
Osbourne, however, has now come forward saying that he did reach out to his former colleague.
Osbourne showed the Daily Mail screenshots of the text messages he says were sent to Underwood. The first of these was dated March 12, just two days after the initial dramatic discussion about “The Talk,” which began when Osbourne defended her friend Piers Morgan against accusations of racism following her reactions to Prince Harry’s interview. and Meghan Markle with Oprah. Winfrey.
—Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 9, 2021
Osbourne’s text message, according to the Daily Mail, read: “Sheryl, my heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened by the events that occurred on Wednesday. I don’t want to lose my true friend to this. Fuck off during recess. , I’m sorry I accused you of pretending to cry while we were live and I’m sorry I lost my temper with you. “
Osbourne wrote that she was “shocked, scared and saddened” by the discussion that took place, adding that it felt like “an attack from the blind side.” Osbourne said that she and Underwood had always supported each other.
She signed the message offering a telephone conversation, writing “love and respect always – Sharon”.
The text conversation in the screenshots was left for three days until March 15, when Osbourne sent a second text message to Underwood.
Show Osbourne’s message: “I know you’re taking up space and I don’t want to disrespect that. I’m just communicating because I love you [to] I know I’m thinking of you If you’re willing, can we talk before Wednesday? “
Once again, the text seems to have no answer. Another three days later, on March 18, the screenshots showed a third and final text: “Sheryl, I am thinking of you. I hope you are well. Sending my love.”
Along with these shared screenshots, Osbourne told the Daily Mail that he also apologized to Underwood in person in his dressing room. Osbourne did not specify how Underwood responded, but told the Mail: “Why do you say I never apologized, Sheryl? What are you trying to do to me? Why are you trying to destroy my reputation? Just be honest. Tell me.”
Insider has reached out to representatives for Underwood for comment.
This is the latest development in a saga that began when Osbourne left “The Talk” after a hiatus and internal review of the CBS show. The broadcaster concluded that Osbourne’s “behavior” on the March 10 episode did not align with his values.
The investigation began after “Talk” co-host Elaine Welteroth and her hairdresser filed a complaint describing a “race-insensitive and hostile environment” on the show’s set. This came on the heels of the heated exchange on the March 10 show, during which Osbourne burst into tears defending Morgan.
Osbourne tweeted an apology to people of color for the exchange on March 12.
—Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 12, 2021
Osbourne said she was “shocked” by the questions about Morgan on the March 10 show and that CBS executives had pushed her co-hosts to ask questions about him. On her podcast, however, Underwood said that she was the moderator of that particular discussion and that none of the questions came from higher ups.
Osbourne was later accused of racism, as well as homophobia, by a former co-host, Leah Remini, who alleged that Osbourne called former co-host Julie Chen “slanted eyes” and “wonton” and called another former co-host, Sara Gilbert. , who is a lesbian, “fish eater”.
Osbourne denied these allegations and said she was being misled as a “sacrificial lamb.”