Sharon Osbourne refuses to go down without a fight as “The Talk” investigates allegations of racism and toxicity on the CBS show.
A source told us that Osbourne now expects to be fired, but will not be left without a big pay.
“The chain will have to pay her considerable compensation to keep her quiet after this,” the source said.
“She could write a book, she would do a world of interviews. She knows where all the bodies are buried. “
We were told that showrunners and joint executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews may have to take some of the fall over the race dispute because they allegedly failed to prepare Sharon for the heated showdown with Sheryl Underwood that started the drama.
Of the showrunners, a second source said: “They blew it. Not grooming Sharon was a fatal mistake. It has destroyed the show.
“They may also have to take the fall. The staff is waiting for the announcement that Sharon is finished, but in the meantime they are still pointing fingers, ”said the source.
Meanwhile, there is still a behind-the-scenes race to throw various members of the show’s production under the bus.
A third source told us that a different CBS executive was the person who made the call for the presenters to engage in a fuller discussion with Osbourne about his support for Piers Morgan’s controversial comments about Meghan Markle.
“Both [co-hosts] Elaine [Welteroth] and Sheryl [Underwood] they were informed 30-35 minutes [before going on air] that there was an executive decision to make it a [longer] conversation and they [the co-hosts] they were told that Sharon knew about it, ”the source said.
But Osbourne has said in interviews that he felt ambushed and did not know the topic would be a full segment. She also said she also feels CBS caught her off guard for creating explosive television.
And Osbourne’s subsequent media tour isn’t doing him any favors. The source said: “CBS is very unhappy that Sharon made up a story saying this is all personal retaliation against her for defending Piers because CBS was the home of Meghan Markle’s interview,” added the third source.
“The implication is that CBS was trying to protect its investment in [Harry and Meghan] interview and tried to make her a martyr, [and that] he is not helping her on the net. It is so implausible. Sharon finds herself in this situation because of her actions and nothing else. Ultimately, he’s going to compromise whatever happens to him in the future. “
Page Six previously reported that co-host Elaine Welteroth and a stylist had complained about the alleged “hostile and race-insensitive environment” on the show.
A source said: “Elaine Welteroth and her stylist complained to Human Resources about Sharon Osbourne’s recent exchange with Sheryl Underwood. They said they did not feel comfortable working in a hostile and race-insensitive environment. “
CBS sent a note to all hosts, crew and other staff asking that anyone with complaints come forward or report their concerns to an anonymous tip line.
An explosive report then emerged that according to former “The Talk” co-host Leah Remini, Osbourne had referred to former host Julie Chen, who is Chinese-American, as a “wonton” and “slanted eyes” and the host. Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as a “py licker” during their time together on “The Talk.”
But Osbourne denied calling Chen any racial epithet, calling the accusation “bullshit.”
“Everybody has an opinion or a story like the Wonton story. It’s like, fuck your damn Wonton story. Fuck you, ”Osbourne said in an interview.
Representatives for CBS and Osbourne did not comment to Page Six.