Piers Morgan: Sharon Osbourne clashes with co-host over support
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Piers Morgan, 55, was repulsed to find out that his long-time friend and ally over the past few weeks has been hit with death threats for sticking up for him over his Good Morning Britain departure and his comments on Meghan Markle. Sharon Osbourne, 68, defended the ITV star but has since been at the centre of a whirlwind of abuse, after an on-air dispute with co-host Sheryl Underwood, 57, on her US chat show The Talk.
If you don’t agree with them, they want to kill you
The controversial row made headlines everywhere and the fallout from the argument led to producers pulling the show from air last week.
CBS said in a statement: “We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace.
“All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review.”
It stemmed from a tweet Sharon posted in support of Piers to her 2.3million followers, which read: “@piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
Her social media has since been flooded with abuse following the explosive debate, which saw Piers return the favour and defend his friend, confirming it was all true.
Reposting the TMZ article, he penned: “This is true, and so disgusting.
“The woke brigade are the new fascists. If you don’t agree with them, they want to kill you.”
Sharon has been branded a “racist” and received several calls to her home threatening her safety after the on-air “dust-up”.
TMZ reported that a private security company has been stationed outside the Osbournes’ LA home all week to “keep an eye on things”.
During the episode that aired on 10 March, Sharon said: “Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No,
“Because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion… I support him for his freedom of speech, and he’s my friend.
“I’m not racist… I don’t care what colour or what religion anyone is. Are you a nice person? That’s what I judge you on.”
Sheryl hit back and challenged her colleague, saying: “What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?”
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Sharon admitted she felt like she was about to be put “in the electric chair” for defending her friend.
She continued: “Because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist? What does it gotta do with me?”(sic)
The former X Factor judge said to Sheryl: “Educate me. Tell me when you have heard him say racist things.”
Her co-star replied: “It is not the exact words of racism, it’s the implication and the reaction to it.”
Sharon has since apologised for her approach during the debate but said she felt blindsided by the TV network.
“I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the black community & I have deep respect & love for the black community,” she said on Twitter.
“To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.”
It comes after the Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey how she had felt suicidal at times after becoming a Senior Royal.
But on the morning after the interview aired in the US, Piers told GMB viewers that he wouldn’t even believe Meghan Markle if she gave him a weather report.
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