Sharon Osbourne has spoken out for the first time since being forced to step down from The Talk...
And she's fiercely defended herself by saying she will not tolerate being called racist.
Scroll on to watch her address the explosive few weeks...
Now, we all know Sharon Osbourne is a woman of many talents.
But there's no denying that her marriage to the infamous Ozzy Osbourne is the thing that threw her into the spotlight.
The pair met when Sharon began managing Ozzy's band, Black Sabbath, in the 1970s...
And they immediately began a very chaotic and turbulent relationship.
After nearly a decade of on-and-off dating, they officially tied the knot in 1982...
via: GettyAnd went on to have 3 children together, Aimee, Kelly, and Jack.
And always the businesswoman...
via: GettySharon decided to cash in on her rather bizarre family set up, and collaborated with MTV to start the reality TV show, The Osbournes, in 2002.
Following the success of the show, Sharon became a celebrity in her own right.
And in 2007, Sharon starred as a judge on America's Got Talent, and the British singing show, The X Factor.
And, since 2010...
via: GettySharon has also been a panelist on The Talk, where she interviews and chats with an array of different celebrities.
But in the last few weeks, things have taken a sour turn.
The talk show host has found herself in some seriously hot water after making some "controversial" comments about Meghan Markle in defense of her long-term friend, Piers Morgan.
It all started when Piers Morgan was accused of "bullying" Meghan Markle in an unrelenting series of rants, both on and offline.
Lots of people on here want me fired for expressing my opinion on the Pinocchio Princess. If you want to join them, there are various petitions still doing the rounds from the last few times you've all tried, and failed, to have me fired for saying what I think.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021
He referred to her as a "liar" while she was discussing her mental health and said he wouldn't believe her if she was giving him the weather report.
But after facing intense backlash for his comments, he resigned from Good Morning Britain.
I wouldn’t believe Meghan Markle if she gave me a weather report.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 8, 2021
And that's when Sharon decided she would jump in to defend him.
The star told Sheryl Underwood on The View that she felt he did nothing wrong.
When stuff like this happens, true friends run towards you, fake friends run away. I love Sharon Osbourne because she always stays true to herself.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 10, 2021
She knew she would get abused by the woke brigade for tweeting this - but did it anyway because it what she believes. https://t.co/gYnSwXZsUe
"I know he has a right to say what he feels on the interview, as we have a right to say and everybody has a right to say what they feel with freedom of speech," Sharon explained.
"Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it's his opinion. It's not my opinion.
"But why is it that because I supported a long-time friend and work colleague of mine for years that everybody goes, if you support him, then you must be racist because he's racist?"
"This is the situation. You tell me where you have heard him say, educate me, tell me when you have heard him [Morgan] say racist things."
Sheryl replied with this:
"It is not the exact words of racism. It is the implication and the reaction to it. To not want to address that, because she is a black woman, and to try and dismiss it or to make it seem less than it is. That's what makes it racist. Right now I am talking to a woman I believe is my friend. I don't want anybody here to watch this and think we are attacking you for being racist."
Sharon replied: "I think it's too late. That seed is already sown."
Her other co-host, Elaine Welteroth, added that it was a moment to "stand up for anti-racism."
"When we give passes or give space to people who are saying damaging, harmful things, what we're kind of doing is permissing it. And I think that's what people are reacting to."
But no one could excuse Sharon's aggression during the rant when discussing racism.
"And don't try and cry. 'Cause if anyone should be crying, it should be me," Sharon claimed while Sheryl replied, "But right now, I'm talking to a woman who I believe is my friend."
After the scandal, Sharon released a statement in which she tried to recognize how her behavior may have come across.
In it, she wrote how she's always received support and love from the Black community and apologized to anyone she's let down because of her recent actions. She even addressed the fact that she let her "fear and horror of being accused of being a racist take over."
But she also hit back at her critics.
"I'm like, 'I've been set up.' And I went like, 'How dare you all do this to me?' I'm your sacrificial lamb. I was so angry, I cannot begin to tell you. Not with Sheryl, not with Elaine, not with anybody," she explained.
"But a company that I've worked at for eleven years. It's the cancel culture, isn't it? Throw her under the bus."
But while Sharon said she was "truly sorry" if her comments caused offense...
She has proven that she actually did apologize to Sheryl after the very public disagreement.
In text messages obtained by the Daily Mail, she actually reached out to Sheryl multiple times.
"Sheryl, My heart is heavy and I'm deeply saddened by the events that transpired on Wednesday. I don't want to lose my true friend over this. I'm sorry for telling you to f**k off during the break, I'm sorry for accusing you of fake crying while we were live on air and I'm sorry for losing my temper with you. I felt shocked, scared, and saddened by what felt like was a blind-sided attack," the messages read.
"You know me. You know how I've always had your back. We've outlasted everyone on this show and that's because we've always been a team and had each other's backs. I consider you a genuine friend. If you want to talk on the phone over the weekend I'm here. Once again from the bottom of my heart I'm sorry. Is there anything You need from me or that I can do to help you heal? Love and respect always - Sharon."
So, as you can see, it's been a very turbulent few weeks for Sharon...
And now, she's finally sat down for her first interview since the drama kicked off.
The talk show star appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday where she hit out at claims she was "racist"...
And she slammed "woke culture" for canceling anyone who couldn't keep up with changing "acceptable" language.
"I'm angry. I'm hurt," she said when asked about the scandal.
"I've been called so many things in my life. I am so used to be called names. But a racist is one I will not take."
Bill then confronted Sharon about accusations that she used derogatory language about some former The Talk co-hosts.
"We don't condone any bad language anywhere but I'm just saying, first of all, we're talking about four ladies... I know that men are dogs," Bill said, to which Sharon responded with:
"And we're b******! And that's the way it goes, that's the way it goes. We'll go, 'Jesus, did you see what she was just wearing?' And then you go, 'Oh hi, you look great.' You know, we're b****** and that's the way it is. And this has brought it all out."
Sharon then told Bill she had never used language alleged by former co-host Leah Remini...
Who claimed Sharon said Julie Chen was a "wonton" and "slanty eyes" and called Sara Gilbert a "p**** licker" and "fish eater."
"Those kinds of offensive slurs are not in my vocabulary... it's just disgruntled ladies."
Bill asked if the racial allegations being thrown around meant that "you have to agree with everything Meghan Markle says or you're a racist? Is this the standard now?"
"Okay, I'm trying to go back and think of the words that somebody who is meant to be an expert in 'woke' language," Sharon responded, "As is acceptable today, saying that it took away her feelings and that she's entitled to her feelings and that she was stripped of those by Piers."
Sharon added that Meghan is "entitled to her opinion and Piers is entitled to his and that's what it's all about and then you are entitled to a disagreement."
She also criticized Prince Harry for his own perceived problems with racism and his family when she claimed he was a classic example of "white privilege."
"You know when they say white privilege? You know, right there with Harry. Right there. He is the poster boy. So you know, he sits there and says 'daddy cut him off and he's not on the wages anymore' and he was boohooing about it."
You can watch a snippet of Sharon's interview here:
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