Sharon Osbourne’s heated argument with Sheryl Underwood has seen The Talk taken off air by CBS amid a probe into the fiery exchange.
The pair had clashed over Sharon’s defence of Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan following his outbursts about Meghan Markle after her bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey.
Sheryl said that the attacks by Piers were ‘racist’ and in defending him, this could put Sharon in the same ballpark.
Sharon has vehemently denied being racist and has hit out at her fellow panelists on The Talk as well as CBS for “blindsiding” her about the subject before she was asked about her tweeted support of Piers while live on the show.
Sharon has since apologised “to anyone of colour” that she may have offended after her heated exchange with Sheryl.
CBS cancelled the remaining scheduled shows of The Talk last week and has now announced that it will be going on a hiatus while an internal investigation into the unsavoury incident.
In a statement, the network said: “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.”
On Friday, Sharon claimed that she had been kept in the dark about speaking about Piers until they were live on the show.
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Speaking to Variety, Sharon said: “I blame the network for it. I was blindsided, totally blindsided by the whole situation.
“In my 11 years, this was the first time I was not involved with the planning the segment.”
Sharon said that she was only asked eight minutes before they went on air whether she could be asked about her controversial tweet in support of Piers.
She continued: “I said, ‘Sure, they can ask me whatever. But then I get on there, I say my piece and Sheryl [Underwood] turns around straight-faced, looks at me and is reading from a card with questions.
“I was just so hurt, caught off guard and stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared. I was honestly in shock.
“I felt like I was in front of a firing squad. I felt like a lamb held out for slaughter. They had me there for 20 minutes.”
Sharon said she “begged” her co-hosts “to stop, to please change subjects,” during a commercial break.
She added: “I don’t know why they did it to me. The showrunners told me it came from executives to do this to me.”
Sharon tweeted an apology on Thursday, ahead of attacking the network over the matter.
She wrote: “To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said.
“I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over.”
She went on to say that she “is not perfect,” is “still learning” and “will continue to learn, listen and do better.”
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