Sharon Osbourne Lashes Back at Critics; Gets Support from Andy Cohen

Thursday March 18, 2021

"Crap. All crap," Sharon Osbourne told the Daily Mail in response to queer journalist Yashar Ali's claims that she made racist and homophobic comments about her "The Talk" co-hosts.

"Everyone's got an opinion or a story like the wonton story. It's like f**k off with your f**king wonton story. F**k off!"

She continued: "Everybody's got an opinion and everybody's got a voice — it's fine. It's about knowing somebody's been called out for something and then somebody else is like, 'yes!! I'm going to add something too.'

"Of course, it's a pile on. People want to add fuel to the fire and it comes with the territory and that's fine."

On Tuesday, queer journalist Yashar Ali claimed that sources had told him of Osbourne's racist and homophobic comments in the past. Ali contends that Osbourne "would frequently refer to then-co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese American, as 'wonton' and 'slanty eyes,' according to multiple sources, including former co-host Leah Remini."

Ali also claims that Osbourne also "referred to former co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as 'pussy licker' and 'fish eater,' according to multiple sources including Remini."

Vanity Fair reports that "the report asserts that Osbourne was lashing out at her colleagues because she felt Chen was trying to take center stage on the show and Gilbert was doing nothing to stop her."

CBS put "The Talk" on hiatus while it investigates claims of racism and a toxic work environment on the show, but this didn't keep Bravo's Andy Cohen from expressing his support Osbourne.

"Discussing the saga on Thursday, Andy said he believes that Sharon should never have been taken off-air," reports the Daily Mail.

"In my mind, what they should have done with the Sharon Osbourne thing, is go back, get back on the horse the next day, talk it out on the air. Keep talking," the reality TV producer told Australian radio program The Kyle And Jackie O Show.

Listen to the Andy Cohen segment at the 1:28 mark in the broadcast at this link.

What prompted the controversy was Osbourne's dramatic confrontation with co-host Sheryl Underwood on the show's March 10 episode following her defense of Morgan. She had tweeted following Morgan's attacks on Megan Markle: "I am with you. I stand by you. People forget you get paid for your opinion and that you are speaking your truth."

After defending Morgan, Underwood, who is Black, pushed back at Osbourne saying that by standing by Morgan, she was seconding his racism. This further agitated Osbourne who said: "I feel even like I am about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist."

Visibly upset, Osbourne demanded that Underwood explain how Morgan (and by inference herself) was racist. And, she cautioned her not to cry because "if anyone should be crying, it should be me."

Osbourne later apologized for her behavior, but CBS put the show on hiatus until next week as it investigates the incident and claims of there being a toxic work environment on the show.

Adding to Osbourne's woes is Elaine Welteroth, who recently joined the "The Talk" panel, complained to CBS of a "racially insensitive and hostile environment" on the show after the March 10 incident, Page Six reports. She was joined in her complaint by her hairstylist, who, according to a source, initiated the CBS investigation. "They said they don't feel comfortable working in a racially insensitive and hostile environment, and this complaint launched the investigation," writes Page Six.