After her departure from CBS’ The Talk in March 2021 following a heated discussion about race, Sharon Osbourne says she was blacklisted and received death threats.
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Sharon departed The Talk after she and fellow host, Sheryl Underwood, got into a tense, verbal altercation during a discussion regarding Piers Morgan and his opinions surrounding race after Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
While Osbourne stated she did not necessarily agree with Morgan’s remarks, deemed racist by many, she relentlessly defended her longtime friend, Morgan, ultimately discrediting the discomfort co-host Underwood felt as a Black woman surrounding Piers’ comments.
Osbourne’s behavior on the show led to not only an internal investigation and a hiatus from the air for the show, but death threats to Sharon and her family.
"They were saying they were going to come in the night, cut my throat, cut Ozzy [Osbourne's] throat, cut my dogs’ throats," she explained via the U.K. Sunday Times. "I said, ‘I ain’t going out, I ain’t doing anything.’ I just couldn’t stop crying because all I was thinking about was all the things that I’ve gone through in my life, and now they’re calling me a racist. This is insanity."
Osbourne claims the backlash was so fierce she turned to ketamine therapy to ease her anxiety and depression.
"If you’re a person that stuffs things – ‘I’m fine, I’m fine’ – this drug relaxes you," she shared. "You’re not out completely. You can hear, you can talk, but you’re so relaxed, and you can’t bulls*** on it. It’s a truth drug."
The Talk returned to the air for its 12th season in September 2021 with Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila as hosts. Shortly after the premiere, journalist Natalie Morales joined the show which will continue to air new episodes through August 2022.
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