Actor Leah Remini and others are accusing Sharon Osbourne of creating racist and homophobic feedback about her previous co-hosts on “The Speak.”
Journalist Yashar Ali reported Tuesday that Osbourne has a protracted report of insulting the race and sexual orientation of former “Speak” co-hosts like Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert.
Ali stated a number of sources, together with former co-host Remini, stated Osbourne referred to Chen, who’s Chinese language American, as “wonton” and “slanty eyes,” and to Gilbert, who’s lesbian, as “pussy licker” and “fish eater.”
Osbourne’s publicist Howard Bragman denied the allegations within the following assertion to Ali:
The one factor worse than a disgruntled former worker is a disgruntled former discuss present host.
For 11 years Sharon has been variety, collegial and pleasant along with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them events, inviting them to her dwelling within the UK and different gestures of kindness too many to call.
Sharon is upset however unfazed and hardly stunned by the lies, the recasting of historical past and the bitterness popping out at this second.
She is going to survive this, as she all the time has and her coronary heart will stay open and good, as a result of she refuses to let others take her down. She thanks her household, mates and followers for standing by her and understanding her true nature.
Osbourne got here underneath hearth this week after she defended TV persona Piers Morgan on her present for feedback he made about Meghan Markle.
Issues received heated after co-host Sheryl Underwood, who’s Black, defined how Morgan’s feedback rejecting the Duchess of Sussex’s account of her psychological well being struggles verged on racism.
Osbourne later apologized to “anybody of colour” that she offended and added that “there are only a few issues that damage my coronary heart greater than racism so to really feel related to that spun me quick!”
CBS introduced on Monday that “The Speak” is taking a short hiatus in order that the trade between Underwood and Osbourne will be investigated.
Nevertheless, since that authentic trade, former co-host Holly Robinson Peete has additionally accused Osbourne of claiming she was “too ghetto” for the present.
Osbourne denied these allegations to Selection, saying, “That’s not in my vocabulary. I don’t communicate like that. The one ghetto I do know is the Warsaw Ghetto, and I believe that’s the one time I’ve ever referred to one thing like that.”
Ali famous that an episode of “The Speak” from January 2011 confirmed Osbourne utilizing the phrase “ghetto” to confer with Remini’s Brooklyn accent.
CBS didn’t remark to Ali in regards to the allegations in opposition to Osbourne, however the community launched an announcement to Selection in regards to the hiatus:
CBS is dedicated to a various, inclusive and respectful office throughout all of our productions. We’re additionally very aware of the essential considerations expressed and discussions happening relating to occasions on ‘The Speak.’ This features a course of the place all voices are heard, claims are investigated and acceptable motion is taken the place obligatory. The present will prolong its manufacturing hiatus till subsequent Tuesday as we proceed to assessment these points.
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