UPDATE: Sharon Osbourne says she’s ‘been set up’; weighing return to ‘The Talk’

Sheryl Underwood, from left, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve and Sara Gilbert arrive at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sheryl Underwood, from left, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve and Sara Gilbert arrive at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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Osbourne says she may not return after a hiatus was implemented for ‘The Talk’ due to a controversial chat about racism

NEW YORK — Sharon Osbourne is reportedly not sure if she will return to the CBS daytime show “The Talk” after an extensive hiatus began Wednesday due to a discussion about racism involving Osbourne, which went off the rails last week.

The network said in a statement that it is committed to “a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary.”

A CBS statement on the the extended hiatus Tuesday reads:

“CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions. We’re also very mindful of the important concerns expressed and discussions taking place regarding events on The Talk. This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary. The show will extend its production hiatus until next Tuesday as we continue to review these issues.”

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Osbourne reacted angrily last week during a discussion about British television personality Piers Morgan, who she describes as a friend. Morgan left the “Good Morning Britain” show after he said he didn't believe Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, when she said in an interview that she had considered suicide when unhappy with her life in Britain's royal family.

A fellow host, Sheryl Underwood, said to Osbourne on the show last Wednesday, “what would you say to people who may feel that, while you're standing by your friend, it appears that you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don't agree?” Underwood, like Markle, is Black.

Osbourne replied angrily, using words that were bleeped out, and said she felt like she was being placed on “the electric chair” for having a friend that some people think is racist.

The emotional discussion continued after a commercial break. At one point Osbourne said to Underwood, “don't try to cry. If anyone should be crying, it should be me.”

Osbourne, 68, told “Entertainment Tonight” that she’d been set up by CBS executives. She referred to a pact the panelists allegedly made in February after Carrie Ann Inaba caught fellow co-host Elaine Welteroth off guard with a question she had been given by producers. Inaba, who is Asian American, asked Welteroth, who is Black, what Osbourne called a “very naive” question about why white people couldn’t use the N-word. Osbourne told the entertainment newsmagazine that the hosts agreed not to blindside each other after that exchange became emotional.

She said the conversation with Underwood goes against that pact.

“I’ve been set up,” Osbourne told “ET,” describing her thoughts when the heated argument began. “And I went, like, how dare you all do this to me? I’m your sacrificial lamb.”

Osbourne also claimed later that the show’s producers told her offscreen that CBS had ordered she be confronted about her support for Morgan. CBS has not addressed that accusation.

The network would not say precisely what claims it is investigating. CBS said in a statement that it “is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions.”

Journalist Yashar Ali posted a story on Tuesday saying that Osbourne, wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne who came to fame during MTV's series about the family, has a history of making culturally offensive and bullying comments.

In response to that story, Osbourne spokesman Howard Bragman said she is “disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment.”

CBS said the show is expected back on the air next Tuesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Stephanie Toone contributed to this report.

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