Sharon Osbourne denies calling former 'The Talk' co-host Holly Robinson Peete 'too ghetto' for the show
- Holly Robinson Peete alleged that Sharon Osbourne complained she was "too ghetto" on "The Talk."
- Peete also suggested Osbourne played a role in her departure in 2011.
- Osbourne denied both allegations on Twitter days after sparking controversy for defending Piers Morgan.
Sharon Osbourne denied the allegation she complained that her former "The Talk" co-host, Holly Robinson Peete, was "too ghetto" to appear on the show.
Peete made the accusation on Friday in a tweet. The post featured a picture of "The Talk" original cast, including Osbourne, Peete, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, and Sarah Gilbert."I'm old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too "ghetto" for #theTalk...then I was gone," wrote Peete, who was fired in 2011 after the show's first season.
"I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because...she HAD to," she added, referring to the tense exchange from last Wednesday's episode.
-Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) March 12, 2021The next day after Peete's tweet, Osbourne on Twitter denied ever calling her former co-host "ghetto" and having any role in her firing.
"In response to Holly Robinson Peete's accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an email sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS," wrote Osbourne."As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk," she added.The tweet included what Osbourne wrote was an email from Peete sent just after her departure. The email blamed Julie Chen, a former co-host of "The Talk" who is married to former CBS CEO Les Moonves, for her dismissal.
-Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 13, 2021
Osbourne shared a follow-up tweet that specifically pushed back on the "too ghetto" allegation and Peete's firing.
"An addendum to my previous Tweet. Never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was "too ghetto" to be on the Talk, as well as not having her fired," wrote Osbourne.
-Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) March 14, 2021Representatives for Osbourne, Peete, and CBS did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.
Osbourne's defense of Piers Morgan thrust her into controversy
Last week, Osbourne defended Piers Morgan after being criticized for his comments about Meghan Markle and the CBS special, "Oprah with Meghan and Harry." He said Markle was a liar and suggested her story about experiencing suicidal thoughts while at Kensington Palace was unfounded.
"I don't know what he's uttered that's racist," Osbourne said. "I'm not trying to slide out of this one. Tell me, what has he uttered that's racist?"Osbourne was heard cursing as the show cut to commercial break. When the show returned, Osbourne was visibly upset and asked Underwood to "educate her." Two days later, she posted a lengthy apology on Twitter.
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