CBS extends ‘The Discuss’ hiatus after Sharon Osbourne outburst

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The manufacturing hiatus on “The Discuss” has been prolonged till March 23 as CBS investigates occasions that arose on the present final week after panelist Sharon Osbourne defended pal Piers Morgan in opposition to accusations of racism.

The dialog on the present final week grew tense and awkward because it turned to race. An emotional Osbourne declared that she was not racist, then instructed co-host Sheryl Underwood to not cry as they mentioned Morgan’s inflammatory feedback in regards to the former Meghan Markle after the Duchess of Sussex’s latest interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Osbourne additionally requested Underwood, who’s Black, to “educate” her on what Morgan, who give up “Good Morning Britain” final week over the flap, had stated that was racist.

“CBS is dedicated to a various, inclusive and respectful office throughout all of our productions,” a spokesperson for the community stated in an announcement Tuesday. “We’re additionally very aware of the necessary considerations expressed and discussions happening concerning occasions on ‘The Discuss.’ This features a course of the place all voices are heard, claims are investigated and acceptable motion is taken the place needed.”

Osbourne issued an apology Friday. The community introduced over the weekend that “The Discuss” could be on maintain briefly whereas it appeared into the scenario.

The identical day because the apology, by way of Twitter, Holly Robinson Peete accused Osbourne of calling her and Leah Remini — each former co-hosts on “The Discuss” — too “ghetto” to remain on the present previous its first season. Osbourne denied utilizing the time period and said Saturday that she had no energy over hiring and firing on “The Discuss.”

Then on Tuesday, journalist Yashar Ali, in an article on Substack, reported on racist, anti-Asian feedback allegedly made by Osbourne in opposition to former panelist Julie Chen and crude homophobic feedback allegedly made in opposition to Sara Gilbert, one other former panelist. Chen left the present in late 2018, across the time her husband, Les Moonves, resigned in shame from his job as CBS’ chief govt amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I really feel … like I’m about to be put within the electrical chair as a result of I’ve a good friend who many individuals suppose is a racist, in order that makes me a racist,” Osbourne instructed Underwood on final Wednesday’s present. “And for me, at 68 years of age, to have to show round and say, ‘I ain’t racist.’ … How can I be racist about anyone or something in my life? How can I?”

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