Former co-host of The Talk, Sharon Osbourne sat down with Bill Maher for her first interview post being ousted from the long running chat show. And she is no longer holding back!
‘I’m angry. I’m hurt,’ Osbourne told Maher on Friday on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher. ‘I’ve been called so many things in my life. I am so used to be called names. But a racist is one I will not take,’ she said.
The scandal that saw Osbourne fired from The Talk after an 11 year tenure began after she defended longtime friend, Piers Morgan when he sounded off at Meghan Markle and the claims she made during her sit down interview with husband Prince Harry and interviewer, Oprah Winfrey.
No Longer Muzzled: Sharon Osbourne Calls Prince Harry ‘Poster Boy for White Privilege’ and Ex-colleagues ‘Disgruntled Ladies’ on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Morgan claimed on Good Morning Britain, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.’ Morgan has since left his show, also.
Osbourne defense of Morgan’s ‘freedom of speech’ on The Talk the next day led to a heated exchange with co-host Sheryl Underwood, accusations of Osbourne being racist and the Brit’s eventual firing.
“He was called a racist and lost his job, and you were called a racist and lost your job. Do I have it right?” Maher summed up.
During the interview, Osbourne and Maher waxed lyrical about the good old days before ‘cancel culture’ and pre the ‘woke police’, while discussing who decides ‘acceptable language’ (shockingly not many people find calling an Asian co-host a won-ton acceptable). However, throughout the interview, there was very little said in the way of accountability.
It became abundantly obvious that Osbourne still does not understand that her siding with Morgan in his dismissal of Markle’s claims of suffering with her mental health and other people’s issues on her skin color (especially when it came to children) is damaging for any who feels the same but is perhaps hesitant to come forth and get help, for fear of dismissal or ridicule, themselves.
Calling Queen Elizabeth II “an old bag” and Duchess Meghan “girl” and asking, “You have to agree with everything Meghan Markle says or you’re a racist? Is this the standard now?”, Maher was clearly on team Osbourne and he too, seems to have missed the point.
Maher’s remarks spurred Osbourne on who continued to denigrate Meghan and Harry, saying that all of Meghan’s claims about the royal family were baseless (because, you know, Sharon was there) and that Harry is a poster boy of ‘white privilege’ for believing he should still have royal protection for a role he was born into.
Osbourne wasn’t done unleashing her pent-up fury yet, however, turning on her ex co-hosts. When Maher asked about the flood of claims from former colleagues about the offensive slurs she has allegedly used against them, Osbourne maintained that those words and names were “not in my vocabulary.”
Apparently, those claims were also baseless and she put it down to a case of sour-grapes. “It’s disgruntled ladies,” she professed.
Osbourne finished up the interview by assuring Maher and her fans “I’m fine, I’m fine. I’m a fighter and I’m doing just fine.”
I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll hear from Sharon Osbourne now that she no longer has to hold her tongue!
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