Sharon Osbourne's apology regarding racist comments on "The Talk" feels like one, giant excuse
On Tuesday, 'The Talk' co-host spoke to ET's Kevin Frazier to address those racially insensitive comments she made regarding racism on the show. However, the apology felt more like a giant excuse rather than a genuine apology.
Sharon Osbourne is doing a lot right now. Primarily making excuses for herself. On Tuesday, 'The Talk' co-host spoke to ET's Kevin Frazier to address those racially insensitive comments she made regarding racism on the show. However, the apology felt more like a giant excuse rather than an apology.
For those who didn't catch the March 10th episode of 'The Talk,' an emotional debate evolved over Piers Morgan's controversial comments regarding Megan Markle. Morgan is a good friend of Osbourne's, whom she continued to defend on the show. Osbourne later apologized on Twitter saying, "to anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said."
Throughout her interview with Frazier, Osbourne continued to express how she felt "blindsided" by co-host Sheryl Underwood for questioning her defense of Morgan, saying she wasn't adequately prepared by producers. Just eight minutes before taping, Osbourne mentioned how one of the showrunners asked if she would be OK discussing Morgan and her overall thoughts on the situation, to which, Osbourne reportedly replied, "I'll answer whatever they want me to answer."
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Usually when someone is blindsided, they often aren't aware of what's going on. But it seems as if showrunners prepped Osbourne beforehand. However, Osbourne is standing by her story and claiming she was "set-up," by producers.
"Sheryl turns around and asks me this question and....she was reading it off a card. It wasn't on my cards. And then Elaine [Welteroth]'s reading her questions and I'm like, 'I've been set up.' They're setting me up. My anger was like, I cannot believe this, I'm your sacrificial lamb," Osbourne said.
The Talk is on hiatus this week, but Osbourne told ET she's uncertain of her future on the show, and whether or not she'll return. In addition, Osbourne said she's willing to have an on-air conversation regarding race, where the controversy can become a teachable moment.
"I very much want to listen to the youth," Osbourne notes. "Do I have my finger on the pulse of what's going on, with the Black situation in this country? No. ... The ins and the outs of the way the younger generation feel right now, I don't have my finger on the pulse," Osbourne said. "Elaine does and Elaine very much wants to make this better and to have a conversation come out of this that will help other people and probably people of my age too that would help them."
The "Black situation?" Oddly put, but alright.
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Here's the thing, I've always admired Osbourne's outspoken nature. There was an honesty to her that was refreshing. However, this latest controversy has made me re-examine my respect for Osbourne. To me, it seems she's managed to create this narrative for herself where she's the victim.
"I let myself down," Osbourne adds. "I let her down by losing my cool, by not centering myself to say, 'OK, for some reason they're doing this to me ... you're on national TV, stay calm, stay calm.' and I didn't. So. I blew it. But that does not make me a racist."
While that might be true, blaming others while delivering an apology doesn't necessarily help Osbourne's case. It'll only adds fuel to the fire. You can watch the entire discussion above and make up your own mind.
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