Holly Robinson Peete Says Sharon Osbourne Got Her Fired From ‘The Talk’ – Osbourne Responds

Sharon Osbourne and Hollywood Robinson Peete on The Talk. (Credit: CBS)

Holly Robinson Peete says she was pushed out of The Talk after Sharon Osbourne complained she was “too ghetto” for the CBS daytime show.

The actress and activist, who co-hosted the show in 2010 during its first season, shared her thoughts amid a controversy surrounding Osbourne for exploding while defending Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle.

“I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too ‘ghetto’ for #theTalk … then I was gone,” Robinson Peete posted on Instagram Friday. “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.”

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Robinson Peete’s comments came in response to a tense exchange on Wednesday’s episode of The Talk, when Osbourne raised her voice and cursed at fellow co-host Sheryl Underwood.

The tension escalated when Underwood asked Osbourne, “What would you say to people who feel that while you’re standing by your friend [Morgan], it appears that you give validation or safe haven to something that he’s uttered that is racist? Even if you don’t agree with it.”

Osbourne responded, “I don’t know what he’s uttered that’s racist. I’m not trying to slide out of this one, I don’t know—tell me. What has he uttered that’s racist?” She then became defensive, raised her voice at Underwood and said, “And I think we should stop this f–king,” before her microphone was muted.

CBS said Friday it’s investigating what happened on the episode.

“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review,” the network said in a statement.

As for Robinson Peete, Osbourne insists she didn’t get the actress fired from The Talk, and posted a letter she received from her former co-host when she exited the show.

“In response to Holly Robinson Peete’s accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an e-mail sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk,” Osbourne tweeted.

Meanwhile, Osbourne apologized for losing her cool on the show after social media users accused her of “public gaslighting.”

“After some reflection, after sitting with your comments & sitting with my heart I would like to address the discussion on The Talk this past Wednesday,” Osbourne tweeted Thursday. “I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the Black community & I have deep respect & love for the Black community. To anyone of colour that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.”