Sharon Osbourne Feels ‘Betrayed’ by Staffers at ‘The Talk’

LOS ANGELES - SEP 22: Sharon Osbourne at the Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at the Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

Sharon Osbourne has spoken out about her controversial exit earlier this year from The Talk following a heated on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood.

The British television personality told DailyMailTV in a Monday interview, she believes show producers set her up in an effort to boost ratings.

“They didn’t cut because they liked the controversy and they liked that everybody would be talking about this because they needed something for the show that was going into the toilet,” she said. “So they thought, well, she’s got the biggest following. Let’s go for her.”

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Osbourne also claimed she was “betrayed” by people at the show.

“I felt totally betrayed, not protected by CBS. I felt used. I felt like an old shoe,” she continued. “They didn’t care. It was a set up and it was set up by one of the executives.”

She also said shortly before the racially charged incident in March, an uncomfortable question from a viewer was asked live on air prompting the co-hosts to make a pact to have each other’s backs.

“We went to lunch and we all agreed that no, we wouldn’t hijack each other. We all agreed, we all drank on it. We all agreed,” she said.

Osbourne’s comments add to the flurry of controversies and host changes at the show. On Aug. 20, Carrie Ann Inaba officially announced her exit from the show. Days later,

Elaine Welteroth said she was leaving The Talk after co-hosting for one season. Underwood and Amanda Kloots are the only co-hosts to return for season 12, which began on Sept. 13.

As previously reported in July, actor Jerry O’Connell joined the show as its first male co-host followed by the announcement of a second male co-host, former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila.