The wrestling star and Oprah Winfrey launched a campaign to help people affected by the fires.
Houston claimed on an Instagram Story that his comments were taken “out of context.”
The awards were handed out Sunday in London.
“I should have been more in tune with her feelings,” Cohen said Monday.
The criticism comes after Lizzo faced anger for using the same word.
“I never want to promote derogatory language,” the singer said in a statement.
The Public Enemy co-founder angered fans by asking if Kelly will be given a chance at redemption.
The series was created as a competition hosted by Usher, Julianne Hough, and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas.
The hip-hop mogul responded with a defiant post mocking the backlash.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” CBS said in a statement Friday.