‘The Talk’ Cancels Episodes Amid Fallout From Heated Race Debate

The Talk cohosts for the 2021 season. Credit: CBS

The Talk will be off the air for several episodes following last week’s tense exchange on race between co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.

Variety reports the Monday and Tuesday episodes of the CBS daytime talk show were canceled while the network launches an investigation into what took place on the controversial 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,” CBS said in a statement Friday.

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As the investigation gets underway, the show will likely return with new episodes this Wednesday.

The Talk is currently hosted by Osbourne, Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba and this season’s newcomers journalist Elaine Welteroth and fitness instructor Amanda Kloots.

The heated exchange last week between Osbourne and Underwood was a result of Osbourne coming to the defense of her friend Piers Morgan on social media, after he dismissed Meghan Markle’s allegations of racism in the British royal family during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Osbourne was speaking up for Morgan who stormed off the set of his show Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, when he was called out by a fellow GMB co-host for his comments dismissing Markle. Morgan exited the British TV show for good later in the day.

While Osbourne and Underwood discussed Morgan on The Talk, Underwood said his comments could be perceived as racist. Osbourne was not having it and went off.

Watch a clip of the heated debate below: