‘The Talk’ Renewed for Season 12 After Sharon Osbourne Controversy

The Talk season 11 remaining cast. (Credit: CBS)

Following an on-air confrontation earlier this year that led to Sharon Osbourne leaving The Talk, the CBS daytime series has been renewed for a 12th season.

News of the renewal came Monday on the show’s official Twitter account.

“Just announced! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBS returning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!” the tweet read.

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As previously reported, the heated debate between Osbourne and co-host Sheryl Underwood stemmed from the British TV personality defending her friend Piers Morgan after his controversial comments about Meghan Markle.

Underwood said Morgan’s remarks condemning Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey had racial undertones. Osbourne became visibly angry and unloaded on Underwood by cursing and pointing a finger at the comedian and actress during a conversation on The Talk about race.

Their exchange led to the show being put on a month-long hiatus, with Osbourne leaving following an internal investigation by CBS.

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After Osbourne’s departure, Dancing with the Stars judge and The Talk co-host Carrie Ann Inaba took a leave of absence from the daytime show in late April to focus on her health.

On June 3, US Weekly reported Inaba did an Instagram Q&A session with her followers and hinted at her return on The Talk.

“I’m so grateful The Talk has given me this time to take care of myself and be on this incredible healing journey,” she said. “We are probably going to sit down and have some discussions about what the future is and when I go back, maybe the end of this month. I do miss everybody at The Talk and I look forward to be able to do what I love to do when the time is right.”

Along with Underwood and Inaba, the talk show’s other two co-hosts are newcomers Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.

Kloots was the only co-host who posted about the show’s new season on her social media accounts. She an Instagram story that said, “We are coming back next season! Best news ever!”

Instagram stories post from Amanda Kloots about 'The Talk' Season 12 announcement. Credit: Instagram
Instagram stories post from Amanda Kloots about ‘The Talk’ Season 12 announcement. Credit: Instagram

According to The Wrap, the show has seen a 14% decline in ratings between the start of the current season and the episodes following Osbourne’s exit. The show has not named a permanent replacement for Osbourne.

The Talk premiered in 2010. Since then, the show has had a string of host changes, including the departures of Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Julie Chen Moonves, Sara Gilbert, Marie Osmond, Aisha Tyler and Eve.