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‘The Talk’ Extends Its Hiatus Again Following Sharon Osbourne Controversy

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On Friday evening, the team at The Talk was informed that they would not be returning from their original planned hiatus on Tuesday, and that there was no firm return date yet for all-new live shows.

According to Deadline, they shared that their sources say the hiatus will go on at least through next Friday, March 26th.

All of this fallout came on the heels of CBS launching an investigation following the March 10th episode of the afternoon series, when an exchange between co-hosts, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood became heated, following Osbourne’s defense of her friend Piers Morgan for comments he made following Meghan Markle’s revelations during her Oprah Winfrey interview.  This sparked an uncomfortable back and forth between Osbourne and Underwood on the topic of racism.

Since that time, other allegations against Osbourne have come to light via her former ‘Talk’ co-hosts, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Ramini.

In an interview with ET, Sharon revealed that she had been blindsided by the producers and Underwood and had been set-up, most likely by executives, because of her siding with Morgan since the interview with Meghan and Harry aired on CBS, and  she did not know whether or not she would ultimately be back on The Talk.

So, do you think Sharon should return with the show? Do you think The Talk should replace her? What is the appropriate action for the network to take other than issuing statements? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

No offense “A,” but the things Sharon Osbourne continues to be accused of are serious, and far from “freedom of speech.”

Steve
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Steve

CBS also has the freedom to dismiss an employee for cause if they say something detrimental to the network’s image.

Gary
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Gary

I have a gut feeling, that The Talk will be cancelled.The ratings are a record low this season.

Michaela Burke
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Michaela Burke

That’s fine with me and bring one of our CBS soaps back or give us a new CBS soap.

Team Magneto
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Team Magneto

Hell yes! I don’t watch these daytime talk shows. I miss As The World Turns

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Michaela, that will never happen.

Steve
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Steve

CBS would likely give the hour back to its affiliates to program with local news or syndicated talk shows

DENIS POMPA
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DENIS POMPA

Just get rid of this show, it’s not the same anymore, the original cast was 100% better! CBS it’s a low rated show, more watch THE PRICE IS RIGHT !

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is becoming a genuine mess. There are some outcomes from this:

A) Sharon Osbourne is fired
B) The Talk is cancelled
C) Nothing happens

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Scott, A & B is fine with me.

Anne
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Anne

I have a better solution- fire Sharon Osbourne and bring back Sara Gilbert

Lew S
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Lew S

I used love this show, but there has been too much turnover. But, on the other hand the same thing was said about The View and it has the ratings now. Not sure about the two new co-hosts.

Michael Teale
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Michael Teale

Just cancel the show.

Rachel
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Rachel

I’m sure there’s much more we aren’t privy to, but based on the specific episode when this exchange took place, I don’t think Sharon should be fired. Clearly after all these years producers & viewers know that Sharon is unpredictable & often says cringe worthy things. This was different, but it seemed to me that she felt blind sided and was hurt by the accusations. I don’t believe she is racist. I do believe that she says stupid thoughtless things from time to time. Society has changed. Overlooking thoughtless comments seems to be a thing of the past. She made… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

Yes I agree the way things are now you do have to be careful what you say but Sharon can be a little mouthy but I don’t believe she is racist. Cheryl handled herself the best she could. I think the network might be taking it a little too far with firing Sharon or cancelling the show. Let them talk that’s why they call it the Talk Leave it on. I watch it from time to time but miss the original cast with Sara and Julie.

Paul H
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Paul H

Cancel the show. It was never interesting and has had too many host changes. I don’t like Sharon Osbourne, but I agree with her points regarding Piers Morgan.

I was always furious that this show took over the timeslot for As the World Turns. It’s a shame that Amanda Kloots had to experience this toxic environment. I guess that’s show business.

Fill this hour with 30 minute versions of As the World Turns and Guiding Light. They will generate much higher ratings than The Talk.

Steve
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Steve

Procter & Gamble (not CBS) owns ATWT and GL. Unfortunately for soap opera fans, there’s no financial model that works for returning them to production.

Dee
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Dee

Just get rid of the show. It is not fun to watch anymore. The two new additional women add nothing.

Yvonne M Miller
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Yvonne M Miller

The show is past it’s sell by date. I loved Sharon but the show should be cancelled permanently.✨

GARY R Deveglio
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GARY R Deveglio

The whole show is silly you put 5 people with totally different backgrounds together and watch them TALK (fight) out different subjects every day and now you dont like the outcome you got what you asked
CANCEL THE WHOLE SHOW SHARON WILL BE JUST FINE

Lorraine
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Lorraine

Its not Sharon’s fault, from what I saw she was being interrogated and wrongfully accused. However, cancel the show because like everything else they are a bunch of troublemaking, crying racist over everything, catfighting women. I wouldn’t blame Sharon if she walked away and if they keep the show on the air without her then audience will be made to feel like if they keep watching they are on the “racist whistleblowers” side which many done want to be. This is the producers fault for stirring that racist pot and also that other ladies for arguing about it.

Rachel S
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Rachel S

I was watching that episode. Your investigators must carefully watch the “gleeful smirk” on Sheryl”s face! Sheryl knew this was a setup. I don’t like race baiters!! Mrs. O did nothing wrong in defending Piers Morgan’s right to call out the lies by Meghan Martyr Markle! Piers would have said the same correct observation no matter what alleged color, pink, purple, or polka dotted, of the lying Meghan Martyr Markle. Sheryl needs to apologize to all viewers and Mrs. O! The executive who set up this race baiting needs to b fired for destroying the best talk show on television.… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rachael A I agree about Sharon defending the right of Pierce Morgan’s right to call it as he sees it, but the rest of it is B.S and always has been. For one thing, anyone that has ever watched Mrs.O, on this show or any other has to admit she has a big mouth, or they are deaf and blind. The things she has been accused of by former hosts is nothing new, I’ve heard them before except the nasty things recently revealed that she said about Sarah Gilbert. They couldn’t pay me enough money to sit next to that… Read more »

Katherine Marie MacArthur
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Katherine Marie MacArthur

I dont think Sharon should be fired. I think she is owed a apology by the ececutives for blind siding her. I dont like what Cheryl did to her she should of warned her.
The new ladies dont fit.
I wish Sharon much love and luck.

Anne
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Anne

Sharon publicly defended the odious Piers Morgan. There is no going back from that.

SZima
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SZima

This show was always just a rip off of The View, and was created solely to give Julie a job!
Her hubby was head of CBS, so he created this just for her! Now that both of them are gone, just dump the show!
No one has stuck around for very long because they can’t stand working with Sharon! Time to pull the plug!

Momo
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Momo

Actually, Sara Gilbert created the show.

SZima
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SZima

I guess I knew that, but making Julie the main co-host/spokesperson was a guarantee that it would get the green light.

Christine
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Christine

The talk won’t be the same without sharon. She makes the show. If the talk comes back and sharon nots there I’m not watching anymore. After the way she was attacked I wouldn’t want to go back

Thomas Garrett Jr
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Thomas Garrett Jr

She should be replaced. Anyone who defends a low life like Piers Morgan with his racist attitude is not worthy to be on this show. I think Underwood handled the situation as best as she could.

Momo
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Momo

Some of the things Sharon is accused of regarding Holly and Leah are old news. If something was to be done, why wasn’t it done years ago? I’m not totally sure what Sharon said recently. I do agree with some of the things Piers said. I don’t think everything Meghan said is true necessarily. I guess it’s her perception. And if she was suicidal, why didn’t she just go get help? I certainly hope that no one would stop her from seeking help.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey Momo: From what Meghan said — and I do believe her — she tried to get help but was told by the handlers (the “Institution”) of the family that she was not permitted to get help, as it would bring about negative publicity to the royals. If true, what a terrible place to be.

Momo
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Momo

But Harry and William spoke about mental health and how the death of their mother affected them. They were proponents of mental health. Why couldn’t she just nip out to the doctor? And if she said she was suicidal, wouldn’t having a Royal commit suicide bring negative publicity? So something doesn’t add up IMO.

I thought she and Harry would do a lot of good as they both seemed philanthropic. I do think Harry never got proper help and healing after the death of his mother.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75
Oops, should have seen your post first.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Just re-reading some of these comments. The end of your comment asks why didn’t Megan seek help? According to the interview, if you watched it, told Oprah that she asked for help and was denied it, the firm as it’s called would not allow it, putting them in a bad light.

Momo
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Momo

I think she could have if she really tried. It just doesn’t sound believable. That’s my opinion. I do think there are 3 sides to every story.

Lorraine Weeks
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Lorraine Weeks

She needs to go …. she is a mean woman …. that thinks it’s funny to degrade people

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Sheryl should quit if a colleague offends her

Lorenzo Herriott
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Lorenzo Herriott

She was blindsided piers nor sharon ia a racist. Underwood needs to get off her high horse. Sharon should leave and stop appologizing.

Renee
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Renee

I think Sheryl should be replaced. She’s the racist. Who does she think she is. Sharon has the right to side with her friend!! Sheryl is the racist. I’m done with the talk. As long as Sheryl is still on there. Sheryls speech is horrible too. Sounds ridiculous on air

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