Sharon Osbourne may not have everyone’s support right now, but there’s one person who’s standing proudly in her corner.
The British media personality’s husband Ozzy Osbourne took to social media to express his solidarity with her following her dramatic exit from The Talk last week.
"I can't hear you!" the Black Sabbath frontman captioned a photo of himself and Sharon, to whom he has been married for over 36 years. He attached the hashtag 'Team Sharon,' just in case anybody suspected he didn't have her back.
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Sharon, who had been a regular on the CBS chat show since its first season in 2011, resigned from the role after clashing with co-host Sheryl Jackson over racism allegations. The former Britain’s Got Talent judge landed herself in hot water after she defended her friend Piers Morgan’s controversial claims on Meghan Markle, igniting a wider discussion on her own understanding of racism and prejudice.
Fans of The Talk were shocked to see Sharon lose her temper at Sheryl when confronted on the issue – a reaction that prompted network bosses to launch an investigation into allegations of racism. The show subsequently went on hiatus, during which time Sharon apologized for her behavior and expressed her ‘deep respect’ for the black community.
However, it wasn’t long before the outspoken presenter was hit by further accusations. Leah Remini, who was a host on the show during season one, alleged that Sharon had used racial and homophobic slurs in reference to colleagues behind-the-scenes. The King of Queens actor told journalist Yashir Ali that Sharon had used discriminatory language when speaking about former co-host Julie Chen, who is Asian American, calling her ‘slanty eyes.’ Leah also claimed that Sharon had called Sara Gilbert, the show’s founder, a ‘p*ssy licker.’
Sharon’s spokesperson vehemently denied the allegations, revealing their client is 'disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies.'
The TV star reportedly refused to leave unless TV bosses paid her 'tens of millions', so it doesn't look like she'll be departing the building empty-handed.
As for now, Sharon is said to be staying close to her children and husband, who have remained fully on her side throughout the ordeal.
"Her family is supporting her ...it tears them all apart seeing her suffer like this," a source told US Weekly. "They think it’s a big stitch-up and she’s been hung out to dry for something she hasn’t done or believed in."
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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