Sharon Osbourne says she was “totally blindsided” by the heated debate she and her The Talk co-hosts had this week.

During Wednesday’s episode, Osbourne defined why she was defending buddy Piers Morgan after he was referred to as out for his controversial Meghan Markle feedback. The dialog drew criticism for the way in which Osbourne was speaking again to Sheryl Underwood, as her co-stars tried to elucidate why Morgan’s remark relating to Markle could have been off-putting to many individuals.

“I blame the network for it,” Osbourne told Variety on Friday. “I used to be blindsided, completely blindsided by the entire state of affairs. In my 11 years, this was the primary time I used to be not concerned with the planning of the section.” ET has reached out to The Talk and CBS for remark.

Osbourne claimed that minutes earlier than Wednesday’s present started, showrunners requested her if she was OK being requested about Morgan.

“I said, ‘Sure, they can ask me whatever.’ But then I get on there, I say my piece and Sheryl turns around straight-faced, looks at me and is reading from a card with questions,” she alleged. “I was just so hurt, caught off guard and stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared. I was honestly in shock. I felt like I was in front of a firing squad. I felt like a lamb held out for slaughter. … They had me there for 20 minutes.”

“[I] begged them to cease, to please change topics,” she added about when they went on break. “I’m a giant woman. I’m knowledgeable. However CBS blindsided me. I don’t know why they did it to me. The showrunners informed me it got here from executives to do that to me.”

What started with Osbourne defending Morgan quickly led to talking about matters of race. Osbourne said that Morgan had a right to express his opinion, while Underwood argued that “he would not wish to perceive how Meghan was handled was racism after which says…I do not see it as being racist — I do not imagine what she’s going by way of — it is that white entitlement, privilege that makes it racist upon itself.”

“So if you’re saying I stand with you, how do you address people who say then you are standing with racism? I’m not saying that you are,” Underwood requested, with Elaine Welteroth including, “When we give passes or give space to people who are saying damaging, harmful things, what we’re kind of doing is permissing it. And I think that’s what people are reacting to.”

Osbourne mentioned she wasn’t conscious of his racist remarks towards Markle, earlier than asking, “So if I like Piers and he’s seen as racist, I’m racist? Is that what you’re saying?” Getting visibly emotional, Osbourne said that she did not agree with something Morgan did, however that he is all the time been there for her as a buddy.

Welteroth responded, “But if people know you’re not racist they would want you to stand up to your friend who has done racist things and [been] sexist in the coverage of Meghan.”

Following the controversy, a supply informed ET that the co-hosts met after their present on Wednesday in a closed-door assembly to debate what occurred between Underwood and Osbourne on-air. But, the supply says, nothing was resolved.

At the highest of Thursday’s The Talk, Amanda Kloots addressed the controversy, expressing, “We are a TV family here. Sometimes we argue like we did yesterday and sometimes we laugh but we are back together again today and we are ready to start today’s show. So, let’s get into these topics.”

Osbourne, herself, later took to social media to apologize and additional clarify her viewpoint.

On Friday, previous to Osbourne’s new feedback, CBS launched an announcement to ET, saying, “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.”

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