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The Talk Is on Hiatus as CBS Launches Internal Review Into Sharon Osbourne Controversy

The Talk host expanded on those thoughts during an appearance on The Steve Harvey Morning Show. “I just wanted to be a better example for people that are working just a regular old job, that had to compose themselves,” she told Harvey, per People. “We are the only race of people that carry the race wherever we go, and we’re responsible for that. And I want to thank everybody all over the world in social media, everybody in radio, television, news, everywhere, everybody that reached out.”

CBS is launching an internal review.

“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace,” CBS said in a statement on Friday night. “All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review.”

Meanwhile, Osbourne blamed CBS.

Osbourne doubled down, telling Variety that she was “blindsided” by CBS. “I blame the network for it,” Osbourne said. “I was blindsided, totally blindsided by the whole situation. In my 11 years, this was the first time I was not involved with the planning of the segment.”

According to the host, a showrunner called eight minutes before she went on the air and asked for permission to discuss Markle and Morgan. “I said, ‘Sure, they can ask me whatever.’ But then I get on there, I say my piece, and Sheryl [Underwood] turns around straight-faced, looks at me, and is reading from a card with questions,” Osbourne continued. “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.”

The Talk is going on hiatus. 

Per NBC News, The Talk is taking a break following the events of the controversial segment. In an email to NBC sent over the weekend,  a CBS spokesperson confirmed that the show, which typically airs every weekday, will pause this week as the network conducts its “internal review.”

This story will be updated. 

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