Controversy continues to swirl in the US around The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne, who has been accused of using racist and homophobic language about her co-stars.
The CBS show has been put on temporary hold while the network reviews Osbourne’s explosive conversation with co-host Sheryl Underwood last week.
The fiery exchange occurred when Underwood asked about Osbourne’s defence of friend and former colleague Piers Morgan in the wake of his departure from UK TV show Good Morning Britain.
Morgan copped intense criticism after his dismissive comments about Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview, in which Markle spoke of having suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism within the royal family.
Osbourne took to Twitter to defend Morgan – but she is now being called out for using racist and homophobic language when talking about co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese-American, and Sara Gilbert, who is gay.
Former The Talk co-host Leah Remini claims Osbourne referred to Chen as “wonton” and “slanty eyes” and described Gilbert as a “fish-eater” and “p****licker.”
A representative for Osbourne has denied the new allegations from Remini and said Osbourne is “unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies”.
“The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,” the statement said.
“For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name.
“Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment.
“She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down.
“She thanks her family, friends and fans for standing by her and knowing her true nature.”
The Talk will remain on hiatus for another week.
The network said it was “committed to a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken when necessary.”
It added that it was “committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions.”