CBS has canceled episodes of “The Talk” for Monday and Tuesday amid an “investigation” of a heated exchange last week in which co-host Sharon Osbourne defended the right of Piers Morgan to opine about Meghan Markle, reports claim.
Plans currently call for resuming filming of live episodes on Wednesday, but producers will re-evaluate where the talk show stands as the probe progresses, entertainment website Deadline reported. The hiatus could even be extended or lead to more severe action against Osbourne.
The controversy began last Wednesday, after Osbourne had declared her support for former ITV presenter Morgan, who expressed skepticism over the Duchess of Sussex’s allegations that she had suicidal thoughts after being mistreated by UK media. Morgan quit his talk show amid a flood of viewer complaints and allegations that his criticism of Markle was rooted in racism.
Osbourne said she didn’t share Morgan’s view, but she noted that he was paid to give his opinions and speak what he saw as the truth. The resulting row on “The Talk” was a pop-culture trainwreck, starting when co-host Sheryl Underwood asked Osbourne what she would tell people who see her support for Morgan as giving “validation or safe haven to something that he had uttered that is racist.”