Sharon Osbourne sat down for her first interview following her forced exit from The Talk after defending Piers Morgan over his Meghan Markle comments.
The furious talk show star appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday where she hit out at claims she was ‘racist’ and slammed ‘woke culture’ for cancelling anyone who couldn’t keep up with changing ‘acceptable’ language.
‘I’m angry. I’m hurt,’ Osbourne said when asked about the scandal that saw her leave her show on March 26, after 11 years.
‘I’ve been called so many things in my life. I am so used to be called names. But a racist is one I will not take,’ she said.
The scandal began in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah, where they claimed Meghan experienced racism as a royal and even felt suicidal.
Morgan had said after the interview: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she said, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.’
The British journalist was immediately forced out of his role as host from ITV’s Good Morning Britain on March 9, following his comments.
Osbourne, 68, leapt to Morgan’s defense on The Talk, saying she supports her friend ‘for his freedom of speech’. The comment lead to tense exchange with co-host Sheryl Underwood and eventually lead to the ousting of Osbourne and a flurry of claims from her former colleagues about her alleged racism.
Sharon Osbourne has broken her silence since her forced exit from her show The Talk after defending Piers Morgan amid his own forced exit
Osbourne, 68, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday where she repeatedly told the host that she is ‘fine’ and a fighter’
Maher prompted Osbourne to respond to criticism she has received branding her a racist for defending Morgan
Osbourne said she has ‘been called so many things’ in her life but that ‘racist is one I will not take’
Osbourne then appeared to defend the royal family from Markle’s accusations but noting that the Queen is ‘from a different generation’
On Friday, Osbourne, wife of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, sat down with Maher to address the scandal.
Maher asked if the racial allegations being thrown around meant that ‘you have to agree with everything Meghan Markle says or you’re a racist? Is this the standard now?’
‘Okay, I’m trying to go back and think of the words that somebody who is meant to be an expert in ‘woke’ language,’ Osbourne responded, ‘as is acceptable today, saying that it took away her feelings and that she’s entitled to her feelings and that she was stripped of those by Piers.’
Osbourne added that Meghan is ‘entitled to her opinion and Piers is entitled to his and that’s what it’s all about and then you are entitled to a disagreement.’
She argued that Meghan’s claims about the royal family were baseless and her allegedly cold welcome would have been offered to anyone coming into the family.
‘[The Queen] is from a different generation,’ Osbourne said. ‘They are notoriously non-huggy. I get it, because of her age. She’s from a different generation.’
She also criticized Harry for his criticism when she claimed he was a classic example of ‘white privilege.’
‘You know when they say white privilege? You know, right there with Harry. Right there. He is the poster boy. So you know, he sits there and says ‘daddy cut him off and he’s not on the wages anymore’ and he was boohooing about it,’ Osbourne said.
‘You can’t feel empathy for that. Because you’re a healthy, bright, educated young man. You can do whatever you want to do. Your life is your own.’
She added: ‘But disagreeing with somebody does not make you a racist in my book.’
Markle, 39, had revealed she had suicidal thoughts while a member of the royal family in a bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey last month
Morgan had said after the interview that he didn’t ‘believe a word she said, Meghan Markle’
Morgan was forced out from ITV’s Good Morning Britain on March 9, prompting Osbourne to defend her friend the next day on her show
Osbourne called her former co-hosts on The Talk ‘disgruntled ladies’ after allegations she made racist comments
Osbourne then addressed claims from former co-hosts which accused her of using racist slurs against people of Asian descent and lesbians. Former co-host Holly Robinson Peete had accused Osbourne of calling her ‘too ghetto’ while Leah Remini said she called Julie Chen ‘wonton.’
‘I never ever said that Leah Remini was a whatever she said. I don’t even use those words. They are not in my vocabulary. And for Holly, you know I think I said it all when I printed the text she sent me,’ Osbourne said.
She added: ‘It’s disgruntled ladies.’
Osbourne later said: ‘This word that they throw out about the cancel culture and it is, what are you doing? I’m fine, I’m fine. I’m a fighter and I’m doing just fine.’
‘It’s about maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day because it changes from day to day what is correct and what isn’t,’ she said.
‘You cannot blanket every race. There is good and bad in every race.’
During the interview, Maher also prompted Osbourne about her relationship with Morgan.
‘Oh he’s just a friend of mine, we’ve worked together over the years,’ Osbourne said.
Maher then asked her to recall a story about Morgan once seeing her breasts.
Osbourne largely side-stepped the question, but admitted that Morgan saw ‘just one.’
‘Behave,’ Osbourne warned Maher.