It’s been about three weeks since CBS decided that Sharon Osbourne’s antagonistic outburst aimed at Sheryl Underwood wasn’t the kind of talk anyone wanted to see on The Talk, and they sent her on her way, with or without a $10 million parting gift (it’s still unclear). Well, Sharon found a soft place to land after her problematic ass was kicked out of the building, and it was over on Real Time with Bill Maher. As you can see from the image above, Sharon got emotional. “Oh, because she’s truly sorry for defending the hate that came out of Piers Morgan’s mouth while weaponizing a conversation on race against her Black co-hosts?” is what you might be thinking, and to that I will chuckle and say, no, Sharon got emotional because she believes she’s the victim of (scary organ music) cancel culture!
Usually, when a famous person wants to rehab their image, they usually get on the phone and ask if it would be possible to scoot a chair up to the Red Table. But something tells me that with everything we already know about Sharon’s alleged relationship to casual racism, Jada probably let that call go directly to voicemail. So with that being said, there’s a chance Real Time with Bill Maher was the only gig Sharon could book, given her current position as being the daytime TV equivalent to radioactive sludge. Then again, maybe Sharon felt comfortable with Bill Maher. If you want to smugly complain about being held accountable for your racism-adjacent behavior while remaining completely indignant that you did anything wrong in the first place, Bill Maher’s show might be the best place for that. Sharon sat down with Bill on Friday and explained through tears that all poor Sharon did was defend Piers’ right to free speech and that she refuses to be called a racist. Apparently “and don’t try and cry” applies to everyone but Sharon, huh. via Entertainment Weekly:
“I’ve been called so many things in my life. I am so used to being called names but a racist is one I will not take…Disagreeing with someone does not make you a racist, in my book.
I’m a fighter. But what about the people who are cut from the knees down and can’t afford to go get lessons on what is politically correct and how to talk to people? It’s not fair because it isn’t about being a racist, it’s about not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day. Because it changes from day to day.”
If Sharon had bothered to watch The Talk’s return last week, she might have learned that it’s not about politically correct language, but maybe how quick you are to dismiss or silence the feelings or experience from a non-white person that’s trying to talk. Then again, Sharon has also been accused of using pejorative language, like when former co-host Holly Robinson Peete accused Sharon of calling her too “ghetto.”
I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too “ghetto” for #theTalk…then I was gone
I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because…she HAD to #fbf https://t.co/7pnCnhM5rf pic.twitter.com/CXR4DzvlEZ
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) March 12, 2021
According to EW, Bill also asked her about that accusation, or the accusation from Leah Remini, who claimed Sharon called her the kind of Italian slurs you’d hear Tony Soprano hiss at a rival crew. Surprise surprise, Sharon also didn’t have an apology ready there either. via EW:
Osbourne also denied ever talking trash about former Talk co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, who both went public with their own stories about their time with the elder Talk co-host.
“It’s disgruntled ladies,” Osbourne said dismissively.
Thankfully, Sharon’s interview with Bill wasn’t a poor-me weep fest. It was also a poor-you haters roast. Because this whooooooole situation with Sharon began with Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the conversation turned to the Royal Family. We all know hating on Meghan is Piers’ turf, so Sharon decided to direct her hate towards Prince Harry, who she believes is the true benefactor of white privilege here.
“You know when they say with white privilege? Right there with Harry. He’s the poster boy. He sits there and says daddy cut him off so he’s not on the wages anymore and he was boohooing about it. You can’t feel empathy for that because you are healthy, bright educated young man. You can go do whatever you want to do. Your life is your own.”
Wait a second. Wasn’t Sharon literally just sitting there, boohooing about being cut off with no wages? Eh, she’s right about one thing: I’m trying my hardest, but I really can’t seem to feel empathy for that!