FURIOUS Piers Morgan slammed US network CBS tonight and rallied around pal Sharon Osbourne after she quit her talk show amid accusations of "racially insensitive" comments.
Straight-talking Sharon came under fire after speaking out in support of Piers following his controversial comments about Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview which led to his exit from Good Morning Britain earlier this month.
The 68-year-old music manager clashed with her co-stars live on air as she fought her Brit pal's corner, and the fallout has led to her leaving the job behind.
Writing on Twitter tonight, Piers raged: "What’s happened to @MrsSOsbourne is an absolute disgrace that shames CBS. Bullied out of her job for defending me against an invented slur of racism because I don’t believe a liar.
"In tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday, I’ll tell MY truth about this woke cancel culture bulls*t."
On Friday, CBS released a statement confirming the daytime series will also continue to be on hiatus for the foreseeable future while the cast makes its transition.
It read: "Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk.
"The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.
“As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.
“We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts," it added.
The network continued: “At the same time, we acknowledge the network and studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast.
"As it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.
“During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew.
“Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers."
Sharon has been a main fixture on the program since it first premiered in 2010 – making her the only person who has remained on the cast since the beginning.
However, the audience seemed to turn on her after she got into a tense argument with co-host Sheryl Underwood regarding Piers's criticism of Meghan, whom he accused of lying about mental health issues .
Piers even walked off set and left GMB after he was accused of racially insensitive comments by co-star Alex Beresford.
While Sharon clashed with her co-host Sheryl, 57, and said Piers was entitled to "freedom of speech."
Sheryl attempted to explain that racism was not always "the words themselves" but the "intent or way they are said" but Sharon kept fighting back.
They exchanged words and Sharon ended up in tears during the heated segment – while also quipping at Sheryl to "not cry."
While Sharon eventually clarified her position and views on Instagram, she did end up blaming the on-air fight on the network, claiming she was "blindsided."
Sharon was met with more accusations after her former co-star, Holly Robison Peete, claimed the mother of three said she was "too ghetto" for the program – an accusation that the former America's Got Talent judge denied.
Former The Talk cohost Leah Remini also claimed Sharon has a history of bullying and racist language.
Actress Leah accused Sharon of referring to ex-cohost Julie Chen, 51, as a “wonton” and “slanty eyes” on a regular basis.
After reports came out earlier this month, the show is now said to be "under internal review."
News of her departure won't be completely shocking to fans as it was previously she is preparing herself for a "showdown," according to PageSix.
The outlet revealed: "Sharon is reportedly being represented by lawyer Jeremiah Reynolds of the LA law firm Eisner in her negotiations with CBS.
"Jeremiah Reynolds has a very strong reputation as a trial and arbitration lawyer and is handling all her negotiations with CBS.”
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