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    Leah Remini Says Sharon Osbourne Used Offensive Slurs To Refer To Julie Chen And Sara Gilbert On "The Talk"

    The show's scheduled to return next Tuesday.

    Warning: This post includes anti-gay and racist slurs.

    Brief recap: After Sharon Osbourne got into a heated confrontation on The Talk with cohost Sheryl Underwood about her defense of Piers Morgan's comments about Meghan Markle, CBS announced an internal investigation of the show and placed The Talk on hiatus through today, March 16.

    Sharon Osbourne sits in a chair on an episode of The Talk
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    Well, Variety reports that CBS just extended the show's hiatus through next Tuesday, and the reason why is pretty clear: New allegations of Osbourne using offensive slurs about former The Talk costars have emerged.

    Sharon Osbourne on The Talk in November 2020
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    Journalist Yashar Ali reports that, according to former The Talk cohost Leah Remini, Osbourne referred to former cohost Julie Chen — who is Chinese American — as "wonton" and "slanty eyes."

    Osbourne wears a party hat and holds up a glass during an episode of The Talk
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    Remini, along with other sources who spoke to Ali, also alleges that Osbourne referred to former cohost Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as a "pussy licker" and a "fish eater."

    Osbourne at the SiriusXM Hollywood Studio in February 2020
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    In a statement provided to Ali, Osbourne's publicist, Howard Bragman, stated: “The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host. 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."

    Osbourne at the Grammy Awards in 2020
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    "Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history, and the bitterness coming out at this moment," the statement continued. "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.”

    These latest allegations follow former The Talk cohost Holly Robinson Peete — who left the show in 2011 — claiming that Osbourne once said she was too "ghetto" for the show itself. Osbourne has denied this claim as well.

    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

    @hollyrpeete / Twitter / Via Twitter: @hollyrpeete

    “CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace across all of our productions," the network said in its latest statement. "We’re also very mindful of the important concerns expressed and discussions taking place regarding events on The Talk. This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated, and appropriate action is taken where necessary. The show will extend its production hiatus until next Tuesday as we continue to review these issues.”

    Osbourne at the Emmy Awards in 2019
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    Chen and Gilbert have yet to publicly comment on Remini's allegations. We'll see what happens next.

    Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve Cooper, and Marie Osmond sitting around a table in a promotional photo for The Talk
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