Friday, April 12, 2024

Oprah Meghan-Harry Interview Sparks Piers Morgan Exit and Now Sharon Osbourne-Holly Robinson Peete War


Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was just supposed to take down the monarchy.

But it’s caused a lot of other problems.

First, Piers Morgan went crazy on his British talk show attacking Markle. He lost his mind and wound up walking off the show for good after his colleagues attacked him for being racist.

Then, Sharon Osbourne– a fellow Brit– defended Piers, a lout, on CBS’s “The Talk.” She called him a loyal royalist and seemed to take his side against Meghan. Her fellow hosts, who are Black, went after her live on the air. Sharon tried to fix this by claiming she wasn’t a racist — which she isn’t, but her defense of Morgan is indefensible.

Sharon’s brouhaha drew out Holly Robinson Peete, who was let go from “The Talk” along with Leah Remini a decade ago when they were co-hosts with Osbourne and Julie Chen Moonves. Peete claimed Sharon told her she was “too ghetto” for “The Talk.” And got her fired! (It’s not true. Holly knows that.)

Now Sharon has posted a rebuttal to Twitter, saying:
“In response to Holly Robinson Peeteā€™s accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an e mail sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk.”

Listen, Sharon Osbourne does not play. Many years ago I watched her throw a drink in the face of Jonah Hill’s now deceased agent brother for saying something bad about her children. She drenched him. This was at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy dinner, in front of Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, no less.

So Sharon has posted a private letter Peete sent to her back in the day to prove they were on good terms. The letter is below.

Oprah! Wow! What will happen next?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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