Piers Morgan has praised his friend Sharon Osbourne for defending his right to an opinion, even at the expense of her job, and accused CBS of “ hypocrisy ” for forcing her to leave as The Talk co-host.
Morgan, DailyMail.com’s Editor-at-Large, spoke out Monday in his first sit-down interview since he was forced to leave Good Morning Britain, calling Osbourne’s impeachment “ even more troubling ” than his.
‘I thought it took the tremendous courage of Sharon in the midst of my firestorm … Sharon immediately took to Twitter, within an hour of the news that I was gone, defending myself and my right to express an opinion. have, ” Morgan Tucker told Carlson on the Fox News host’s new online series before Fox Nation
She disagreed with everything I said. She was on the record from the day before because she said she disagreed with me on a lot of things, ”Morgan said. ‘But when it really mattered, when I ran out of chips, she was there, she was a loyal friend. And my God paid them for that loyalty. ‘
Piers Morgan has praised his friend Sharon Osbourne for defending his right to an opinion, even at the expense of her job, and accused CBS of ‘hypocrisy’ for forcing her to leave The Talk
‘When it really mattered, when I ran out of chips, she was there, she was a loyal friend. And my God paid them for that loyalty, ‘Morgan said of Osbourne (with him above)
Last month, Morgan became the target of online outrage and wanted allegations of racism after stating that he did not believe Meghan Markle’s key allegations in her interview with Oprah Winfrey, including that a senior Royal made racist comments about her son Archie’s skin color. . and that palace staff rejected her attempts to seek help when she had suicidal thoughts.
He was forced to quit his job on British breakfast show GMB when he refused to retire from his position, and controversy spread to the US when Osbourne was forced to leave her full-length role on The Talk after getting Morgan’s right to his opinion. .
After Osbourne spoke out on Twitter to defend Morgan, a heated on-air exchange ensued in which her co-hosts accused Morgan of “ unconscious racism ” and criticized her for supporting him.
“She was very deliberately cut off and it was all because she dared to tweet that I was entitled to my opinion,” Morgan said. And because she said that on Twitter, she was attacked on her own show by her co-host who said so [her defense of me] in fact she was supporting someone who said racist things. ‘
When Sharon got annoyed and said, what did he say was racist? They couldn’t say anything because I never had. And yet Sharon is now gone too. So I – I’m looking at this – this cancellation culture, it’s real, ” he continued.
“This awakened crowd wants to cancel people who aren’t following their story and it’s getting more and more dangerous,” Morgan said.
Sharon Osbourne left The Talk after a controversy that started with her air defense of Piers Morgan, who said he didn’t believe Meghan Markle.
Morgan had said he did not believe Meghan Markle’s comments in the Oprah interview, in which she accused the royal family of racism and said she was suicidal.
Morgan condemned the allegation that his criticism of Meghan Markle was racially motivated, noting that his critics did not provide specific examples of racist comments on his part.
‘What did I say was racist? What have I ever said that could even be remotely construed as racist towards Meghan Markle? ‘ he asked.
Now, Sharon Osbourne said it could be, I just don’t like her. And I don’t like her because I think she’s doing tremendous damage to my country and its reputation and to the monarchy, which I love, and to the royal family and the queen, ”Morgan continued.
Morgan also denounced CBS for “ hypocrisy ” by forcing Osbourne out, pointing to a parallel past incident involving Sheryl Underwood, one of The Talk co-hosts who challenged Osbourne on-air for her support of Morgan.
“There is a real hypocrisy to” The Talk “and also to Sheryl Underwood,” he said.
Morgan recounted a 2017 incident in which comedian George Lopez joked that there are ‘two rules’ in the Latino community, which is that you should never marry a black woman, then scolded a black woman in the audience who stood up and got him. turned around.
Now you would think that Sheryl Underwood – who is so outraged at people saying racist things that she even imagines saying it when they don’t – that she was faced with clear video evidence from her good friend George Lopez saying racist things and abusing a young black woman who then had to leave a location that would enrage Sheryl, but she wasn’t. Four days later she defended George Lopez in The Talk, ”Morgan said.
Morgan accused CBS of hypocrisy after The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood defended her boyfriend George Lopez in 2017 after telling a joke that Latinos have a “ rule ” against marrying black women. Above, Underwood and Lopez can be seen in 2018
CBS said in a statement confirming Osbourne’s departure, “ The events of the March 10 broadcast were disturbing for all involved, including the audience watching at home. ”
So there is a really nauseating hypocrisy. I’m baffled that Sheryl Underwood is still on that show, ”Morgan said. “But that’s where the hypocrisy lies at the heart of this debate.”
‘I know Sheryl Underwood. I’ve been on that show many times. She knows I’m not a racist. She knows that. So she deliberately did what she did to create a firestorm with Sharon defending me passionately, ”he continued.
And the one who has to leave isn’t the person who falsely accuses Sharon’s friend of being a racist without proof. It’s Sharon for defending me against the false charge, ”Morgan said.
‘I think that’s scandalous. And Americans should be outraged. This is a show called “The Talk” and because Sharon was telling the truth, not anyone else’s truth or even the truth, I didn’t say any racist things because she said she had to go. And I just thought that was so shameful, ‘he added.
Osbourne, who led the solo career of her rocker husband Ozzy Osbourne for decades, first gained national fame of her own with the debut of the MTV reality show The Osbournes in 2002.
She became a panelist on America’s Got Talent, alongside Morgan, before joining The Talk in its first season in 2010.
Before her departure, she was the last remaining co-host of The Talk’s original line-up.