Sharon Osbourne looks happy over lunch after racism scandal was ‘set up’ on The Talk

Sharon Osbourne, 68, shows up in high spirits as she enjoys lunch with friends in LA… after it was revealed her racism scandal on The Talk was ‘set up’

Sharon Osbourne appeared in good spirits as she stepped out for lunch this week in Montecito, California.

The star, 68, smiled after a meal with friends after new tapes revealed the racism scandal involving Sharon on The Talk was allegedly staged.

The outspoken TV personality cut a casual figure in a loose-fitting white shirt and baggy blue jeans as she went about her business.

Get out: Sharon Osbourne, 68, looked upbeat over lunch with friends after new tapes revealed the racism scandal involving Sharon on The Talk had been set up

She wore a pair of bright white sneakers and a straw sun hat to keep the bright daylight out of her face.

Sharon was wearing a long gold necklace and could be seen carrying a straw handbag and several shopping bags as she left the restaurant.

Earlier this month, a newly unearthed audio recording obtained by DailyMail.com revealed that her co-host Elaine Welteroth said they “know she’s not racist” amid the scandal earlier this year.

Hot: Sharon came under fire on The Talk in March after defending Piers Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood (pictured), who accused him of making racist comments

Hot: Sharon came under fire on The Talk in March after defending Piers Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood (pictured), who accused him of making racist comments

The tape features her co-host Elaine, 34, comforting a distraught Sharon moments after the TV star’s heated on-air confrontation with Sheryl Underwood.

Elaine apologized to her former co-star and reassured her that “no one thinks she’s racist” in a conversation in Sharon’s locker room after the explosive March 10 show.

She also tells Sharon that she believes the co-hosts were “organized,” revealing that CBS showrunners initially wanted her to ask the question that sparked the whole firestorm.

The music manager left the daytime talk show in late March after a heated debate over her boyfriend Piers Morgan saw her arguing publicly with Sheryl and her other co-stars on The Talk.

The feud started when Piers stormed the British chat show Good Morning Britain on March 9 after saying he didn’t believe Meghan Markle was suicidal after her amazing interview with Oprah Winfrey.

When asked the next day to comment on his comments on The Talk, she said that while she disagreed with Piers, she supported his right to voice his controversial opinion on TV.

Sheryl pushed back hard, accusing Sharon of downplaying Piers’ comments and “confirming” his “racist” views.

The incident sparked a wider conversation about race and an internal investigation at CBS after Elaine reportedly complained about “a racially insensitive and hostile environment” during the show.

Debate: Elaine Welteroth was part of the heated discussion about racing during the March 10 episode where Sharon publicly got into a fight with her co-stars and then left the show

Debate: Elaine Welteroth was part of the heated discussion about racing during the March 10 episode where Sharon publicly got into a fight with her co-stars and then left the show

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