Sharon Osbourne has refuted former The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood’s claim that she never apologized after their on-air feud by revealing exclusive screenshots of her text messages to DailyMail.com.
Osbourne, 68, left The Talk late last month after she and Underwood, 57, were engaged in an explosive debate over her defense of her boyfriend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle.
Underwood first addressed the drama publicly in a three-part series on her podcast titled “ Sharon Walks Away, ” in which she claimed that Osbourne never apologized to her for the dust.
On Tuesday, Osbourne debunked that claim by releasing screenshots of the lengthy text messages she’d sent to Underwood asking for things to be resolved.
“Not only did I send these messages to Sheryl, but I personally apologized to her in her dressing room,” Osbourne told DailyMail.com.
“Why do you say I never apologized to Sheryl? What are you trying to do to me?
‘Why are you trying to destroy my reputation? Just be honest. Tell me.’
Sharon Osbourne refuted former The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood’s claim that she never apologized after their on-air feud by revealing exclusive screenshots of her text messages to DailyMail.com on Tuesday
Osbourne’s first message to Underwood dated 7:28 pm on March 12 is shown above
Osbourne later sent two more messages to Underwood that went unanswered
In the first message, dated 7:28 pm on March 12 – two days after the on-air feud, Osbourne wrote: ‘Sheryl, my heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened by the events that happened Wednesday.
‘I don’t want to lose my true friend because of this. I’m sorry to tell you to fuck during intermission, I’m sorry to accuse you of fake crying while we were live and I’m sorry I lost my temper with you.
“I was shocked, scared, and saddened by what felt like a blind attack. You know me. You know how I’ve always had your back. We outlived everyone on this show and that’s because we’ve always been a team and had each other’s backs.
‘I consider you a true friend. If you want to call on the weekend, I’m here. Again, I am deeply sorry.
“Is there anything you need from me or that I can do to help you heal? Always love and respect – Sharon. ‘
That message went unanswered for three days before Osbourne sent another, dated 1:45 pm on March 15.
Hello Sheryl. I know you’re taking up space and I don’t want to despise that. I’m just contacting you because I want you [to] know i’m thinking of you. If you’re willing, can we talk before Wednesday? Big kiss, ”she wrote.
Three more days passed before Osbourne continued writing at 4:32 p.m. on March 18, “Sheryl, I’m thinking of you. I hope you’re well. I send my love. ‘
Underwood and Osbourne are photographed at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2014
On her podcast, Underwood claimed that she and Osbourne hadn’t spoken since they hit the set on March 10.
Asked if Osbourne had reached out to apologize, Underwood said, “No,” and shared her phone history to substantiate that claim.
The controversy started on March 10 when Osbourne loudly defended her friend Morgan, who left Good Morning Britain after harshly criticizing his unshakable insistence that he did not believe Markle’s explosive claims about experiencing racism in the royal family in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. three days earlier.
Underwood, who is black, pushed back hard, accusing Osbourne of downplaying Morgan’s comments.
“Educate me, tell me if you’ve heard him say racist things,” Osbourne said.
‘I really feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who a lot of people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?’
On The Talk, Osbourne defended Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, which got heated when Osbourne demanded to ‘inform me’ about how Morgan is racist.
Osbourne later apologized for her ‘panicked’ defense of Morgan and The Talk was put on hold when an internal investigation was launched.
Allegations quickly surfaced that behind the scenes at The Talk, Osbourne was making racist comments about co-hosts – allegations she has firmly denied.
On March 26, CBS announced that Osbourne would be leaving her post on the show after more than a decade.
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” CBS said in a statement confirming her departure. “The events of the March 10 broadcast were disturbing for all 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 was not in line with our values of a respectful workplace,” the statement continued.
“ We also found no evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blinded any of the hosts, ” CBS said, responding to allegations from Osbourne’s camp that she was “ set up to fail ” by producers in to start the debate.
At the same time, we recognize that the network and studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are responsible for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear that the co-hosts were not well prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race , ‘the statement added.
During this week’s hiatus, we will coordinate workshops, listening sessions and training on equality, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. In the future, we are identifying plans to strengthen the producing staff and produce procedures to better serve the hosts, production and ultimately our viewers, ” said CBS.
Osbourne had reportedly cited clauses in her contract to demand millions in severance pay if she had to quit, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether CBS had agreed to the payout.
Osbourne (far right) and Underwood (second from left) got into a heated argument over Osbourne’s support for her boyfriend Piers Morgan (third from left), who has come under fire for comments he made about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Morgan posted this photo in February 2020 of the former panel from last year’s show. Left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Underwood, Morgan, Marie Osmond and Osbourne
“Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk,” CBS said in a statement confirming her departure. ‘The events of the March 10 broadcast were disturbing for all concerned, including the audience watching at home’
In her podcast series, Underwood attempted to refute Osbourne’s claim that CBS executives “ blinded ” her by making up the feud over Morgan.
Underwood said that “none” of the questions she asked during the debate came from the educated and said she had tried to keep an eye on her points “in a way that was not perceived as offensive.”
“In my gut, I thought this was going to go to the left,” Underwood recalled. And so I wanted to put it in the right order, to be very calm.
“But there were a few people who criticized me about this,” Why do you care about someone’s feelings? They don’t give a fuck about yours. ”
“It’s not about the person’s response, it’s about me and who I’m trying to evolve and mature.”
Underwood also described how she and Osbourne were “ fast friends ” when she joined The Talk in 2011 – despite what she’d heard about the original host.
“I fell in love with her automatically because I just like her,” Underwood said.
And I heard things and I was like, ‘They have nothing to do with me.’ My thing is, I’ll get to know you first. ‘
She didn’t specify what ‘things’ she had heard about Osbourne before meeting her, just said, ‘I got calls from this and that and so what I said to those people, I said,’ Thanks for the information. “Because listen, you have all kinds of personalities in this industry, right?”
However, she said the things she had heard were confirmed ‘afterwards’.
Underwood says she still has positive feelings for Osbourne despite what happened between them.
“I still love the Osbournes, as far as I know about them,” she said. ‘I don’t know anything other than what I’ve been through with them, and what happened is disappointing to me.
“I’m not saying I enjoyed being treated the way I was treated,” she added. ‘I am very disappointed. And I’m just trying to navigate my feelings about that because it was trauma. ‘