TV host Piers Morgan‘s harsh words towards Meghan Markle have had some dire consequences for himself and good friend Sharon Osbourne.
Morgan came under fire after he and weatherman Alex Beresford clashed over the claims of racism made during the recent shocking interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry conducted by Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the UK on Monday and watched by more than 11 million viewers.
Piers Morgan was a host on the British breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain and is well known for his outspoken and controversial opinions, and he walked off the set saying “see you later” after the show’s weather reporter Alex Beresford stood up to him and accused him of continuing to “trash” Meghan Markle.
Hours later, Piers Morgan stated that he was leaving the gabfest.
It was later revealed that the TV personality did not have a choice other than resign because almost 40,000 people, including Meghan Markle, complained to British broadcasting regulator Ofcom that has since opened an investigation.
Sharon Osbourne took to Twitter, where she defended Piers Morgan by writing: “@PiersMorgan, I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
Later on The Talk, she continued to back Piers Morgan with these words: “I just wanted to let everyone that watches our show know that because I supported my friend with his freedom of speech and what he felt about the interview of Meghan and Harry, I know he has a right to say what he feels on the interview as we have a right to say and everybody has a right to say what they feel with freedom of speech. Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it’s his opinion; it’s not my opinion. But why is it that because I supported a longtime friend and work colleague of mine for years, that everybody goes, ‘If you support him, you must be racist because he’s racist?’ Now, I support him for his freedom of speech and he’s my friend. I’m not racist, neither is Piers racist.”
Sharon Osbourne had a very tense discussion with co-host Sheryl Underwood about her support for Piers Morgan.
Underwood asked Osbourne to explain her controversial stance: “What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears that you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?”
The 68-year-old host faced major backlash prompting her to release a lengthy apology. Piers Morgan, who is upset that Osbourne is getting slammed, has demanded that The Talk apologizes to him.
Morgan took to Twitter to say: “Sharon’s been shamed & bullied into apologizing for defending me against colleagues accusing me of racism because I don’t believe Meghan Markle’s bullsh*t. This is where we’ve reached. I demand an apology from those @TheTalkCBS bullies for their disgraceful slurs against ME.”
Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, two former co-hosts of The Talk, have seen their old statements being used in the fight to say that Osbourne called them “awkward,” “not funny,” and “ghetto.”