CBS has extended The Talk’s hiatus for yet another week after Sharon Osbourne was accused of frequently calling former co-hosts Julie Chen a ‘wonton’ and Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, a ‘fish eater’ – but her publicist hit back saying she’s ‘hardly surprised by the lies’.
The recent claims against the 68-year-old came from sources who spoke to journalist Yashar Ali in a week where the network announced it had launched a probe into her on-air bust up with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
She has faced criticism since her an televised row with Underwood last Wednesday, after Osbourne was accused of being racist for defending her friend Piers Morgan in the wake of his Meghan Markle comments.
Insiders told DailyMail.com that Osbourne was ‘set up to fail’ by CBS executives over her defense of Morgan, in a bid to oust her – the highest paid host – from the show.
But several sources, including former co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, have since alleged that Osbourne has a history bullying and racist language.
Osbourne is the only original host left on the show, which began in 2010 with Chen, Gilbert, Remini, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Holly Robinson Peete.
The sources say Osbourne repeatedly referred to then-co-host Chen as ‘wonton’ and ‘slanty eyes’.
They also claim Osbourne referred to another then co-host Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as a ‘p***y licker’ and ‘fish eater’.
In response to the claims involving Chen and Gilbert, Osbourne’s publicist Howard Bragman said the talk show host was ‘disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies’.
‘The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,’ he said.
‘For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name.
‘Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment.
‘She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down.’
Osbourne has found herself at the center of a race row ever since she defended her longtime friend Morgan during a heated on-air discussion with Underwood last week.