THE Talk viewers have turned on Sheryl Underwood, as they say she shut down her former co-host Sharon Osbourne’s “freedom of speech” after the show’s return.
Sharon, 68, quit the show after her on-air fight with co-host Sheryl, 58, on the March 10th episode, as she received backlash for “racially insensitive” comments while defending Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle.
After a month-long hiatus and internal review by the network, the show returned on Monday with remaining hosts Sheryl, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth.
The hosts spent the hour-long episode discussing the fight and how they hope to move forward.
But viewers of the show turned to The Talk’s Facebook page to slam Sheryl, claiming she shut down Sharon’s “freedom of speech.”
One user wrote: “NEVER watching this show again. So sick and tired of people not being ‘allowed’ to have their own opinions or express support for a friend. It's totally out of hand and ridiculous already. ENOUGH!! I hope this show goes right down the tubes!!”
A second said: “Sheryl should go too! I watched it that day she kept pushing Sharon she did nothing wrong she even said she did not agree with her friend but I’m sure everyone has a friend they don’t agree with but you don’t get rid of them!”
A third fired: “When you can’t express a different opinion it’s not The TALK! I may not agree with a friend BUT I will fight for HER right to express her opinion! That is freedom of speech!! This show was great once with diversity and entertainment!”
A fourth commented: “It is sad. Sharon left because she was forced off. Sheryl should be taken off the show. I think they ganged up on Sharon since she has been on the show the longest. She stuck up for her friend and I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
A fifth said: “How can you ‘discuss openly’ what happened without Sharon there to tell her side of the story? I'll no longer be watching. Good luck without Sharon.”
Another wrote: “Now you want to Talk!!!!! I for one don't want to listen. You were always my favorite Sheryl, I'm really disappointed in the whole scenario.”
A source exclusively told The Sun that a “majority of the staff agree” with viewer comments.
The source claimed: “It's a show called The Talk and the women can't even do that right. People forget two other shows were taped after the infamous Wednesday episode.
“If it had been addressed in an on-air conversation instead of Amanda saying ‘we're all a family and we fight sometimes.’ Sharon would still be on the show and staff jobs would be more secure.”
But other fans did come to Sheryl’s defense, as they appreciated the discussions during the comeback episode.
One user on Twitter wrote: "I have been in @sherylunderwood’s shoes. I’ve had someone who I thought was my friend talk to me CRAZY, to the point where I was in tears. I just sat there in shock. I’ll never forget it. That s**t still haunts me and it’s been over a year. Sheryl deserved better! #TheTalk."
A second tweeted: “If Sharon Osbourne was really Sheryl Underwood's friend, she would've apologized to Sheryl ON AIR. Don't be screaming & embarrassing me ON AIR, then trying to ‘apologize’ in private. Keep that same ON AIR energy.”
A third wrote: "I am so proud of #Elaine and #Sheryl for addressing what went down on March 10 with Sharon O. You ladies are truly a class act. You kept your composures bc you knew that you had to represent all black and women of color.”
On the April 13 episode, Socio-cultural analyst Dr. Donald E Grant then joined the women to discuss how they could make the show – and the country – a safe space to discuss race issues without the tension escalating as it did with Sharon.
When Dr. Grant asked Sheryl how she felt coming back for the first time after the show's hiatus, she told him: "I'm nervous but I'm ready. It's a safe space right now.”
Dr. Grant applauded Sheryl for her self-control during The Talk with Sharon, as she responded: "I didn't want to escalate things with Sharon because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend.
"But also I feel I had to be an example for others to follow because I didn't want to be perceived as the angry Black woman. That really scared me, I didn't want to be that.
"I wanted to remain calm and focused. I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful and apprehensive.
"It is difficult to go back to that day because I feel the trauma. That really scared me.”
Sheryl further commented that she really wanted to move past the "PTSD" that she suffered from that day.
The comedian also insisted she did not lie about not speaking with Sharon after the incident.
"I have not spoken to and I have no missed phone calls, but I do have text messages sent to me. The reason I have not responded to those messages is because there was an internal investigation happening.”
She claimed she has no bad blood toward Sharon, and would definitely say hello to her if she were to see her again.
Toward the end of the episode, Sheryl begged those at home to "stick with us because we're about talking things out, laughing with each other and healing together.”
CBS announced Sharon had quit the show in March, as part of the statement read: “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk. The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone 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 did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.”
A source told The Sun following her departure that Sharon “remains livid” and “lost trust in the network.”
Sharon was “utterly bewildered by the way" CBS bosses made it "look like she was racist,” the source said.
Piers, 56, came to his friend’s defense after the episode aired, as he slammed Sheryl’s PTSD confession as a "a crock of s**t” over Twitter.
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