“The Talk” co-host Elaine Welteroth consoled Sharon Osbourne after the 68-year-old was confronted with her support for Piers Morgan on an episode of the daytime talk show.
In March, Morgan left the set of his own TV show after criticizing his comments on Meghan Markle, whom some considered racist. Osbourne launched a tweet supporting Morgan, which sparked a backlash.
During an episode of “The View” in March, Osbourne expressed support for Morgan, 56, and insisted that she did not share his opinion, but supported his right to voice hers.
The conversation became tense and laden with profanity and ultimately resulted in Osbourne being released from the series.
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Now in the audio obtained by Daily mail, Welteroth, 34, apparently apologized for the incident and claimed she was asked to start the conversation which escalated.
“They asked me to ask that question. I said, ‘No, I’m not going to ask that question,'” she explained. “I said, ‘Wait, what’s the intention of this conversation? Because it can go away so fast.… I said to them,’ It’s going to be a train wreck. ‘”
She added, “Sharon, I’m so sorry it turned out like this.”
In audio reportedly recorded by a still warm microphone, Osbourne could be heard crying and said being forced to “defend” made her “look guilty”.
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Welteroth said she was told Osbourne would comment on his support for Piers and asked if she had anything to say about it. She says she refused.
“I just want you to know, Sharon, [co-host] Sheryl [Underwood] love and respect you so much and support you behind the scenes, “Welteroth continued.” She wasn’t trying to attack you and I also understand when you have a night… f-king trolls attacking you in line it puts you in a position where you have to defend yourself. “
The reporter again pointed out that Underwood, 57, is a “friend” of Osbourne.
“She doesn’t think you are racist, I don’t think you are racist, person who knows you would say or think that,” Welteroth said. Osbourne, however, said there was a “day and night difference” between Underwood saying “I don’t think you are racist” and “I know you are not racist”.
“This pain – it was like someone hit me in the face,” Osbourne said.
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Welteroth doubled down on his claim that Underwood was “made” to ask a provocative question that led to the heated altercation. Additionally, the reporter said she assumed a “pre-conversation” had taken place so that Osbourne could better answer the question, which was not the case according to the former reality stay.
Additionally, Welteroth explained that she and Underwood are placed in “such a shitty position” by being held to a standard as black women that encourages them to speak publicly and frequently about racism, which Underwood was trying to “navigate. “. said the co-host.
“I want to apologize, I don’t know what I said, but maybe I didn’t say ‘I know you’re not [racist], ‘I could have said’ I think ‘, but I need you to know, I know you are not [racist]”Welteroth said.
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“They set me up. CBS set me up,” Osbourne said. “And they don’t care because they just want notes. They don’t care. They don’t care that I now have to go around people who think I’m racist. They don’t care. They don’t care. They don’t care. just want notes, that’s all. “
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Welteroth said such treatment is “inhumane”.
“It was like we were all settled in – especially you – but I also felt settled in,” she added.
Representatives for Osbourne Welteroth CBS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.