Piers Morgan recalls Sharon Osbourne 'strangling' him in 2017
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Piers Morgan, 55, has vented his frustration on people “losing their jobs” over disagreeing with Meghan Markle, after his good friend Sharon Osbourne left chat show The Talk last month. The former Good Morning Britain host labelled the Duchess Of Sussex, “Pinnochio” over her comments in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which left viewers divided.
Sharon left her job on The Talk following a row where she defended Piers’ public criticism of Meghan.
The makers of The Talk, a daytime panel show on the CBS network, confirmed that the former X Factor judge would no longer appear.
Since then Sharon has sat down with TV host Bill Maher and told her side of the story.
After watching her interview, Piers expressed fears that anyone with a different opinion to Meghan, could now be at risk of ending their career early.
He typed in his Mail On Sunday column: “Sharon Osbourne has given her first TV interview since losing her job for defending me over the Meghan ‘Pinocchio’ Markle debacle.
“Appearing on US chat star Bill Maher’s HBO show, she said she was ‘angry’ and ‘hurt’, and Maher – who like me is liberal but anti-woke – mocked the whole furore by saying: ‘Piers Morgan was called a racist and lost his job, and you were called a racist and lost your job.
“‘Who’s the racist and why? This is what I’m trying to figure out. You have to agree with everything Meghan Markle says or you’re a racist? Is this the standard now?’”
Piers, who left his six-year tenure at Good Morning Britain after receiving over 150,000 complaints to Ofcom for not “believing” Meghan’s comments, fumed: “Apparently so!”
The outspoken journalist had slammed the Duchess Of Sussex at the time of her interview airing on ITV last month, after she insinuated the Royal Family could be “racist”.
He was later involved in an on-air row with GMB weatherman Alex Beresford over his comments, which lead to the former walking off the show and his subsequent resignation.
Sharon had argued with her fellow presenters on the Talk when she was asked about Piers shortly after he made headlines for storming out of the television studio
In facing questions about the former newspaper editor on The Talk, Sharon has since said she felt she was being “set up”.
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Her co-host Sheryl Underwood, a black comedian, had asked Osbourne: “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?”
A heated on-air debate followed in which Sharon responded: “I feel even like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist so that makes me a racist.”
The wife of Ozzy Osbourne has since apologised for any offence caused, and also challenged Sheryl to provide evidence that Piers was racist.
“You tell me where you have heard him say, educate me, tell me when you have heard him say racist things,” she said.
The show was taken off air after the incident while CBS conducted an investigation.
In a statement, a spokesperson from the show said: “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 behaviour toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.”
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