Sharon Osbourne made some controversial statements about Meghan Markle and found herself on the receiving end of a nasty backlash. Osbourne didn’t hold anything back as she went on the offensive against allegations she was a racist.
Sharon Osbourne fought back after an ordeal that led her to seek treatment for severe anxiety. It all started when the British television personality exited her gig on The Talk after she came forward during a segment of the show to defend her friend Piers Morgan, who was accused of being a racist after leveling criticism against Meghan Markle.
Morgan declared that he didn’t believe a word Markle said in her sit-down chat with Oprah Winfrey, specifically her allegation that son Archie was barred from being a “Prince” because of his skin color. Technically, the great-grandchildren of the monarch are not bestowed with the titles “Prince” or “Princess.” Following the queen’s death, they did receive those titles, which sparked Morgan to tweet a “reminder” that he was vindicated in his remarks against Markle whom he called “Princess Pinocchio.”
Osbourne previously blasted Meghan and Harry many times. She claims the network was out to get her long before she defended Morgan’s accusations against Markle. According to Page Six, Sharon Osbourne believes a CBS executive arranged for her former co-hosts on The Talk to put her through a traumatic on-air ordeal to punish her for being disloyal to the network.
According to Osbourne, execs at the network were overjoyed with Oprah Winfrey’s blockbuster March 2021 interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry which aired on CBS. Osbourne claimed that head of programming Amy Reisenbach was furious that Osbourne, a CBS employee, had dissed the Oprah special privately and publicly supported Morgan during his shellacking of Markle.
“And you know why I think they did it?” Osbourne asked about her claim CBS set her up. “They were pissed off with Piers that the jewel in their little plastic crown — Oprah, Meghan, and Harry — was being criticized. I worked for CBS, and I backed Piers up, and they couldn’t stand that. They couldn’t stand that.” The fallout was devastating. “I was this lamb slaughtered that morning, and CBS denied responsibility,” she said.
Osbourne said that “cancel culture” allowed people to “destroy my life because of the way I feel.” Without hesitation, she stood her ground. “I’m not racist. He’s [Piers Morgan] not racist,” she said., “But because he said something about somebody who is mixed race… I said, ‘That’s nothing to do with that.’ He knew Meghan for a long time, so he’s talking from experience.”
However, internet trolls went fast to work to make Sharon Osbourne appear racist. In a resurfaced video from 2018, which circulated on Twitter, Osbourne rejected her cohost’s comment that Meghan Markle “brought blackness” to the royal family. “She ain’t Black,” Osbourne said. After her cohost informed her that Markle was “half Black,” Osbourne responded, “Yeah, I know, but she doesn’t look Black.”
The fallout from the accusations of racism led to death threats. “They were saying they were going to come in the night, cut my throat, cut Ozzy’s throat, cut my dogs’ throats,” Osbourne shared. “I said, ‘I ain’t going out, I ain’t doing anything.’ I just couldn’t stop crying because all I was thinking about was all the things that I’ve gone through in my life, and now they’re calling me a racist, this is insanity.”
The experience, she said, caused her to develop severe anxiety, and her friend and former co-host Sara Gilbert suggested Osbourne try ketamine therapy treatments. “I went through three months of therapy,” she said. “I had ketamine treatment and I got it all out. All the tears and everything that I felt, you know. All of that, it’s gone.” In recent years, researchers have started looking at ketamine therapy as a treatment for severe depression and anxiety, particularly for people who haven’t had success with other anti-depression medications.
Even after everything she’d been through, Sharon Osbourne is sticking to her guns when it comes to Meghan and Harry. “I mean, one minute they’re making a cartoon and then they’re making a documentary on them, and then they’re saving the world,” she said. “They just haven’t found their path in life yet, I really believe that,” she said. “They’re lost, they’re floundering.”