Embattled talk show host Sharon Osbourne says it’s “crap” that she called Julie Chen a “wonton” during their time together on “The Talk.”
“Everyone’s got an opinion or a story like the wonton story. It’s like f–k off with your f–king wonton story. F–k off,” Osbourne said in a new interview with the Daily Mail.
She added that the accusation was “crap, all crap.”
A bombshell report released Tuesday cited multiple sources, including former “The Talk” co-host Leah Remini, claiming Osbourne referred to Chen, who is Chinese-American, as a “wonton” and “slanty eyes” and to former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as a “p—y licker.”
Osbourne has been under fire following a heated discussion last week with co-host Sheryl Underwood, when Osbourne defended her pal Piers Morgan for controversially questioning Megan Markle’s mental health struggles.
“Did I like everything [Morgan] said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion,” she said amid tears at the time. “But why is it that because I supported a long-time friend and work colleague of mine for years that everybody goes, if you support him, then you must be racist because he’s racist?”
“The Talk” announced earlier this week the show would be on temporary hiatus while producers investigate the situation.
Osbourne tweeted a general apology over her Morgan-related comments last Friday, writing, “To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry.”
Then over the weekend, Holly Robinson Peete, who hosted alongside Osbourne on Season 1 of “The Talk,” accused the Brit of saying she was “too ghetto’’ for the show.
In the new interview, Osbourne referred to the latest accusations as a “pile-on.”
“Everybody’s got an opinion and everybody’s got a voice – it’s fine,” Osbourne said. “It’s about knowing somebody’s been called out for something and then somebody else is like, ‘yes!! I’m going to add something too.”
On Tuesday, Osbourne’s rep, Howard Bragman, said the host was “disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment.”
“The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host,” Bragman said.
Reps for Chen did not immediately return our request for comment.
Per: Page Six
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