Sheryl Underwood is ready to “get to healing” following Sharon Osbourne’s departure from “The Talk.”
Underwood is set to kick off Monday’s episode — the first since the CBS show went on hiatus nearly a month ago amid uproar over Osbourne’s on-air comments — by addressing viewers from backstage about what they can expect.
“It’s time for an episode of ‘The Talk’ that will be unlike any other we’ve had before,” Underwood shares.
“… As you may know, during our break, Sharon decided to leave ‘The Talk.’ We need to process the events of that day and what happened since, so we can get to the healing,” Underwood continues in her message.
Last month, Osbourne, 68, spoke on “The Talk” about being branded a racist for supporting Piers Morgan, who left his own morning show in Britain after furiously blasting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
After an emotional on-air debate with Underwood, Osbourne tweeted a lengthy apology. However, several ex-colleagues joined the chorus of those accusing her of inappropriate workplace behavior related to race.
On Monday’s return episode, Underwood said she and fellow co-hosts Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba will “honestly discuss what occurred” and explore their feelings.
“And we’ll also show you how anyone can become more comfortable discussing important issues and having difficult conversations,” Underwood says. “By the end of the hour, we want everyone to feel empowered and ready to move forward.”
Underwood, 57, previously claimed that Osbourne never apologized to her in private following their heated exchange, but Osbourne came forward with alleged screenshots that showed texts to Underwood that Underwood didn’t answer.
“I not only sent these messages to Sheryl but I apologized to her in person in her dressing room. Why are you saying I never apologized, Sheryl?” Osbourne told the Daily Mail. “What are you trying to do to me? Why are you trying to destroy my reputation? Just be honest. Tell me.”
Per: Page Six