In a lengthy statement, CBS said, “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 behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.”
The statement continued, “At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.”
It concluded, “During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
The Talk will return with original episodes on Monday, April 12, 2021, following the pre-scheduled hiatus the week of April 5th.”
The departure comes after the network announced on March 12 that the talk show would suspend filming while it conducted an investigation into allegations the atmosphere was “racially insensitive.“
“We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace,” a statement from CBS said. “All matters related to the Wednesday episode of ‘The Talk’ are currently under internal review.”
Page Six exclusively reported that the internal investigation was kicked off when host Elaine Welteroth and her hairstylist complained about an allegedly “racially insensitive and hostile environment” on the show.
A source said, “Elaine Welteroth and her hairstylist complained to HR over Sharon Osbourne’s recent exchange with Underwood. . . They said they don’t feel comfortable working in a racially insensitive and hostile environment, and this complaint launched the investigation.”