Sharon Osbourne says anti-semitism is why Whoopi Goldberg wasn't fired
Sharon Osbourne says Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t fired from The View after she said the Holocaust was ‘not about race’ because ‘nobody gives a f–k about the Jews’
- Osbourne, 68, left the daytime talk show in late March after a heated debate over her friend Piers Morgan saw her publicly fall out with her co-stars at The Talk
- She compared the treatment of her and Whoopi Goldberg, whose comments saying the Holocaust ‘wasn’t about race’ only led to a suspension
- When The Times asked about the double standard, she said: ‘I’ll tell you why, because it’s the Jews, and nobody gives a f–k’
- The row with Osbourne began when Morgan stormed out of UK chat show Good Morning Britain on March 9
Sharon Osborne says Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t fired from The View for trivializing the Holocaust because ‘nobody gives a f**k’ about Jews.
Osbourne, 68, implied there was a clear double standard that saw her fired from rival show The Talk in March 2021 for defending Piers Morgan during his war with Meghan Markle, while letting Goldberg retain her coveted job despite remarking in February this year that ‘The Holocaust wasn’t about race.’
When The Times asked about the double standard, she said: ‘I’ll tell you why, because it’s the Jews, and nobody gives a f**k.
Osbourne – whose music producer father Don Arden was Jewish – added that she likes Goldberg, and was making a point about showbiz hypocrisy, rather than attacking the Ghost star personally.
The drama with Osbourne began when Morgan stormed out of UK chat show Good Morning Britain on March 9 2021 after saying he didn’t believe Meghan Markle was suicidal following her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The suspension for Goldberg came a day after Whoopi, 66, made the controversial comments on The View. She referred to Jews and Nazis as ‘two groups of white people’ and said that because they were both white, it was about ‘inhumanity’ and not race’
When asked to comment on his remarks on The Talk the following day, Osbourne said that although she disagreed with Morgan, she supported his right to express his controversial opinion on TV.
Underwood, who is black, pushed back hard and accused Osbourne of downplaying Morgan’s comments and giving ‘validation’ to his ‘racist’ views.
Osbourne was later permanently suspended from her role on the show, and quit.
The incident sparked a wider conversation about race and an internal investigation at CBS after Welteroth reportedly complained of ‘a racially insensitive and hostile environment’ at the show.
Welteroth and Underwood would later address the controversy on air weeks later, saying the two had been forced to stay ‘composed’ in the face of someone ‘who was not listening and who went off the rails into disrespect.’
The suspension for Goldberg came a day after Whoopi, 66, made the controversial comments on The View. She referred to Jews and Nazis as ‘two groups of white people’ and said that because they were both white, it was about ‘inhumanity’ and not race’.
She apologized hours later and again on Tuesday’s morning episode, but the original remark sparked immediate international backlash with everyone from the Israeli Consular General in New York to the Auschwitz Memorial and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) taking offense.
Osbourne – seen with husband Ozzy – will now host an hour-long panel debate show – also called The Talk – which will air at 9pm on TalkTV in the UK
Osbourne had claimed that she was ‘blindsided’ on the show by questions about her tweet supporting Morgan after his departure was announced.
‘I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth,’ she wrote to Morgan on Twitter.
The next day Underwood asked Osbourne on air: ‘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?’
Osbourne became defensive and fired back saying she felt like she was being placed on ‘the electric chair’ for being his friend and asked her co-hosts to show her what Morgan had said that was racist.
‘Right now I am talking to a woman I believe is my friend,’ Underwood said. ‘I don’t want anybody here to watch this and think we are attacking you for being racist.’
Osbourne replied: ‘I think it’s too late. That seed is already sown.’
After the episode aired, Osbourne issued an apology for her ‘panicked’ and ‘defensive’ response, but repeatedly claimed that CBS showrunners framed up the question to provoke an on-air blow up.
The drama between Osbourne and her co-stars began after Sharon was grilled over her tweet stating her support for friend Piers Morgan after he was fired for criticizing Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey
Osbourne will now host an hour-long panel debate show – also called The Talk – which will air at 9pm on TalkTV in the UK.
The show will bring together five famous faces with different backgrounds and views to debate current affairs issues.
TalkTV, the newest venture from News UK, will air on linear TV platforms as well as online services such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube.
In the interview, Osbourne also sounded off on various topics, including the questioning of people’s interest in the Kardashians.
Her family’s 2002 MTV reality show The Osbornes has been widely-credited as the prototype program that inspired later efforts from the Kardashians and others.
‘I get why [the Kardashians] are as big as they are,’ Osbourne says. ‘But I’m old-school and think, ‘Well, what’s your talent?’ This world of selfies in your underwear, selfies topless, selfies showing your food, selfies in bed — I just think, ‘Oh, for f**k’s sake.’
She also offered some advice to Prince Andrew as to how he should’ve handled his recent controversy with Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that he had sex with her when she was a teenage trafficking victim of Jeffrey Epstein.
‘He should have said, ‘I wasn’t married. Everybody knew me as Randy Andy. My friend at the time [Epstein] was surrounded by young women, and [Giuffre] was up for it, I was up for it, and it’s not illegal in England to have sex with somebody her age. Don’t come up with bulls–t about a pizza place.’
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