WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Jerry O’Connell is preparing to take Sharon Osbourne’s spot on The Talk.
- Osbourne left the show in March after a heated argument with her co-host Sheryl Underwood.
- The argument stemmed from a discussion on racism and Meghan Markle.
Jerry O’Connell is almost ready to replace Sharon Osbourne’s on The Talk. The 47-year-old actor is reportedly finalizing the deal of becoming the show’s first male full-time co-host, says The Wrap.
Osbourne left the show in March after she got into an argument with co-host Sheryl Underwood, and allegedly making subsequent racist comments about her peers.
O’Connell regularly joined the show as a guest host. According to an insider, Jerry has been talking with CBS since May.
O’Connell will join Amanda Kloots, Elaine Welteroth, and Underwood in the show while Carrie Ann Inaba is still on a leave of absence from the series.
The Talk’s ratings have been in a downward trend since Osbourne’s departure, and CBS is hoping Jerry’s addition to the show will boost the ratings.
Despite the dip in ratings, CBS renewed the talk show for the 12th season, which will be the first time it airs without any of the original co-hosts.
Osbourne left the show in March after she defended her friend Piers Morgan, a presenter in Good Moning Britain, who stormed off the set for being criticized for comments about Meghan Markle, whom he regularly targetted.
While Underwood spoke about Morgan, Sharon screamed: ‘Educate me, tell me when you have heard him say racist things.’ Osbourne added, ‘I very much feel like I’m about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?’
Following the incident, Osbourne was alleged of making racist remarks about her co-hosts behind the scenes of the show. Osbourne denied the allegations.
CBS confirmed Osbourne’s departure in March. ‘The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home,’ said CBS in a statement. The statement further explained that they found Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the said episode to not adhere to the values for a respectful workplace.
CBS also denied Osbourne’s allegations that CBS executives ‘set her up to fail’ by being pushed by the producers into the debate.
CBS also added that they are accountable for not properly preparing their hosts for the sensitive discussion.
The network said it conducted workshops, training, and listening sessions about equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness for all its employees.
‘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 statement read.
Source: Daily Mail