Sharon Osbourne has hired security after receiving death threats following a heated conversation about race on CBS’ The Talk, which is now on hiatus.
TMZ reports Osbourne has been receiving many negative comments and threats on social media as well as a number of phone calls “wishing harm on her and her dogs.”
TMZ added, “[A] private security company’s been stationed outside the Osbournes’ L.A.-area home all week to keep an eye on things.”
Osbourne hiring security and the hiatus of The Talk stems from a heated exchange on the show’s March 10 episode between Osbourne and fellow co-host Sheryl Underwood where Osbourne was defending Piers Morgan following his remarks about Meghan Markle. Morgan claimed that Markle was lying about being suicidal and dealing with racism as a member of the British Royal Family.
The fallout from the exchange has led to accusations against Osbourne reportedly using racial and homophobic language during her time at the long-running CBS talk show. Earlier this week, journalist Yashar Ali published an extensive report on the matter citing 11 different sources, including former co-host of The Talk Leah Remini who spoke to Ali on the record.
Ali’s report states that Osbourne “…would frequently refer to then-co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese American, as ‘wonton’ and ‘slanty eyes,’ according to multiple sources, including former co-host Leah Remini.” Ali’s report also says that “Osbourne also referred to former co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as ‘p—- licker’ and ‘fish eater,’ according to multiple sources including Remini.”
Additionally, Ali reported, “Remini also says that Osbourne would refer to her as a WOP and Guinea which are ethnic slurs used against Italians. Remini says she deeply regrets not saying anything about Osbourne’s remarks at the time, either in response or afterward in public statements to the press. ‘Not only did I do nothing about the racism and bullying I was receiving and witnessing, I was party to it,’ Remini said. ‘I had to own up to my own ugly.'”