Watch: Sharon Osbourne Denies Racist & Homophobic Accusations, Claims they were Made by 'Disgruntled Ladies'

Saturday April 17, 2021

Sharon Osbourne on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Friday, April 17, 2021
Sharon Osbourne on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Friday, April 17, 2021  (Source:YouTube/HBO)

"We can't judge anybody by their worst moment," talk show host Bill Maher told Sharon Osbourne Friday night, referring to the former talk show personality's recent controversies.

A fiery Osbourne said she was "angry" and "hurt" following her departure late last month from CBS's "The Talk" after a heated conversation on race, wrote The Hill. Her visit on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" marked her first public appearance since her dismissal by CBS.

"I've been called so many things in my life," Osbourne told Maher. "I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take."


But, USA Today observed, "Osbourne and Maher shared a conversation rich in personal grievance and hand-wringing about 'cancel culture' but little in the way of accountability and soul-searching."

In his summary of what occurred, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave their interview with Oprah. OK, then your friend Piers Morgan — he's a commentator in Britain — he said he didn't believe things that Meghan Markle said. And then on your show, you said, 'He's a good friend of mine, and I don't necessarily agree with his opinion, but he is entitled to his opinion.' So he was called a racist and lost his job and you were called a racist and lost your job. Do I have it right?"

"You got it right. That's exactly how it went," Osbourne replied. Missing was any discussion of Osbourne's exchange with co-host Sheryl Underwood following her defense of Morgan that is said to have sparked the charges of racism and her being dismissed from the show.

"CBS announced late last month that Osbourne, the last of the daytime talk show's original hosts, was leaving the program after executives 'concluded that Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace,'" reported The Hill.

During the conversation, the famously politically incorrect host went onto to call Queen Elizabeth "an old bag" on the eve before she was to bury her husband; Duchess Meghan "girl;" and described men as "dogs" while discussing with Osbourne accusations by former "The Talk" co-host Leah Remini that she has used racist and homophobic terms to describe two other co-hosts. According to The Wrap, Osbourne allegedly labeled "Julie Chen as 'slanty eyes' and 'wonton,' and that she had angrily called Sarah Gilbert, who is a lesbian, a 'pussy licker' and a 'fish eater.' Remini also claimed Osbourne subjected her to slurs against Italians."

Maher referred to people reporting these accusations as "snitches."

"The current hosts have said they never heard you say anything racist. But some of the past ladies, they said you talk shit," Maher said, referring to Remini's claims. "First of all, we're talking about four ladies. I know men are dogs, and men are dogs."

Osbourne replied with a similarly generic swipe at her sex.

"And we're bitches. That's the way it goes," Osbourne said. "That's the way it goes with girls — 'Jesus, did you see what she was just wearing?' And then you go 'Hi!' or 'You look great!' We're bitches, and that's the way it is. And this has brought it all out."

She emphatically denied Remini's claims.

"I never, ever said that Leah Remini was whatever she said, I don't even use those words, they're not in my vocabulary," Osbourne said, adding that the accusations against her are from "disgruntled ladies."

Another one of Osbourne's "worst moments" was also touched upon when Maher asked Osbourne about a 2003 accusation. The Wrap reported: "Another woman, an Iranian-American talent agent named Renee Tab, was reportedly subjected to slurs from Osbourne in 2003 when she won a raffle for a diamond necklace at a New Year's Eve party for the Osbournes. Tab said Osbourne called her a "Persian carpet cunt" the next day after inventing a story about Tab stealing the necklace — and then again a month later when they ran into each other at a restaurant. During the latter incident, Tab said, Osbourne also spit on her."

In response Osbourne said that Tab should not have been a the party "despite." The Wrap added, "being the guest of someone who was invited by Osbourne's son — and doubling down on her accusation that Tab stole the necklace. (It's worth nothing that despite continuing to push that story after all this time, Osbourne did not pursue litigation after investigators decided it wasn't a criminal matter.)"

Maher concluded the conversation by mentioning that tabloids are reporting Osbourne and Morgan may turn up on a late-night talk show with a "politically incorrect" stance, something he said he had done before, referring to his ABC late-night talk show "Politically Incorrect" that ran from 1993-2002 before being cancelled after Maher claimed those who attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 were not cowards.