Former 'The Talk' co-host Sharon Osbourne looks downcast after Jerry O’Connell replacement news

‘The Talk’ goes on hiatus after Sharon Osbourne defends Piers Morgan

Joe Concha reacts to the ‘internal investigation’ at CBS into Osbourne’s comments.

Sharon Osbourne looked worse for wear after it was confirmed that Jerry O’Connell would be replacing her on “The Talk.”

The former talk show co-host was seen driving with a makeup-free face and messy curly hair around Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon — which also happened to be when audio leaked of Elaine Welteroth purportedly telling the British personality that she knew she was “not racist.”

The double whammy must’ve taken a toll on Osbourne, as she appeared glum in her car.

Osbourne has not publicly commented on O’Connell’s hiring or the leaked tape that appeared to show Welteroth consoling Osbourne following the explosive March 10 episode in which she defended longtime pal Piers Morgan over his comments about Meghan Markle.

“I know you’re upset. It was terrible. I just hope you know when that once this blows over that you know that Sheryl [Underwood] is your friend. She really is your friend,” Welteroth could allegedly be heard saying in the audio. “She doesn’t think you’re racist. I don’t think you’re racist. No one who knows you would ever say that or think that.”

Later in the clip, the former “America’s Got Talent” judge suggested that CBS had “set me up,” saying, “They don’t care that I will now have to go around and [have] people think I’m racist. They don’t give a s–t. They just want ratings. That’s all.”

Sharon Osbourne looked worse for wear after it was confirmed that Jerry O’Connell would be replacing her on ‘The Talk.’
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Osbourne, 68, ended up quitting the talk show and walking away with a $10 million payday. O’Connell, who will be the first male co-host in the series’ history, addressed his full-time hiring on Wednesday.

“You ladies have been so welcoming to me,” he told them Wednesday. “I mean, I came here as a guest months ago, and just from the moment I walked in, you’re just gracious, you’re kind, you’re fun, and it worked.”

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He joins panelists Welteroth, Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Carrie Ann Inaba.

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