Sharon Osbourne is speaking out after Holly Robinson Peete’s comments. The TV personality took to Twitter on Saturday to deny Peete’s recent claims, saying she did not get her fired from The Talk in 2011, and adding that she didn’t say her former co-worker was “too ghetto” to appear on the talk show.
“In response to Holly Robinson Peete’s accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an email sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS,” Osbourne wrote. “As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk.”
In the email allegedly sent by Peete, she claims that she “madly” misses Osbourne, adding “I have called you a few times but I haven’t heard back from you since the show aired.”
Peete allegedly stated that the remaining hosts at The Talk were “under some sort of gag-order,” before comparing the show to “a communist state.” In the purported email from Peete, she also wrote that she knew Osbourne was “in a tough spot,” before stating that Leah Remini, who was fired from the show at the same time as Peete, was “very angry” about the situation. Peete also allegedly had negative things to say about then-co-hosts Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert.
Per the screenshot Osbourne shared, Peete allegedly wrote that she was being blacklisted in the industry after being fired from The Talk. Peete concluded by thanking Osbourne for still allowing her mom and daughter to attend America’s Got Talent in the wake of the drama.
In response to Holly Robinson Peete’s accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an e mail sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk. pic.twitter.com/zu3Vc1oHCy
In a second tweet, Osbourne wrote, “Never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was ‘too ghetto’ to be on The Talk, as well as not having her fired.”
An addendum to my previous Tweet. Never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was “too ghetto” to be on the Talk, as well as not having her fired.
Prior to Peete’s recent claims, Osbourne had been getting backlash for defending her friend, Piers Morgan, on Twitter, after he quit Good Morning Britain following his controversial remarks about Meghan Markle. She then had a heated discussion about racism with her The Talk co-hosts. Osbourne later apologized “to anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said.”
In response to the controversy, Peete said she was “mortified” watching Osbourne defend Morgan, writing on Twitter, “I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too ‘ghetto’ for #theTalk…then I was gone.”
In 2012, Remini took to Twitter to allege that Osbourne got her and Peete fired from The Talk in part because she thought they were “ghetto.” Osbourne denied the allegation.
ET previously reached out to CBS for comment.
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