Sharon Osbourne talks about leaving The speech last year, which she says resulted in death threats and missed career opportunities.
In a new interview with the Sunday magazine, former reality TV star and wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne has opened up about the fallout from her exit from the TSWT daytime talk show. Osbourne quit the show after having a major falling out with co-host Sheryl Underwood during the show’s March 10, 2021 episode about Piers Morgan and his criticism of Meghan Markle. Osbourne faced backlash for defending her “really good friend” Morgan against accusations that her attacks on the Duchess were racist, and later issued a public apology.
Soon she was faced with allegations that she herself was racist, sparking an investigation and reports claiming she had been mocked Speak co-panellist Julie Chen Moonves, who is Asian American. While Osbourne, 69, told the Sunday magazine she feels bad about using a slur in reference to the TV personality. She disputes claims that she “said anything about her eyes”.
The British star also told the British publication that she quickly realized her time at TSWT was over.
“They said to me, ‘You’re on permanent suspension. We think you are not repentant enough. And we’ll decide if you’ll ever come back. And I said, ‘Well, who’s going to make that decision?’ And they said, ‘We can’t tell you that,’ said Osbourne, who left for good on March 26 last year.
Soon the death threats began.
“They said they were going to come in the night, slit my throat, slit Ozzy’s throat, slit my dogs’ throats,” Osbourne explained, adding that his career had also taken a hit in the United States.
“My phone number as far as my television career here was non-existent, not a single call. Nothing,” she said. “In England and Australia, that never changed. It was like I was dead here.”
Primarily, Osbourne stayed home to avoid clashes with the public. She underwent months of therapy with ketamine, which she calls “a truth drug.”
“I said, ‘I’m not going out, I’m not doing anything. I just couldn’t stop crying because all I could think about was all the things I’ve been through in my life, and now they’re calling me a racist, that’s insane,” he said. she declared.
Still, Osbourne isn’t afraid to speak out on topical issues and is set to star on a prime-time evening talk show soon – also named The speech – in his native England. Asked about Will Smith’s assault on Chris Rock at the Oscars, she said it was an example of hypocrisy.
“When he wins [the Best Actor award], Everybody get up. It’s like you’re such hypocrites. You’re going to go home and say how disgraceful his behavior was, but you get up and give him a standing ovation,’ she said. “You know, it’s like I’ve always said, in this industry, if people could make money off of you…If Hitler was alive today, they’d give him a TV show.”
She also shared how she is still struggling with different personal issues including a shopping addiction and bulimia.
“I’m, like, I just ate this, I’m going to get rid of it. I did for years and years. It became a part of me,” she explained. “Do I accept it? Do I like it? No, I have the worst acid reflux in the whole world.
Despite her struggles, the mainstay of her life has been Ozzy, with whom she will celebrate her 40th wedding anniversary this summer. She calls him the “only man other than my father that I’ve ever really loved”. Although the rocker struggled with Parkinson’s disease, as well as other health issues related to a fall a few years ago, he contemplates his next chapter as he returns to England and leaves Hollywood behind.
“In the entertainment industry, everyone’s a hypocrite, everyone’s a jobworth. Everyone’s become politically correct overnight and ‘walking on eggshells,’” Osbourne said. “Everyone is afraid to say something bad that someone will take and sell. It’s not a way to live. “It’s just time to go home. I don’t want to be judged.”