KEY POINTS

  • Sharon Osbourne spoke out for the first time about her exit from "The Talk" on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
  • She said she was upset over how the controversy unfolded
  • The British TV personality insisted that she is not racist and that Piers Morgan was entitled to his opinion

Sharon Osbourne got candid in her first interview since leaving "The Talk" following her heated exchange with former co-host Sheryl Underwood.

Osbourne opened up about her departure from "The Talk" in her one-on-one interview with Bill Maher on Friday, admitting that she was upset over how the controversy unfolded.

"I'm angry, I'm hurt," she was quoted by People as saying on "Real Time with Bill Maher." "I've been called so many things in my life… but a racist is one thing I will not take."

During the March 10 episode of "The Talk," Osbourne and Underwood clashed over the former's controversial defense of her friend Piers Morgan, who said he didn't believe Meghan Markle's claims about her mental health struggles in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. At the time, Osbourne said she felt that her co-hosts were accusing her of being racist because of her association with the British TV personality.

Looking back at their exchange, Osbourne told Maher that all of them were entitled to their opinion but insisted that it had nothing to do with race.

"She's entitled to her opinion, Piers is entitled to his," she said. "And that's what it's all about. Disagreeing with someone does not make you a racist in my book."

CBS announced Osbourne's departure from the daytime talk show on March 26. Prior to her exit, "The Talk" was put on hiatus for weeks as CBS launched an internal investigation into the March 10 episode.

"Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk," the statement from the network read. "The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace."

"We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts," the statement continued. "At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race."

Reports earlier claimed that Osbourne received a huge payout prior to her departure from "The Talk."

"Sharon is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout and was able to spin that it was her decision [to leave the show]," an unnamed source told  Page Six.

However, CBS denied this claim, calling it "false, inaccurate or untrue."

Sharon Osbourne The Talk Sharon Osbourne is pictured during a February 2021 episode of "The Talk." Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS