KEY POINTS

  • Sharon Osbourne has denied new allegations of racism and bullying against her
  • Osbourne is "disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies," per a statement on her behalf
  • The hiatus of "The Talk" has been extended until next Tuesday

Sharon Osbourne has denied new allegations of racism and bullying on the set of CBS' "The Talk." Her publicist said she is "hardly surprised by the lies."

The 68-year-old British TV personality allegedly referred to former "The Talk" co-host Julie Chen as "wonton" and "slanty eyes," journalist Yashar Ali reported. In the report, Ali cited multiple unnamed sources and another former "The Talk" co-host Leah Remini, who said she regrets not saying anything about Osbourne's alleged remarks earlier.

"Not only did I do nothing about the racism and bullying I was receiving and witnessing, I was party to it. I had to own up to my own ugly," said Remini, who also claimed Osbourne helped create a "toxic environment" through "high school vitriol, hatred and bullying."

The report also alleged that Osbourne referred to former co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as "p---- licker" and "fish eater." Last week, Holly Robinson Peete, another former co-host of "The Talk," also alleged that Osbourne said she was "too ghetto" to appear on the show.

Now, Osbourne's publicist, Howard Bragman, has issued a statement denying the allegations against the British TV personality, reported People.

"The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host. For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the U.K. and other gestures of kindness too many to name," the statement said.

"Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment," the statement continued.

Per Bragman, Osbourne will "survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down. She thanks her family, friends and fans for standing by her and knowing her true nature."

Meanwhile, CBS announced that "The Talk's" production hiatus has been extended until next Tuesday as they "continue to review these issues."

"CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace across all of our productions," representatives for the network said in a statement to People. "We're also very mindful of the important concerns expressed and discussions taking place regarding events on 'The Talk.' This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary."

The allegations come after co-hosts Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood engaged in a heated debate last week. During the show, Osbourne defended friend Piers Morgan after he was slammed for his controversial remarks questioning the validity of Meghan Markle's discussion on mental health during her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.

"I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?" Osbourne said.

Underwood told Osbourne, "It was not the exact words of racism, it's the implications and reaction to it. To not want to address that she is a Black woman and to try to dismiss it or to make it seem less than what it is, that's what makes it racist."

Osbourne later tweeted that she "panicked" and that there are very few things that "hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast. I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better. Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying."

Sharon Osbourne Sharon Osbourne was denied entry to Mexico City last Friday. Pictured: The television personality attending Lorraine Schwartz Launches The Eye Bangle at Delilah in West Hollywood, California on March 13, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/Emma McIntyre