Piers Morgan is defending his friend Sharon Osbourne’s decision to leave “The Talk.”
On Friday, news broke that the 68-year-old TV personality left the CBS show following her on-air racism debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
On Saturday, Morgan posted a tweet in support of Osbourne.
“What’s happened to @MrsSOsbourne is an absolute disgrace that shames CBS. Bullied out of her job for defending me against an invented slur of racism because I don’t believe a liar. In tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday, I’ll tell MY truth about this woke cancel culture bulls*t,” he wrote.
The network has also confirmed Osbourne’s exit in a statement to Fox News, saying she “has decided to leave.”
According to Fox News, the departures come from a heated exchange that took place between Osbourne and Underwood, in which Osbourne defended Morgan following his exit from “Good Morning Britain.” Morgan was slammed for his harsh comments on Megan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home,” CBS’s statement said.
“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.”
Morgan continued his rant in a column for the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday: “What’s happened to Sharon and me in the past fortnight isn’t really about Ms. Markle,” he wrote. He said it “took real guts” for Osbourne to defend him, “knowing it would enrage the ultra-woke crowd in Hollywood where she lives and works.”
“It’s about a far bigger issue than one delusional Duchess, and that’s everyone’s right to be free to express our honestly held opinions, forcefully and passionately if we feel like it.”
However, Morgan doesn’t see himself as “canceled” or a “victim” following the backlash he received.
“But if our rights to free speech are denied, then democracy as we know it will die,” he explained. “It’s time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture.”
What’s happened to @MrsSOsbourne is an absolute disgrace that shames CBS. Bullied out of her job for defending me against an invented slur of racism because I don’t believe a liar. In tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday, I’ll tell MY truth about this woke cancel culture bulls*t. pic.twitter.com/9m4QPEkmD3
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 27, 2021