A source told Page Six on Monday that
“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].”
Osbourne’s exit agreement also apparently leaves her free to talk about her controversial departure according to another insider, who said:
“Sharon will talk when she is ready. She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on that show for 11 years and knows all the secrets.”
Osbourne left the show following a backlash against her decision to defend Piers Morgan‘s criticism of Meghan Markle after the Oprah interview.
And later allegations emerged that Osbourne had made racist and hophobic remarks remarks about her co-hosts behind the scenes.
Morgan wrote on Instagram,
“What’s happened to @sharonosbourne 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 bullshit.”
Osbourne issued an apology for her remarks, but the show went into hiatus as CBS launched an investigation. Allegations then emerged that Osbourne had made racist or otherwise crass remarks about co-hosts behind the scenes.
Former co-stars Julie Chen and Leah Rimini publicly came out to complain that Osbourne once referred to Chen as ‘a wonton’ and Rimini as being ‘ghetto’. And report from Yashar Ali also alleged that Osbourne called former co-host Sara Gilbert a ‘fish eater,’ among other things; Gilbert is a lesbian.
Osbourne furiously denied the allegations in an interview with DailyMail.com,
“In situations like this, you’re always going to get people who you’ve had disagreements with in the past, people who’ve got axes to grind, who come out of the woodwork and they’ll come out with their BS and that’s it. It doesn’t surprise me at all. It doesn’t surprise me.
Of course, it’s a pile on. People want to add fuel to the fire and it comes with the territory and that’s fine.
Being accused of racism is no joke. Now they get their sweet revenge. I can’t even address it because it’s kids in a schoolyard.”
Asked if she had ever called Chen a wonton, she added:
“It’s all crap. It’s all crap. I don’t want to go there with her. She makes her living out of outing people. So, it’s like come on.
‘It’s got no real foundation. Allegations of calling a Chinese lady a wonton, it’s like – is that all you’ve got? It’s like really?’
Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing of this issue. TV LOVES controversy.
(via Daily Mail)