RUMOR REPORT: Is Sharon Osbourne About to WALK From The Talk?!


Rumor has it CBS chatfest The Talk may soon be losing another co-host. According to a West Coast source, Sharon Osbourne has been telling people she's leaving the series. I'm hearing the wife of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and reality TV queen (The X Factor U.K, America's Got TalentThe Osbornes) will be announcing her departure from the series "very soon."

"There's tension on the set," says the source.

The Talk is the brainchild of former child actress Sara Gilbert, who in addition to serving as one of the co-hosts, along with Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Julie Chen, is an executive producer. The show debuted October 18, 2010, replacing the long-running Procter and Gamble soap opera As The World Turns. According to sources, there's been enough drama behind-the-scenes to be the basis of a new CBS soap ever since.

"Sara may be executive producer, but Julie is definitely the Queen B," says one mole.

"The reason [former executive producer] Susan Winston was fired following only two weeks on the job was because she changed something during a segment that made a guest uncomfortable," says the insider.

Allegedly, when Chen informed her husband, Les Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, of the incident he reportedly watched the segment in question and had Winston fired on the spot.

Prior to that development, I reported last January that Barbara Bloom was relieved of her duties as Senior Vice-President of Daytime following alleged run-ins with Chen. It should be noted, CBS denied my reporting to Deadline.  If Osbourne quits The Talk, she will be the second member of the original panel to leave the series. Marissa Jaret Winokur vacated the talker in a "mutual decision" last January. Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as the story develops!

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27 Responses

  1. Profile photo of alstonboy4315

    I don’t watch “The Talk,” nor do I feel the urge to, but it seems to me that the women on these talk shows have it MADE. Getting paid a lot of money to sit on your BUTT and talk about current events and interview people? Perfect job, as far as I’m concerned. I’d love a gig like that. But I guess some people simply have too much EGO to enjoy a good thing, and are always looking for MORE: more money, more power, blah, blah, blah….

    I personally like all the women on this show as actresses and entertainers, but it would thrill me to no end to see them ALL quit so that this disaster of a program could HOPEFULLY be canceled.

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    TV Gord

    Good riddance to her! I wish she could take Leah Remini with her. Frankly (as I’ve written before), I would be happy if this just became The Holly Robinson Peete Show. She’s the only one of them worth a damn. I really like Sara Gilbert, but she doesn’t seem suited to being a talk show host.

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    I studiously avoid any contact with this show. Julie Chen is over exposed as it is and when(not if), this show exits the network I’m fairly confident much of the blame will land at her feet. 0:)

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    I recently caught my first and only sampling of this show recently cuz they had one of my favorite actresses Alfre Woodard on. Sara was the only one who brought class to the table as a host with Holly behind her.

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    I’ve only seen two or three episodes of The Talk. As TVGord said above, Holly Robinson and Sara Gilbert are the only ones I wouldn’t call annoying.

    Before this show, I used to like Sharon Osbourne. But now I can see why the British despise her. Given her background, she should be able to relate to the problems of ordinary women. For some reason (maybe it comes from years of being the wife of a multi-millionaire, drug-ravaged rock star), she can’t.

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    I have never watched “The Talk” but I think the entire panel should be replaced with Kim Zimmer, Eileen Fulton, Tina Sloan, Maura West, and ELLEN WHEELER! :P

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    Can’t say I’m surprised by this, you had to think there has been tension backstage, besides Sharon (who I happen to like) has other gigs, so it’s not like she needs the Talk.

  8. Profile photo of lfad

    There probably would have been “tension” with Sharon on the set no matter who the producers or co-hosts were. She may be entertaining, but she’s a nasty piece of work. I wouldn’t want to work with her if the stories about her through the years are anything to go by.

    I don’t get it. Why not create a vanity project for Mrs. Moonves where she had full control in the first place? They obviously don’t care about being accused of nepotism. If anyone but the big boss’s then-mistress hosted Big Brother, she would have been fired after that disastrous first season like everybody else involved with that show was.

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    I would like the show to be a soap opera talk show (sort of like Soap Talk but without Lisa Rinna.) Seeing as the web soaps seem to be catching up steam….just saying. But then Juile Chen would still be involved in it because of her 5 second make up B&B scene that aired on The Talk. So nobody wins.

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    TV Gord

    It’s funny that this story is in the news today. On today’s show, she had to apologize for making light of the man whose wife cut off his penis last week. The night before, she had been on TMZ saying, “Good for her” and such about the case, but then she chuckled all the way through the discussion the next day on The Talk.

    She could barely get out the apology today without snickering, and she just couldn’t find the words, so essentially Leah (who can’t shut the hell up EVER!) tried to apologize on her behalf. It was definitely The Awkward Talk today!

  11. Profile photo of alstonboy4315

    As a gay man, I have to say that NO amount of mud wrestling by ANYONE, not even Shemar Moore and Boris Kodjoe ;) ;) …would compel me to watch this hot mess of a show. And DEFINITELY not seeing Sharon’s expensive “PLASTIC SURGERY ENHANCED” body parts being tossed around. But I believe that Julie Chen could TOTALLY take her. Something tells me that Julie knows how to THROW down…….

  12. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Well let ME say that I, as a straight man, would rather wrestle alstonboy4315, as a gay man, than watch Sharon and Julie wrastle! ;-)

    I think even Ozzy Osbourne and Les Moonves would rather wrestle each other than than watch their wives do it! Hell, they’d probably rather wrestle pictures of their own reflections (and it would probably be a more challenging match).

    In summary, would someone please wipe the image of Sharon and Julie mud-wrestling from my twisted, twisted brain! ! !


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    TV Gord

    Whatever, alstonboy. The bankroll would be AWESOME, so we’d BOTH make out like bandits! :-D

    I just watched the Sharon apology again, and I got a bigger kick out of it this time, because Julie read a prepared statement and then paused, leaving Sharon TOTALLY out to dry! Here’s the way it went:

    “Last Thursday on the show, we talked about Catherine Q. Becker, the woman making headlines for allegedly cutting off her husband’s penis. It was a free-flowing conversation and we all weighed in.” (Chenbot turns to look at Sharon and the rest of her lessers.)

    Awkward pause, as Sharon says, “Well…” and looks around the stage uncomfortably, as if to say, ‘oh, is it my turn to speak?’ [lol]

    Sharon continues, eloquently: “No (exhale), um, I would like to say something that…” she pauses, possibly gets a little choked up, then tries to continue), “I do not condone (then laughs a bit, uncomfortably) genital mutilation”. Audience laughs, uncomfortably. Then she looks around and says nothing else.

    Holly jumps in to fill the uncomfortable silence: “You okay, Sharon?”, and Sharon appears to be about to say something when Leah (the one who can’t stop talking) chimes in.

    “Look”, says Leah, “You want me to start?” Sharon says, ‘yeah’. “Okay”, continues Leah, “What I know about Sharon and the ladies at the table is that we really mean no harm when we say things. Sharon is the person who says things (inaudible)…we all LAUGH, she means no harm by it. So I know that about (looking around the table) every one of you. There’s no ill intent, but it’s not easy doing a live show five days a week, and we wish we can say the right thing all the time, but we can’t. It’s hard. (Jokingly) We can’t LOOK good all the time, and we can’t say the right thing, we can’t be funny all the time (looking at Sara), I’m sorry, I should have looked at you. [That was a funny thing about good-buds Leah and Sara, that Leah thinks Sara can be humorless sometimes…something with which I completely disagree]…they kibbitz a but and then Sharon jumps back in.

    “I DO NOT condone genital mutilation”, Sharon says, staring down at the table, “and I didn’t mean any harm by laughing about it, and I’m sorry that I offended people. That’s NOT my intention or the intention of this show. It’s not what we’re about. So, I apologize.”

    Holly said ‘thank you’ as though she was waiting for those exact words, and then Chenbot added (too sincerely, in my “View”), “thank you for speaking from your heart.

    And then, they moved on…

    Now personally, here’s my two cents:

    I’m a guy. I have one of those…those thingies (and I quite enjoy mine, thank you very much)…but I have to admit that I, too, chuckle a bit at the stories of guys getting their little willies lopped off. I mean, maybe a few indignant males will rail against such a double standard (“we don’t laugh about female genital mutiliation”), but let’s get real. If a guy gets his cock blocked (that is…on the chopping block), he has POSSIBLY done something to deserve it. I’m not saying that was the case in the Becker pecker story, but I can understand why the first instinct is to chuckle about it. I get that. In my personal opinion, those who DON’T get that are manufacturing some kind of blustering outrage to try to balance out the CuhLEAR brutality that women (AND children) have endured over the years by some extremely brutal and insecure people with penises.

    I don’t like Sharon Osbourne AT ALL, but I sided with her today. I felt bad that she was put in this position. Don’t like her, though. Nuh-uh. No way!

    Anyhoo, part of the reason for my possible betrayal of my sex is that I can’t personally imagine doing anything that would motivate anyone to cut off my penis. I am also pretty choosy with friends, and I am fairly confident that none of my friends would do anything to send them to the GUY-o-teen (OFF with his ‘head’!!!), either. So I can be a little smug on the issue.

    So, that’s MY take. I’m happy to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees with me. That’s what I love about message boards. If someone thinks my “View” ™ ;-) is outrageous, I’m happy to hear why.

    It’s been a long day, so I’m off to bed now…little Gordo intact (for now)…

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    RealityCheck 33

    Sharon Osbourne is a total biotch from hell. She’ll stoop to the lowest to destroy people she dislikes. She’s a vile, disgusting person. I know about this first hand. Good riddance.

  15. Profile photo of Dyllan

    OOOOO….you don’t screw with the Chenbot! I’m starting to respect this chick.

    I thought Sharon Osbourne could be funny. I remember when she was talking about the fundamentalist LDS women, and she said “those bitches need to grow some balls” and I cracked up at that crap! lol

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    Dyllan, just love your post — “Chenbot” so absolutely correct!

    Now really, no one has to be to Einstein to figure out why there is more backstage drama than in front of the camera. With two women (Sharon and Leah) who do not know what the hell to say out of their mouths, how could there not be drama? Full disclosure — I have not been able to sit through two full episodes of this crap. I have only watched it on the DVR when they had a guest, like Alfre Woodard, worth watching.

  17. Profile photo of Pure_Diva

    I’d hate for Sharon to leave because she’s unintentionally hilarious. I don’t seem to notice Sara, but I sincerely love Holly Robinson Peete. If anyone should leave, it should be Leah. Please. Puhleeeeeze! That heffa’s mouth is constantly in motion, yet she has absolutely nothing to say. Nothing funny, nothing educational, nothing entertaining. She’s like white noise.

    Julie Chen is married to Les Moonves?! THAT explains it! THAT’S why she’s still employed! It all makes sense now. Julie will be the death of this show.

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