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“The Talk” on hiatus as CBS reviews Sharon Osbourne’s heated defense of Piers Morgan’s comments about Duchess Meghan and her controversial response.

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“The Talk” is set to return on Monday after a heated on-air discussion about racism led to a monthlong hiatus and the departure of host Sharon Osbourne.

Monday’s show will see hosts Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth discuss “race and healing” with diversity, equity, inclusion and justice advocate Donald Grant as well as trauma therapist and life coach Anita Phillips, according to CBS.

Grant will “offer advice on how to have these difficult conversations,” while Phillips will “share her expertise on how to heal after a painful event or conversation.”

This will be the first new episode of the “The Talk” since Osbourne and Underwood’s controversial discussion about Piers Morgan and Duchess Meghan on March 10.

Sheryl Underwood speaks during a Nov. 10, 2020, episode of “The Talk.” (Photo: CLIFF LIPSON, CBS)

During the exchange, Osbourne said she felt she was “about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist and that makes me a racist.” She was referring to Morgan, her former “America’s Got Talent” co-judge, who said he didn’t “believe a word” of Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

When Underwood asked what she would say to people who felt it was racist to defend Morgan’s comments, Osbourne replied: “For me, at 68 years of age to have to turn around and say ‘I ain’t racist’ – what’s it got to do with me? How could I be racist about anybody? How could I be racist about anybody or anything in my life? How can I?”

Underwood sent the show to commercial as Osbourne continued speaking over her. Upon returning, Osbourne again prodded Underwood to “educate me,” adding, “Don’t try and cry because if anyone should be crying, it should be me.”

Sharon Osbourne leaves ‘The Talk’ following heated racism discussion; Piers Morgan weighs in

The next day on Twitter, Osbourne apologized to “to anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said.” “The Talk” then went on hiatus while CBS conducted an internal review of the heated discussion.

The network extended the talk show’s hiatus days later, as some of Osbourne’s former co-hosts, including Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini accused her of racist behavior. Osbourne claimed on March 16 she was being set up and sent out as the show’s “sacrificial lamb” for defending Morgan.

‘The Talk’ extends hiatus; Sharon Osbourne says she’s ‘been set up’ after heated exchange

On March 26, the network said in a statement that Osbourne’s behavior during the March 10 episode “did not align with our values for a respectful workplace” and that Osbourne decided to leave “The Talk,” which she’s hosted since 2010.

Morgan tweeted that Osbourne’s departure is “an absolute disgrace” and that she was “bullied out of her job for defending me against an invented slur of racism because I don’t believe a liar.”

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Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Hannah Yasharoff, Elise Brisco

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