Piers Morgan slams CBS for cancelling Sharon Osborne's The Talk during 'racism' investigation after she defended him
PIERS Morgan has slammed CBS for cancelling Sharon Osbourne's show The Talk as they investigate allegations of "racism" after she tearfully defended him.
The 55-year-old presenter has lashed out at the broadcaster on Twitter – insisting that the "real scandal" was her co-star Sheryl Underwood accusing him of racism.
The US TV show had been debating Piers' sensational claims that he made against Meghan Markle following her and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah interview last week – including that she was lying about her mental health struggle and race issues within the Royal Family.
Sharon, 68, had become tearful as she passionately defended her famous pal, and CBS subsequently issued a statement saying that The Talk will not air today or tomorrow while they investigate the row internally.
Taking to social media, Piers ranted today: "So @CBS has yanked The Talk off air while it investigates the ‘scandal’ of @MrsSOsbourne defending me when @sherylunderwood said I was 'racist' for disbelieving Meghan Markle.
"The REAL scandal is me being branded a racist for refusing to believe a liar."
In the dramatic scenes, Sharon had snapped at her co-star: "Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No. Because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion.
"I support him for his freedom of speech, and he’s my friend. I’m not racist – I don’t care what colour or what religion anyone is. Are you a nice person? That’s what I judge you on."
Sheryl argued: "What would you say to people who may feel that while you’re standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?"
Sharon hit back: "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? What does it gotta do with me?"
Emotions ran high, and Sheryl began to look like she may cry as Sharon also grew tearful, continuing: "I will ask you again Sheryl, I’ve been asking you during the break and I’m asking you again – and don’t try and cry because if anyone should be crying it should be me.
"Educate me. Tell me when you have heard him say racist things."
A statement issued by CBS on Friday read: "We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace. All matters related to the Wednesday episode of The Talk are currently under internal review."
Piers' comments about Meghan sparked over 41,000 official complaints to Ofcom in just one day after he lashed out on Monday's Good Morning Britain.
The following day, he sensationally stormed off set when confronted by his co-star Alex Beresford live on the show.
That evening, ITV announced that Piers would not be returning to GMB with immediate effect, with his comments on Monday's show also receiving criticism from lead mental health charity Mind.
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