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Oh Snap! CBS Denies Sharon Osbourne Gets $10 Million Payout After Leaving 'The Talk'

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Sharon Osbourne on "The Talk"

Mar. 30 2021, Updated 1:25 p.m. ET

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It looks like Sharon Osbourne won't be receiving a massive payout after exiting "The Talk." CBS is hitting back at rumors that the original co-host is owed a whopping $10 million after walking away following the controversial comments she made about race on the show earlier this month. 

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Page Six first reported the eight-figure payout news. 

"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],” a source reportedly told the outlet. Hours later, the network shut down those reports. 

"False, inaccurate or untrue. Take your pick," a CBS spokesperson hit back, denying the claims to

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Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne on the red carpet

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The Controversial Comments

CBS announced last week that Sharon Osbourne was exiting the show following an internal investigation sparked by her on-air comments. On the March 10 episode, the British-born television personality got into an intense exchange with her "Talk" co-star Sheryl Underwood. The heated argument started when Sharon Osbourne fiercely defended her friend Piers Morgan.

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The CNN host caused controversy when he quit his show after abruptly walking off during a broadcast. Piers Morgan took offense when his co-host Alex Beresford slammed him for the critical comments he made about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry following their sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey

While many praised Beresford for his response, Sharon Osbourne wasn't having it.

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Sharon Osbourne in 2018
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Sharon Osbourne arriving to 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

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“I feel even 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,” Sharon Osbourne said on "The Talk." Piers Morgan's comments included questioning the validity of Meghan Markle's claim that she wanted to take her own life. 

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Sharon Osbourne later admitted she took it too far when she “had a go” at Sheryl Underwood over the incident. One day later, she apologized for her actions but it was too late. 

Both viewers and former "Talk" co-hosts made it clear that she had to go. CBS immediately began an internal investigation. 

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Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve and Sara Gilbert
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'The Talk' cast at 2019 Daytime Emmys

Announcing Sharon Osbourne's exit following the investigation, the network said that her “behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace."

"The Talk" went on hiatus after the heated exchange and is scheduled to return without Sharon Osbourne on April 12.



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