Sharon Osbourne reportedly received a huge payout from CBS following her exit from The Talk, sparked by an airborne argument over Piers Morgan.
The TV presenter got into a tense conflict with colleague Sheryl Underwood when they discussed the interview with Oprah Winfrey about Meghan Markle – and the ex-GMB star’s explosive reaction to it.
But Sharon, the wife of the Black Sabbath legend and Ozzy born in Brummie, is now set to walk away from the show with a huge payout.
The mirror reported a source telling Page 6, “Sharon is walking away with a minimum payout of $ 5-10 million and has determined that it was her decision (to leave the show).”
A separate insider told the publication that the household name plans to spill the beans behind the scenes of the show – which it can do as part of their departure agreement.
“Sharon will speak when she is ready,” said the source. “She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on this show for 11 years and knows all the secrets they shared.
On Friday, CBS confirmed Sharon’s departure from The Talk in a statement that also announced that the show will continue to be “suspended” for the foreseeable future while the cast makes its transition.
It was announced: “Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave The Talk.
“The events of the March 10th broadcast were annoying for everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.
“As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode was inconsistent with our values for a respectful workplace.
“We also found no evidence that CBS managers orchestrated the discussion or blinded any of the hosts,” he added.
“At the same time, we acknowledge that the network and studio teams as well as the showrunners are responsible for what happened during this show.
“It was clear that the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving races.
“During this week’s break, we’re coordinating workshops, listening sessions, and training on equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers, and the crew.
“Going forward, we will identify plans to improve production staff and processes to better serve the hosts, production and ultimately our viewers.”
The scenes followed from Piers Morgan leaving Good Morning Britain when he refused to apologize to Meghan Markle for reporting on her and Prince Harry after her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Sharon stood by Piers and at the time refused to apologize. Then she was asked by her co-hosts on The Talk why she was supporting her friend – which sparked a heated exchange.
She later offered an apology, but her departure was announced days later.
The lecture is scheduled to return on April 12th.