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Sharon Osbourne says she apologized. Sheryl Underwood says she didn't. Who's right?

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

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Did Sharon Osbourne apologize to Sheryl Underwood after their blow-up on “The Talk,” as she said she did? Underwood says Osbourne didn’t call. Osbourne says she texted, three times.

Underwood says texts aren’t the same as a phone call to say you’re sorry.

The controversy over allegations of racism that recently cost Osbourne her job on the CBS daytime show seems to be sputtering out, with the British TV personality talking to the Daily Mail’s website and Underwood speaking out on three episodes of her podcast about the details of what went down. One issue was the apologies.

Underwood said she apologized in person to Osbourne: “Did it on the air. Did it afterwards. Did it between the Thursday shows [that they taped the next day],” she said in one of three podcasts dedicated to the topic. “And that is my disappointment. That is where I have a disappointment. Because here I am, again, saying forgive me and accept my apology.”

Underwood said she and Osbourne were “fast friends” before the March 10 on-air incident during which Osbourne spiraled as she explained her defense of friend Piers Morgan’s freedom of speech and his inflammatory comments about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The discussion grew heated as an emotional Osbourne went on the defensive with Underwood and fellow co-hosts Elaine Welteroth and Amanda Kloots.

Underwood acknowledged in her Saturday podcast episode that afterward “there were reaches out to say I understand what you’re going through and I know you need your space.” She suggested that she didn’t respond to Osbourne’s texts because she was afraid that “innocent” responses might wind up somewhere in a story, as many articles about the drama featured quotes from anonymous sources.

 

“There was so much swirling around in the media ... so you don’t know who you can talk to,” Underwood said.

“This thing got so big, it wasn’t even about me anymore,” the comic said. She said it quickly got to a place where was no role for her anymore, in terms of saving Osbourne’s job. “If this had played out differently,” she said (perhaps without Osbourne doing interviews during the investigation), there would have been no departure from the show.

Underwood said she thought Osbourne wasn’t getting good advice and counsel during the investigation.

But it sounds as if all Osbourne took away from the podcasts was that Underwood said the former “America’s Got Talent” judge hadn’t apologized to her at all. So on Tuesday Osbourne produced receipts with three text messages she had sent and alleged she had apologized to Underwood in person as well.

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