Sharon Osbourne Apologizes for Defending Piers Morgan: 'I Panicked, Felt Blindsided, Got Defensive'

“There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast!” “The Talk” co-host tweets

Sharon Osbourne has apologized for defending Piers Morgan amid backlash to his recent comments about Meghan Markle, which led to accusations of racism made against her on “The Talk.”

“After some reflection, after sitting with your comments & sitting with my heart I would like to address the discussion on ‘The Talk’ this past Wednesday,” “The Talk” co-host said in a statement tweeted late Thursday. “I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the [B]lack community & I have deep respect & love for the [B]lack community. To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over. There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast! I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better.”

The statement continued: “Please hear me when I say I do not condone racism, misogyny or bullying. I should have been more specific about that in my tweet. I will always support freedom of speech, but now I see how I unintentionally didn’t make that clear distinction. I hope we can collectively continue to learn from each other & from ourselves so we can all continue to pave the way for much needed growth & change. The community on this platform means a lot to me. I hope we can all hold each other up with accountability, compassion & love during this powerful time of paving the way for so much needed change.”

Osbourne defended Morgan publicly after his remarks about Markle and his subsequent abrupt exit from ITV’s “Good Morning Britain.”

“I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth,” Osbourne tweeted Tuesday.

The following day on “The Talk,” Osbourne had a heated discussion about race with her co-host Sheryl Underwood, which you can view via the video above, in which Osbourne said she feels “like I’m 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.”

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