Cyndi Lauper says Sharon Osbourne is not racist, but may have just “misspoken” as CBS continues to investigate claims of toxicity on the set of “The Talk.”
“I have known her for a long time and I do not believe that she is racist,” the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer declared on social media Thursday.
She added, alongside a photo of herself and Osbourne hugging, “I understand that she may have misspoken, used the wrong words, and acted in ways that have been hurtful to others. She may have even flubbed her apology. But I do believe that she is sincere in trying to make things right.”
A bombshell report released Tuesday cited multiple sources, including former “The Talk” co-host Leah Remini, claiming that Osbourne referred to co-host Julie Chen, who is Chinese-American, as a “wonton” and “slanty eyes.” She also allegedly referred to former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is a lesbian, as a “p—y licker.”
Last weekend, Holly Robinson Peete, who hosted alongside Osbourne on Season 1 of “The Talk,” also accused the Brit of saying she was “too ghetto’’ for the show.
Osbourne denied the allegations, calling it a “pile-on.” She did, however, apologize for her comments about Piers Morgan after defending his comments about Meghan Markle’s mental health, which sparked a heated on-air discussion between her and co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Lauper went on to say she couldn’t sit by and not say anything in defense of her friend.
“We all make mistakes,” she said. “We all want to be given second chances but no one wants to give a second chance. We all want to be forgiven but no one wants to forgive.”
The “Time After Time” singer again reiterated that she thinks Osbourne is “sincere” in wanting to change, and concluded, “I hope that everyone will be at least willing to hear her out.”
Fans had mixed feelings about Lauper’s sentiments, but most agreed “don’t defend this.”
One person wrote, “I love you and your [sic] able to choose your own friends … but a woman of her age and celebrity stature knows exactly what one is saying … there is no acceptance of racism.”
Another said, “Please understand that whether racism is intentional or unintentional … it’s still Racism!!! Once you are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong … there are no more apologies for racist behavior.”
Meanwhile, Osbourne’s future at “The Talk” is still up in the air.
The CBS morning show is on hiatus as it investigates complaints of racial insensitivity, and there is apparently a blame game going on behind-the-scenes amongst producers about who is really responsible for Osbourne and Underwood’s on-air altercation.
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