Sharon Osbourne speaks out after throwing her weight behind Piers Morgan.
Morgan made headlines for Tuesday Leaving the set of “Good Morning Britain” after facing what some consider to be his intense and frequent criticism of Meghan Markle that followed his Overall exit from the show.
After the incident, Osbourne, 68, fired a tweet in support of the television personality.
“. @ piersmorgan I am with you. I am by you,” she said on-line. “People forget that you get paid for your opinion and only tell your truth.”
The star clarified her opinion on the matter, stating that while she disagrees with Morgan, she supports his statement.
“I know he has the right to say what he feels in the interview, as we have the right to say, and everyone has the right to say what they feel with free speech,” she said on Entertainment Tonight. “Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion.”
Osbourne continued: “But why, because I have been supporting a longtime friend and work colleague of mine for years, everyone goes, if you support him, you have to be racist because he is racist?”
Co-host Amanda Kloots said that “it’s always very difficult when you see a good friend in a difficult situation and you know her on another level and really know her personal heart and mind,” and said she understands why the former reality star would go out of his way to support her old buddy.
“I agree with you, that doesn’t mean you support what he says,” said the fitness guru. “We have a lot of friends who say things they disagree with, but they’re still our friends.”
However, co-host Sheryl Underwood said she tried to speak to Morgan about how his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex had “racial implications”.
“He doesn’t want to understand how Meghan was treated as racism and then he says … ‘I don’t see it as racist – I don’t think what she’s going through’ – it’s that white claim, that privilege that makes it up racist himself, “explained the comedian. “So when you say ‘I’m with you’, how do you approach people who say you stand with racism? I’m not saying that it is you.”
Then Elaine Welteroth said It would have been an opportunity for Osbourne to “stand up for anti-racism”.
“When we give ID cards or space to people who say harmful, harmful things, we allow them to do so,” she said. “And I think people react to that.”
Osbourne then asked, “So if I like Piers and he’s seen as racist, am I racist? Is that what you’re saying?”
The other women stated that they didn’t see it that way, but saw how Morgan’s comments – especially that he did not believe Markle’s claims that included racism and mental health struggles – were racist.
“You are entitled to the rest of your opinion, but if you bypass your experience and don’t acknowledge that experience of racism, you are distracting yourself with all this other information about being a royalist,” Welteroth explained.