Sharon Osbourne has issued a public apology to the black community after facing controversy over her defense of Piers Morgan on The Talk.
Osbourne, 68, came under fire Wednesday after she demanded a definition of racism from black co-host Sheryl Underwood during a heated discussion about Morgan’s controversial departure from ITV’s Good Morning Britain, following his remarks on Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Osbourne had also defended Morgan on Twitter, telling the British journalist, “I am with you. I stand by you”.
In a statement shared to social media on Friday, Osbourne apologised for her outburst on The Talk, saying she “panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive” during her exchange with Underwood.
“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. I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the black community & I have deep respect & love for the black community.”
She continued: “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.
She said “there are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism” and insisted that the association “spun me fast.”
Although Morgan had praised the star for publicly supporting him, Osbourne clarified her stance by insisting she does not “condone racism, misogyny or bullying”.