Sharon Osbourne has bumped up security after receiving death threats over her clash with The Talk co-star Sheryl Underwood while defending Piers Morgan over accusations of racism.
The US chat show has been temporarily taken off air as CBS investigate the row which saw Sharon demand to be educated about racism.
Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Piers refused to believe the Duchess of Sussex when she said she previously has suicidal thoughts.
Good Morning Britain was subsequently hit with 57,000 Ofcom complaints – a record at the TV watchdog – and Sharon defended her close friend’s right to free speech.
However, since the emotionally charged clash on The Talk, Mrs. O has received several threatening phone calls while her social media has been plagued by death threats and comments like: ‘I hope Sharon Osbourne gets hit by one last wave of COVID & dies.’
TMZ claims source have revealed she’s now been forced to bump up security with a private company stationed outside her Los Angeles home since the row sparked outrage.
Sharon issued an apology following the heated clash. In a statement shared to social media, she wrote: ‘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. To anyone of colour 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 former X Factor judge 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 t 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.’
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