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'The Talk' On Pause After Heated On-Air Debate About Race

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CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti shares the details.

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- The hit daytime show "The Talk" is on pause for another week after a heated on-air debate about race.

- CBS Entertainment produces the show, and our company Viacom CBS is investigating claims that co-host Sharon Osbourne used offensive language toward her colleagues last week. Now there are allegations that for years Osbourne used crude slang terms to describe other co-hosts.

- CBS4's Jonathan Vigliotti is outside "The Talk" studio in Los Angeles.

SHARON OSBOURNE: How can I be racist about anybody or anything in my life? How can I?

SHERYL UNDERWOOD: Well-- well I--

SHARON OSBOURNE: Well what?

SHERYL UNDERWOOD: We will be right back.

SHARON OSBOURNE: Well what?

SHERYL UNDERWOOD: We have more topics, so don't go away.

SHARON OSBOURNE: And I think we should stop this [BLEEP].

JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI: Drama on "The Talk" unfolded in front of cameras last week between co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.

SHARON OSBOURNE: I'm asking you again, and don't try and cry because if anyone should be crying, it should be me. Educate me. Tell me when you have heard him say racist things. Educate me. Tell me.

SHERYL UNDERWOOD: It is not the exact words of racism. It's the implication and the reaction to it.

JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI: Following that heated confrontation, Osbourne told Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier on Tuesday that she reached out to Underwood.

SHARON OSBOURNE: I love Sheryl. I love Sheryl. I've apologized to Sheryl. She's not gotten back, and I can understand Sheryl needs her time.

KEVIN FRAZIER: Do you understand how people could look at it and say you telling her not to cry could look like you are attacking Sheryl?

SHARON OSBOURNE: Oh, I was having a go at my friend. I should never have dismissed her feelings on national TV ever, but I said it. I have to own it. They pay him for his opinion.

JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI: The confrontation on the set of "The Talk" happened after Osbourne defended Piers Morgan--

PIERS MORGAN: I'm sorry. I don't believe a word she says.

JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI: --who unapologetically brushed away Meghan Markle's claims that members of the royal family dismissed her mental health and also expressed concerns about the color of her son's skin.

PIERS MORGAN: Sorry. Can't do this.

JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI: NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says Osbourne's comments came off as tone deaf.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK: To be oblivious to the context in which Morgan made his remarks, the dismissiveness he had for some of his colleagues and commentators, particularly of those color, it cuts against the moment we're currently living in.

JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI: Osbourne is also facing new allegations of using racist language about former colleagues on "The Talk. Journalist Yashar Ali says he spoke to multiple sources who claim Osbourne used racial slurs to describe former co-host Julie Chen. The same article alleges Osbourne used homophobic language toward former co-host Sara Gilbert, who is openly gay. In a tweet, former co-host Holly Robinson Peete claimed Osbourne called her too ghetto and eventually got her fired from the show. Osbourne denies Peete's claims.

CBS News has reached out to both Chen and Gilbert for comment. We have not heard back. Osbourne's publicist has released a statement saying, in part, quote, "Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history, and the bitterness coming out at this moment." After the

Discussion last week, Osbourne also said some of the show producers told her executives wanted her to be confronted about her support of Morgan. CBS has not responded to that specific claim but did release a statement saying the network is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace, and went on to say CBS is mindful of the important concerns expressed, and that the investigation will make sure all voices are heard, and appropriate action will be taken where necessary. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, Los Angeles.