Sharon Osbourne was paid up to $10 million to walk away from CBS talk show "The Talk" after her on-set blow up with a co-star.
The 68-year-old Brit clashed with her American co-host Sheryl Underwood during the March 10 episode, when she defended her friend Piers Morgan against allegations of racism following his comments about Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
This prompted the network to pause production of the show while they launched an investigation.
The show has been off air for almost two weeks due to the controversy. Last week, CBS announced that Sharon Osbourne would not return to the show as her actions "did not align with our values for a respectful workplace".
An insider told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six that Osbourne took a substantial payout to walk away and not look back.
"Sharon is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout," a source said, with another source adding that the outspoken TV personality will "talk when she is ready. She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on that show for 11 years and knows all the secrets".
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The short list of names to replace Osbourne includes actress Holly Robinson-Peete (pictured left), who accused Osbourne of calling her "too ghetto" to be part of the cast.
CBS confirmed The Talk will remain on hiatus for another two weeks before returning with Osbourne's replacement on 12 April.
CBS is taking a huge gamble on a Chuck Lorre sitcom titled Bob Hearts Abishola, which explores the cultural differences between Africans and American Blacks. The show focuses on a relationship between a middle aged businessman and a no-nonsense nurse from Africa.
Billy Gardell (former lead of Mike & Molly) stars as Bob, while Transparent star Folake Olowofoyeku plays cardiac nurse Abishola who tickles Bob's fancy.
In the series premiere, Bob, who owns a pressure stocking company, is rushed to the emergency room after suffering a heart attack. When he awakens, he spots Abishola and immediately begins to flirt with her.
"Do people call you Abby?" he asks her. "No! Go back and wash your hands," she responds.
But Abishola really piques Bob's interest when she sings to him in her native Nigerian language.
Abishola is a single mom (her husband returned to Lagos after he was unable to find a job as a civil engineer in America).
She and her son Dele (Travis Wolfe Jr.) currently live with her relatives Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi) and Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley), who provide comic relief.
Abishola's relatives and friends don't take kindly to Bob - and they certainly can't see him married to Abishola.
One friend Kemi (Gina Yashere) explains, "Top of the list, Nigerian man — same tribe (Yoruba). Then, Nigerian man — different tribe (Igbo). Then, other Africans (except Tunisians and Egyptians). Obviously. Then Caribbean. Then white. Then African American."
Of course American Blacks are at the bottom of the totem pole.
Another friend named Gloria (the wonderful character actress Vernee Watson) takes offense to the disrespect Africans show American Blacks.
While other teenagers spend their summer splashing in the pool or frolicking on a beach, President Obama's daughter Malia, 16, will be collecting a paycheck as a production assistant on the new CBS show 'Extant'. Malia probably drives to work every day. According to Mrs. Obama, Malia already has her license.
First Lady Michelle Obama confirmed what some of us already knew; that she is a single mother raising her 2 daughters in the White House -- the home she shares with her estranged husband, President Barack Obama.
We all know by now that Senator John McCain has a short term memory problem and might even be suffering from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. The major news networks realize that the presidential race is over if wind of this ever gets out.
So last week, CBS did a little creative editing to cover up a major McCain blooper and help their candidate out a little. CBS edited out McCain's blooper and replaced it with an attack on Obama.
Unfortunately for CBS, Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) and the Jedreport.com were on the job and replaced the video that CBS aired with the video of what McCain actually said. In the interest of fairness, CBS later uploaded the unedited video online.
But the fact that CBS chose to edit McCain's gaffe with an attack on Sen. Barack Obama is very telling and puts CBS snugly in bed with Fox News as two major networks that can't be trusted to deliver fair and unbiased reporting.