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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.

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Sharon Osbourne will not be on the set when CBS's "The Talk" returns from hiatus this week, according to insiders.

CBS paused The Talk on Monday -- canceling several shows -- as producers "investigate" comments made by co-host Osbourne about her friend, Piers Morgan.

While the investigation is ongoing, word has it that producers are quietly interviewing Osbourne's replacement -- possibly Holly Robinson-Peete, who claimed Osbourne said she was "too ghetto" for The Talk.

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The Talk may restart filming on Wednesday -- without Osbourne at the table, according to Variety.

Drama ensued last week when Piers Morgan slammed Meghan Markle for her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Morgan called Markle a "Pinocchio princess" who lied about being suicidal.

He abruptly walked off the set of Good Morning Britain and quit when his co-host called him out about his Markle comments.

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Osbourne, who was born in London, rushed to her fellow countryman's defense, which upset her American co-hosts including comedienne Sheryl Underwood.

"While you are standing by your friend, it appears that you are giving validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist," said Underwood, who is Black.

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Osbourne then asked: "So if I like Piers and he's seen as racist, I'm racist? Is that what you're saying?"

Osbourne, who doesn't understand Americans' tendency to see racism in everything, asked Underwood to tell her what "racist" statement Morgan uttered.

Osbourne later apologized on Twitter to "anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused, or let down by what I said."

She said she "panicked" and "felt blindsided" by CBS and Underwood, who had a long list of accusatory questions for Osbourne.

"I'm a big girl. I'm a professional," Osbourne said. "However, CBS blindsided me. I don't know why they did it to me. The showrunners told me it came from executives to do this to me."

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CBS talk show "The Talk" is going on a break while the network probes a heated conversation that occurred when co-host Sharon Osbourne defended her friend, Piers Morgan, last week.

Morgan slammed Meghan Markle for her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, then he quit his coveted job at ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Osbourne rushed to his defense, which upset her American co-hosts including Sheryl Underwood, who said, "While you are standing by your friend, it appears that you are giving validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist."

Osbourne then asked: "So if I like Piers and he's seen as racist, I'm racist? Is that what you're saying?"

After the episode aired, Osbourne apologized on Twitter for her comments and to "anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused, or let down by what I said."

She said she was "panicked, felt blindsided [and] got defensive."

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Then actress Holly Robinson-Peete (left) chimed in, saying Osbourne, 68, played a role in getting her fired from The Talk after Osbourne (right) said Peete was "too ghetto" for the show.

"I'm old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too 'ghetto' for #theTalk... then I was gone," Peete, 56, tweeted last week.

"I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because...she HAD to..."

Osbourne denies calling Peele "Ghetto."

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Holly Robinson Peete claims President Donald Trump once called her the N-word on the set of his popular reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice.

Peete, a former contestant on Celebrity Apprentice 3 season 9, made the claim during an appearance on The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View.

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Peete is pictured with Trump and her husband Rodney Peete at their HollyRod Foundation event in 2010.

She said before she agreed to appear on Celebrity Apprentice 3 season 9, she asked producer Mark Burnett, "You're not going to try to make me the new Omarosa, make me the mean Black lady or anything, are you?"

"I found him to be kind of piggish and bullish and stuff," she said of Trump, "but I didn't find him to be just this - who he is now, I did not see that."

Peete, who is still salty after her loss to Bret Michaels in 2009, said she heard that Trump was talking about her behind her back.

She said she heard "rumors" that Trump "had tossed out an 'N-word' referring to me."

"When the producer told me when it happened, during the finale, I remember the moment. I wasn't in earshot, but I could see them deciding between me and Bret Michaels."

She recalled seeing Trump "talking with producers and they're really animated and that was when I heard that he said, 'They want the 'N-word' to win.' Because I guess the network wanted me to win or me to be chosen and Trump wanted Bret."

To clarify, Peete didn't actually hear Trump utter the N-word herself. Hopefully she's not setting herself up for a slander lawsuit.

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