THE Talk’s Sheryl Underwood said she “had to restrain herself from taking things further” during her furious fight with Sharon Osbourne.
The two co-hosts got into a heated argument as Sharon defended Piers Morgan’s decision to quit Good Morning Britain after he was slammed for making controversial comments about Meghan Markle.
Sharon, 68, explained she defended her friend Piers’ “freedom of speech” over his intense scrutiny of Meghan over the years during Wednesday’s episode.
Meanwhile, the 57-year-old co-host didn’t hold back as she disagreed with Sharon and acknowledged Piers showed “racial implications with the way he spoke about Meghan” the last time he appeared on their talk show.
During a recent episode of her podcast, Sheryl opened up about the “altercation.”
Sheryl said she hoped the way she handled the situation would inspire others to use the same level of “restraint” when put in a similar situation, though she still called Sharon “a friend.”
She explained: “If you love your friend, you’re gonna love your friend even when your friend’s wrong.
“I’m the catalyst for the bigger discussion, [which is] do you not see what this is about?”
Sheryl continued: “I really didn’t realize it was jumping off. I thought we were having a conversation like we normally do. But then I got a feeling that, wait a minute, this ain’t what it usually is.
“I also got another feeling of, OK, Sheryl, this is time for you to step up into the leadership position… this is time for you to show what you’re made of, and in a personal way. No matter what somebody says about you, I can show you something better than I can tell you.”
She also revealed that she’s received support since her argument with Sharon while appearing on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.
The Talk host said: “I got calls from all over the world from people that I was wondering, ‘How did you find me? How do you know me?’ I was getting prayers, I was getting love.
“And I want people to know this, I believe that God was telling me, ‘I have a plan for you. I am about to pour down a blessing upon you. I just need to know, are you ready because you will face this again?'”
Sheryl continued: “I just wanted to be a better example for people that are working just a regular old job, that had to compose themselves.
“We are the only race of people that carry the race wherever we go and we’re responsible for that.
“And I want to thank everybody all over the world in social media, everybody in radio, television, news, everywhere, everybody that reached out, what power you had to make me understand you have matured Sheryl Underwood. You have matured. Because I could have messed it up, couldn’t I? I could have messed it up.”
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Following their fight, co-host Amanda Kloots opened Thursday’s episode of The Talk by addressing the argument.
She said: “We are a TV family here. Sometimes we argue like we did yesterday and sometimes we laugh, but we are back together again today and we are ready to start today’s show!”
Neither Sharon nor Sheryl apologized to each other, as The Sun exclusively reported that both sides “refused to apologize.”
The insider claimed: “Sheryl and Elaine did not want to look weak to the black community who think they went out of their way to educate Sharon. Sharon does not trust that Sheryl and Elaine wouldn’t bury her further on air.
“She does not want to apologize when she feels she was attacked on air for supporting a friend. It was an impasse and there is still tension you can cut with a knife.”