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PIERS MORGAN: I’m not a racist and neither is Sharon Osbourne

PIERS MORGAN: I’m not a racist and neither is Sharon Osbourne

Imagine for a moment that I went on stage in a comedy club and said: ‘There’s still two rules in the f****** Morgan family: Don’t marry somebody black and don’t park in front of our house.’

Then imagine that a black female member of the audience sitting in the front took exception to my horribly racist remark, stood up and flipped me her middle finger.

Then imagine me turning on that black woman and sneering: ‘Sit your f****** a** down. I’m talking, b****. You paid to see a show, sit your a** down. [If] you can’t take a joke, you’re at the wrong motherf****** place. You got two choices…sit your f****** a** down or get the f*** out of here.’

Then imagine me continuing to rant ‘I’m going to make that choice for you – get the f*** out of here. Bye. Bye. Bye’, at which point the black woman and her friends get up and leave the venue.

Then imagine me, two days later, doubling down on the incident when it provoked public uproar and tweeting: ‘You have 2 choices, have a good day or get the f*** out.’

I've been friends with Sharon for over 20 years, and we became particularly close when we worked together for five seasons on America's Got Talent. She's one of the smartest, feistiest, funniest and most outrageous people I know - and I love her for it. What you see with Sharon is what you get, on and off camera. Like me, she's incredibly opinionated and loves a good argument

I’ve been friends with Sharon for over 20 years, and we became particularly close when we worked together for five seasons on America’s Got Talent. She’s one of the smartest, feistiest, funniest and most outrageous people I know – and I love her for it. What you see with Sharon is what you get, on and off camera. Like me, she’s incredibly opinionated and loves a good argument

In 2017, comedian George Lopez (center) appeared on stage in Phoenix, Arizona, where he said: 'There's still two rules in the f****** Latino family: Don't marry somebody black and don't park in front of our house'. A black female member of the audience sitting in the front took exception to my horribly racist remark, stood up and flipped me her middle finger. Sheryl Underwood defended him on The Talk

In 2017, comedian George Lopez (center) appeared on stage in Phoenix, Arizona, where he said: ‘There’s still two rules in the f****** Latino family: Don’t marry somebody black and don’t park in front of our house’. A black female member of the audience sitting in the front took exception to my horribly racist remark, stood up and flipped me her middle finger. Sheryl Underwood defended him on The Talk

CBS, which fired Sharon, is the same CBS that allowed Meghan and Harry to spray-gun the British royals and media with all sorts of unsubstantiated highly damaging garbage, the veracity of which has been unravelling faster than Sharon Osbourne was jettisoned at the altar of politically correct bullsh**

CBS, which fired Sharon, is the same CBS that allowed Meghan and Harry to spray-gun the British royals and media with all sorts of unsubstantiated highly damaging garbage, the veracity of which has been unravelling faster than Sharon Osbourne was jettisoned at the altar of politically correct bullsh**

Now imagine my friend Sharon Osbourne appearing on her hit show The Talk two days after that tweet, defending me and also mocking the woman by blaming HER for the abuse she endured and saying: ‘I would have said, ‘b****, that’s why nobody’s going to marry you cause you talking in my show’.’

That would be outrageous, right?

I mean, it would be incontrovertible evidence of Sharon publicly supporting a racist, sexist, misogynist pig who had shockingly abused a young black woman.

And frankly, she would have deserved to be fired for it.

But obviously, I didn’t do or say any of those things.

And nor did Sharon Osbourne.

No, it was Latino comedian George Lopez who racially abused the black woman at a gig in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2017.

And the person on The Talk who mounted such a passionate defence of his appalling behavior was Sheryl Underwood, one of Sharon’s long-time co-hosts.

Underwood, herself a black woman, told the panel: ‘Merienda you throw up the bird twice and you are in the first few rows, you have now inserted yourself into the show and it depends on the mood of the comic on how they handle it. I am pro-black female, but if you put yourself into it, you goin’ get lit up. I would’ve said: ‘b****, that’s why nobody’s going to marry you cause you talking in my show.’

In other words, the black female victim of the sickening abuse had it coming for reacting badly to a disgusting racist slur and deserved all the abuse she got.

It’s hard to imagine a more shameful thing to say on national television but Ms Underwood was applauded for it by the audience and suffered no disciplinary action from her CBS bosses.

Now cut forward four years to the episode of The Talk that aired on CBS on March 10, the day after I quit my UK breakfast show Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologize for disbelieving Meghan Markle’s disingenuous load of fact-devoid baloney in her lengthy Oprah whine-athon with Prince Harry, much of which has now been proved to be untrue.

Sharon Osbourne had tweeted her support for me, saying: ‘I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.’

And Sheryl Underwood wasn’t happy with her about it.

‘What would you say to people,’ she demanded, ‘who say that while you’re standing by your friend, you appear to be giving validation or a safe haven to something he has uttered that is racist?’

Sharon Osbourne had tweeted her support for me, saying: 'I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you're paid for your opinion and that you're just speaking your truth.'

Sharon Osbourne had tweeted her support for me, saying: ‘I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.’

Sheryl Underwood wasn't happy with Sharon for tweeting her support. 'What would you say to people,' she demanded, 'who say that while you're standing by your friend, you appear to be giving validation or a safe haven to something he has uttered that is racist?' This was a staggering, bare-faced lie

Sheryl Underwood wasn’t happy with Sharon for tweeting her support. ‘What would you say to people,’ she demanded, ‘who say that while you’re standing by your friend, you appear to be giving validation or a safe haven to something he has uttered that is racist?’ This was a staggering, bare-faced lie

The person on The Talk who mounted such a passionate defence of his appalling behavior was Sheryl Underwood, one of Sharon's long-time co-hosts. She appeared on The Talk and mocked the  woman by blaming HER for the abuse she endured and saying: 'I would have said, 'b****, that's why nobody's going to marry you cause you talking in my show'

The person on The Talk who mounted such a passionate defence of his appalling behavior was Sheryl Underwood, one of Sharon’s long-time co-hosts. She appeared on The Talk and mocked the  woman by blaming HER for the abuse she endured and saying: ‘I would have said, ‘b****, that’s why nobody’s going to marry you cause you talking in my show’

This was a staggering, bare-faced lie.

I’ve never said a single thing about Meghan Markle that could possibly be construed as racist, either in print or on television.

In fact, the only time I’ve ever mentioned her race has been to repeatedly say how great it was that a bi-racial woman was marrying into the very white British royal family.

It’s true that having merienda been friendly with her, I’ve been very critical of her in the past three years because I believe she’s a fake virtue-signalling hypocrite who ruthlessly exploits her royal titles for financial gain.

But none of that honestly held opinion is based on anything to do with her skin color. I’ve been equally critical of Harry for his own ludicrous antics and he’s white.

Sharon was stunned by Underwood’s question.

‘Tell me what he said that’s racist?’ she retorted, several times, but Underwood was unable to say because she knows I never have.

‘It is not the exact words of racism,’ she eventually clarified. ‘It’s the implication and reaction to it. To not want to address that because she is a black woman, and to try to dismiss it or make it seem less than what it is. That’s what makes it racist.’

So, let me get this straight: to disbelieve Meghan Markle, even when she’s demonstrably lying about very serious and incredibly damaging claims – her son Archie was NOT banned from being a Prince because of his skin color, just as she’s now admitted they didn’t get secretly married three days before their wedding – is now an automatic confirmation of racism?

‘I don’t understand,’ said a bemused Sharon. ‘If Piers doesn’t like someone, and they happen to be black, does that make him a racist?’

‘No,’ said Underwood.

‘Right, so why can’t it be he just doesn’t like her? Why does it have to be racist?’

Underwood didn’t answer.

Instead, she said: ‘I don’t want anybody here to watch this and think we’re attacking you for being racist.’

Sharon chuckled ruefully. ‘I think it’s too late, that seed’s already sown.’

Yes, it had been, just as the seed had been sown about my own supposed racism with zero evidence to support it.

And it was done very deliberately, and utterly disgracefully.

Oprah Winfrey barely challenged a word her two friends said, leaving Americans and the woefully gullible US media to assume every sensational bombshell of self-serving tittle-tattle was fact when much of it wasn't

Oprah Winfrey barely challenged a word her two friends said, leaving Americans and the woefully gullible US media to assume every sensational bombshell of self-serving tittle-tattle was fact when much of it wasn’t

As a result of their emotion-charged debate, during which Sharon became understandably enraged by the sheer injustice of seeing a friend who she knows isn’t racist being branded a racist with nothing to back it up, and seeing herself smeared in the process as a racist-sympathiser, she’s now been forced out of her job at The Talk after ten years in which she’s been by far its biggest star and most interesting panellist.

I’ve been friends with Sharon for over 20 years, and we became particularly close when we worked together for five seasons on America’s Got Talent.

She’s one of the smartest, feistiest, funniest and most outrageous people I know – and I love her for it.

What you see with Sharon is what you get, on and off camera.

Like me, she’s incredibly opinionated and loves a good argument.

As she told DailyMail.com last week: ‘Piers and I have got a great friendship. But we fight—we have huge fights. I’ve slapped Piers. Piers has seen my breasts! We get drunk together, we argue a lot over things we don’t agree on but at the end of the day, that’s it. I don’t agree with his opinion all the way, I don’t. But the difference is, he knows Meghan and I don’t. The guy has a right to his opinion – I’m sure I say things and he goes, she’s f****** nuts!’

(Factcheck: I do.)

I’ve also appeared many times with her on The Talk, including last October when ironically, I warned of the increasingly sinister mampara culture that was destroying free speech.

‘I never want to have an argument with someone like Sharon,’ I said, ‘and then say at the end, right because I don’t agree with you, I want you fired from The Talk immediately. That is not democracy.’

‘I agree with him,’ said…. Sheryl Underwood!

Yet here we are, just five months later, and the same Sheryl Underwood’s sat back and watched Sharon Osbourne get driven off the show for disagreeing with her, after deliberately rattling her cage with a fake racism slur against me.

It’s an absolute disgrace and given how Underwood defended HER friend George Lopez when he DID say racist things that were caught on camera, it’s disgustingly hypocritical of her.

As is the behaviour of CBS, the Cowardly Broadcasting System, who’ve so pathetically bowed to the woke mob illiberally baying for blood like a bunch of crazed language-policing fascists.

In their statement announcing Sharon’s departure, CBS made it clear she was leaving specifically for what happened on that episode and not because of any of the other historic allegations of alleged inappropriate behaviour made against her by aggrieved former panel members, all of which Sharon vehemently denies.

CBS said: ‘The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.’

What a load of sanctimonious, two-faced twaddle.

So, it’s OK for Sheryl Underwood to passionately defend someone who spews racist abuse at a black woman, but it’s not OK for Sharon Osbourne to passionately defend someone who didn’t?

This is such an outrageous double standard.

And how can it even be happening in a country so proud of its First Amendment constitutional right to free speech?

But then, this is the same CBS that allowed Meghan and Harry to spray-gun the British royals and media with all sorts of unsubstantiated highly damaging garbage, the veracity of which has been unravelling faster than Sharon Osbourne was jettisoned at the altar of politically correct bullsh*t.

As a result of the emotion-charged debate between Sheryl (far left) and Sharon (center), during which Sharon became understandably enraged by the sheer injustice of seeing a friend who she knows isn't racist being branded a racist with nothing to back it up, and seeing herself smeared in the process as a racist-sympathiser, she's now been forced out of her job at The Talk after ten years in which she's been by far its biggest star and most interesting panellist

As a result of the emotion-charged debate between Sheryl (far left) and Sharon (center), during which Sharon became understandably enraged by the sheer injustice of seeing a friend who she knows isn’t racist being branded a racist with nothing to back it up, and seeing herself smeared in the process as a racist-sympathiser, she’s now been forced out of her job at The Talk after ten years in which she’s been by far its biggest star and most interesting panellist

Oprah Winfrey barely challenged a word her two friends said, leaving Americans and the woefully gullible US media to assume every sensational bombshell of self-serving tittle-tattle was fact when much of it wasn’t.

It’s hard to overstate the pain and hurt these claims have caused the Queen, and to make it even worse, they were made at a time when her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip lay seriously ill in hospital.

This sham of an ‘interview’ was a shameful betrayal of journalistic standards by CBS.

And when it comes to the company’s ‘values’, this is the same CBS which has just given a platform to shamed film director Woody Allen to dismiss serious sex abuse allegations made by his daughter Dylan.

They seem to specialise in allowing people to peddle THEIR version of the truth without any regard for what THE truth may be.

Sharon Osbourne was entitled to defend me without being deemed a racist.

Just as I was entitled not to believe Meghan Markle without being deemed a racist.

The fact we’ve both lost our jobs is not just an appalling attack on free speech, but it’s also a terrible indictment of woke mampara culture bullsh*t and the stinking hypocrisy that lies at the heart of it.

Every journalist and commentator in America should be as incensed as I am about this, because they could all be next.

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