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Sheryl Underwood says she experienced PTSD following her on-air fight with Sharon Osbourne that preceded Osbourne’s exit from “The Talk.”
Underwood revealed Monday — on the show’s first episode since its nearly month-long hiatus — that she is suffering from “trauma.”
“I feel like I’ve been in, like, PTSD because it was a trauma,” Underwood explained, “and I feel like I want to get past this because I really wanted to get back to work with my friends and my colleagues and the crew … but I also wanted to get back to the audience.”
Underwood said she feared being seen as “the angry black woman” and tried to remain calm during her heated exchange with Osbourne, when Osbourne claimed she was being branded a racist for defending close friend Piers Morgan after he exited “Good Morning Britain” for accusing Meghan Markle of lying.
“I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also I knew I had to be an example for others to follow because I didn’t want to perceived as the angry black woman,” Underwood said, “and that really scared me.
“I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and remain focused, and it’s difficult to go back to that day because I just feel the trauma. I feel fearful, apprehensive.”
Fellow co-host Elaine Welteroth said Monday that Osbourne “went off the rails into disrespect” during the debate.
Osbourne tweeted a lengthy apology following the emotionally charged episode and claimed to have privately apologized to Underwood.
Underwood, 57, then claimed that Osbourne, 68, never issued a private apology, but Osbourne came forward with alleged screenshots that showed texts to Underwood that went unanswered.
Underwood confirmed on Monday’s episode that Osbourne did text her but she didn’t answer because she didn’t know if she was allowed to given the internal investigation taking place at the show.
Page Six exclusively revealed that Osbourne departed the CBS talk show with a payday upwards of $10 million, although a CBS spokesperson later said the notion of a “$5 to $10 million minimum payout” is “False, inaccurate or untrue. Take your pick.”
“Sharon will talk when she is ready,” an insider shared. “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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