Sharon Osbourne is speaking out after throwing her weight behind Piers Morgan.
On Tuesday, Morgan made headlines for leaving the set of “Good Morning Britain” after being confronted about what some see as his intense and frequent criticism of Meghan Markle, which was followed by his overall exit from the show.
After the incident, Osbourne, 68, fired off a tweet in support of the television personality.
“.@piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you,” she said online. “People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.”
The star has clarified her opinion on the matter and explained that while she doesn’t agree with Morgan’s opinion, she supports his voicing it.
Sharon Osbourne clarified that she does not share Piers Morgan’s opinion regarding Meghan Markle’s recent tell-all interview, but asked for clarification as to why she caught backlash for supporting Morgan for voicing his opinion.
“I know he has a right to say what he feels on the interview, as we have a right to say and everybody has a right to say what they feel with freedom of speech,” she said, per Entertainment Tonight. “Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No, because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion.”
Osbourne continued: “But why is it that because I supported a long-time friend and work colleague of mine for years that everybody goes, if you support him, then you must be racist because he’s racist?”
Co-host Amanda Kloots said that “it’s always really hard when you see a good friend going through a difficult situation and you know them on a different level and really know their personal heart and their minds,” and said she understands why the former reality star would reach out to support her old pal.
“I agree with you, it doesn’t mean you support what he says,” said the fitness guru. “We have a lot of friends who say things they don’t agree with but they’re still our friends.”
However, co-host Sheryl Underwood recounted trying to speak with Morgan about how his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex has “racist implications.”
“He doesn’t want to understand how Meghan was treated was racism and then says … ‘I don’t see it as being racist — I don’t believe what she’s going through’ — it’s that white entitlement, privilege that makes it racist upon itself,” the comedian stated. “So if you’re saying ‘I stand with you,’ how do you address people who say then you are standing with racism? I’m not saying that you are.”
Elaine Welteroth then said it would have been an opportunity for Osbourne to “stand up for anti-racism.”
“When we give passes or give space to people who are saying damaging, harmful things, what we’re kind of doing is permissing it,” she explained. “And I think that’s what people are reacting to.”
Osbourne then asked: “So if I like Piers and he’s seen as racist, I’m racist? Is that what you’re saying?”
The other women explained that they didn’t see it that way, but did see how Morgan’s comments — specifically that he didn’t believe Markle’s claims which included racism and mental health struggles — to be racist.
“You’re entitled to the rest of your opinions, but when you bypass her experience and you don’t acknowledge that experience of racism, you are distracting with all of this other information about being a royalist,” Welteroth explained.