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Sharon Osbourne follows Piers Morgan to new channel TalkTV

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Sharon Osbourne is back with The Talk — but not the CBS version. In fact, this spring she’ll host a new show by that name on TalkTV in the UK, the News Corp.-owned channel that also has Piers Morgan on its roster.

“What I’m really looking for in my colleagues at TalkTV is someone who’s, well, a little bit like me,” Morgan said Thursday in a video posted on Twitter. “Very headstrong, fearless, funny, knows his own opinion, isn’t afraid to speak it, unpredictable, maybe a little dangerous.

“But also,” he continued, “someone who makes global headlines every time he opens his mouth.”

At that point, the camera moved and Osbourne was revealed, asking, “Uh, where do I sign, Piers?”

Osbourne’s new show will be canceled, according to a News Corp press release. host “five opinionated famous faces” for an hour each week as they discuss topics ranging from politics, crime, health and entertainment. It only airs in the UK.

“Sharon has built a unique and highly successful media career that combines strong views and opinions with lots of warmth and fun. Her irrepressible energy will make her show compelling,” News UK chief executive Rebekah Brooks said in a statement on Thursday, “and we’re excited to give her a new home on TalkTV.”

There’s no firm start date for the show other than spring 2022, a season that officially begins on Sunday.

Morgan, and in turn Osbourne, opened their “gobby little mouths” in 2021 after Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, conducted an interview with Oprah Winfrey that cast a race-based shadow over the British royal family.

Morgan abruptly ended Good Morning Britain after heated arguments with co-hosts in which he refused to believe what Meghan was saying. He was accused of racism but said he simply thought the Duchess was lying because she was having suicidal thoughts.

Osbourne then defended Morgan – her former co-star on The X Factor – during her stint on CBS’ The Talk. She was suspended and then fired after that defense led to a racially-oriented debacle with co-panelist Sheryl Underwood on live television. CBS told her that her behavior “didn’t align with his values.”

Six months later, despite a record-breaking number of viewer complaints, Morgan’s “GMB” remarks were approved by Britain’s media regulator, who said he hadn’t breached the country’s broadcasting regulations. Osbourne got no such redemption in the US market.

It was all very uncomfortable – but well liked by readers and viewers and others who were captivated as the drama unfolded.

Morgan announced his return to television earlier this month, on the one-year anniversary of his departure from GMB. He previously had a contract with News Corp. and Fox News Media, and his show will air on US streaming service Fox Nation, UK TalkTV and Sky News Australia.

“I am delighted to now return to live television with a new prime-time program whose primary purpose will be to break down the abandonment culture that has infected societies around the world,” he said on March 9 in a video posted on Twitter.

“I want it to be a platform for the lively, energetic debates, the news-making interviews, and that increasingly taboo three-letter word: fun,” he continued. “I also want it to annoy the right people.” The show’s YouTube channel is already live.

And here’s a little gift for those unfamiliar with the British term “gobby”: It means talking too much or saying things that shouldn’t be said. You’re welcome.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-03-18/sharon-osbourne-new-job-piers-morgan-talktv Sharon Osbourne follows Piers Morgan to new channel TalkTV

Caroline Bleakley

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