A resurfaced clip showing Sharon Osbourne offensively commenting on Meghan Markle’s Blackness has surfaced online this week as “The Talk” co-host faces accusations of making racist and homophobic comments directed at her former colleagues.
Journalist Yashar Ali, who published a report on allegations surrounding Osbourne’s conduct toward her past co-hosts on Tuesday, also posted a Twitter thread on Saturday that included an old clip of Osbourne talking about the Duchess of Sussex on “The Talk.”
In the clip, which was reportedly filmed in 2018, co-host Sheryl Underwood can be heard saying Meghan brought “Blackness to the royal family,” to which Osbourne replies: “She ain’t Black.”
After Underwood and Eve quickly responded to Osbourne, correcting her that the duchess is a Black biracial woman whose mother is Black (Meghan’s father is white), Osbourne doubled down on her remark and fired back at her Black co-hosts.
“Yeah, no, I know, but she doesn’t look Black,” she said.
“To who?” Eve and Underwood questioned in unison.
“To anybody,” Osbourne can be heard responding amid chatter.
Eve then pointed out that “Black people come in all shades” before she ended the discussion. The former co-host conveyed that such a complex conversation surrounding skin complexions and Blackness deserved to be handled differently.
“That’s a whole discussion we don’t need to have,” Eve said.