Sharon Osbourne has revealed that her decision to return to the UK was sparked by the backlash she received in a row over Meghan Markle.
The TV presenter, 70, who has lived in Los Angeles for over two decades, told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she has been blacklisted in America since defending her friend Piers Morgan on US chat show The Talk in March 2021.
She appeared on ITV’s This Morning on Monday after returning to the UK to live permanently alongside husband Ozzy.
“They say there’s no blacklisting in America but I’m living proof of that,” Sharon said.
Piers Morgan stormed off Good Morning Britain after co-presenter Alex Beresford challenged his coverage of the Duchess of Sussex in 2021.
Sharon explained that she was “cancelled” and received death threats after defending him, while he was deemed “racist and sexist” by her The Talk co-hosts.
She told Philip and Holly that she hasn’t felt a need to change her personality to win over audiences since the outrage.
Sharon said: “I can look at myself in the mirror and I know I over talk and I’m overbearing. I know all of that about myself but I’ve never spoken with hate. I’m confrontational but I don’t do any hate speech and I know who I am.
“I stick up for my friends and that’s what I was doing.”
CBS said at the time: "Sharon Osbourne has decided to leave THE TALK. 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 behaviour toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.
"We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts."
Sharon claimed that she doesn’t have to be mindful of what she says in her new role on the UK’s TalkTV.
She said: “At TalkTV I don’t have to [hide what I think] because everyone has different opinions. It doesn’t represent any political party or belief.
“There are people there everyday with different opinions and we all say what we feel in a respectful way. There’s no hate speech or ‘I’m really secretly part of this party’
“People say what they feel and you’ve got an open place to feel it and it’s great.”
This comes after Ozzy told The Guardian that he wanted to return to the UK because of the common mass shootings in the U.S.
Ozzy Osbourne said: “Everything’s f***ing ridiculous there. I’m fed up with people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert… It’s f***ing crazy.
“And I don’t want to die in America. I don’t want to be buried in f***ing Forest Lawn.”