Holly Robinson Peete said she posted the accusation in light of Wednesday's episode where Sharon got into a heated discussion about racism with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
UPDATE 3/14/2021 7:23 am pt
Sharon Osbourne responded to allegations from former "The Talk" co-host Holly Robinson Peete that she had a role in her firing, calling her and Leah Remini -- who was also let go -- "too ghetto," by sharing an email purportedly from Holly a few months after her firing.
In the email, Holly appears to be putting the blame for her ouster firmly at the feet of former co-host Julie Chen. In her tweet sharing the letter, Osbourne reiterated that she "never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired."
According to the shared email, Holly wrote that Sharon had effectively ghosted her since her ouster, suspecting that she did so because she was "paralyzed in fear of the wrath of Julie." TooFab has reached out to representatives for Julie Chen and CBS for comment.
In response to Holly Robinson Peete’s accusation of me getting her fired from The Talk, I am sharing an e mail sent to me from Holly one month after she was let go by CBS. As I have stated before, I have never had the ability/authority to get anyone fired from The Talk. pic.twitter.com/zu3Vc1oHCy
The closest the email came to addressing the possibility of Sharon's alleged "too ghetto" comment was in one sentence, but even that isn't clear if Holly is referring to Sharon or Julie.
"If you are angry that I complained to CBS about Julie and the 'racist' comment I apologize but I owe it to my family to try to stop the venomous lies Julie is spreading," the email reads. "I am now being told I may need to take legal action to get her to stop trashing me."
In a subsequent tweet, Sharon again denied having Holly fired and further said that she never uttered the words "too ghetto" about her.
An addendum to my previous Tweet. Never in my life did I utter the words that Holly was “too ghetto” to be on the Talk, as well as not having her fired.
Taking to her Twitter account on Friday, the actress said she posted the accusation in light of Wednesday's episode where Sharon was brought to tears during a heated discussion about racism with co-host Sheryl Underwood.
"I'm old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too 'ghetto' for #theTalk...then I was gone💨," she shared. "I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because...she HAD to🤦🏽♀️ 🤷🏽♀️#fbf"
She posted the same tweet to her Instagram, where she added, "I've always been a highroad girl but when I watched what everyone else saw on my former show @thetalkcbs it triggered me and I wanted to speak out."
"Much respect to Sheryl Underwood who really should've been able to express her emotions on TV however she wanted to. It was also not her job to educate a grown woman."
"I have always felt that ignoring, defending excusing or amplifying racism, bigotry and discrimination is unacceptable. When you know better you are supposed to do better. #isaidwhatisaid 🌹🌹#fridayfeeling #period."
At the time of her departure from "The Talk," Holly, who was an original co-host, said she was in the dark about why she was let go, only finding out she wouldn't be returning two days before the second season was to launch.
"I tuned into the show thinking I may hear something about why there, and of course, I heard nothing," she relayed to The Hollywood Reporter a few months after the exit. "It was a very, very frustrating time -- the most frustrating time of my professional life."
I’m old enough to remember when Sharon complained that I was too “ghetto” for #theTalk...then I was gone💨 I bring this up now bc I was mortified watching the disrespectful condescending tone she took w/her co host who remained calm & respectful because...she HAD to🤦🏽♀️ 🤷🏽♀️#fbfhttps://t.co/7pnCnhM5rfpic.twitter.com/CXR4DzvlEZ
Leah Remini, Holly's co-host who also wasn't asked back after the inaugural season, made the same the accusation against Sharon back in March of 2012.
"Sharon thought me and Holly were 'Ghetto'. We were not funny, awkward and didn't know ourselves. She had us fired," Leah tweeted.
Sharon responded on Twitter, writing at the time, "Leah knows that I have never been in the position to hire or fire anyone on the show."
On Wednesday's show, Sharon and Sheryl's argument began over Sharon's defense of her longtime friend Piers Morgan after he attacked Meghan Markle following her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. As part of the fallout of his remarks, Piers first stormed off the "Good Morning Britain" set and now no longer has a job there.
When called to task for defending what Sheryl said were attacks tinged with racism, Sharon got emotional, demanding that Sheryl tell her what Piers had said that was racist, and expressing concern that by defending him she would also be labeled as racist.
Sharon spoke out about the fight on Thursday with a tweet, apologizing "to anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said."
"I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over," she admitted.
Sharon went on to say that she "is not perfect," is "still learning" and "will continue to learn, listen and do better."
She then emphasized that she does not "condone racism misogyny or bullying," adding, "I should have been more specific about that in my tweet." Sharon followed up her initial blanket statement of support by clarifying that while she didn't necessarily support Pier's stance, she supported his freedom of speech to express it.