EXCLUSIVE: With the controversy sparked by last Wednesday’s episode The speech showing no signs of declining, the show the unexpected break lengthens. I hear The speech The team this evening has been informed that the show will remain dark at least until next week. No return date has been set.
The speech was originally put on hiatus last Sunday for two days; the break was then extended, and The speech was due to return with live performances on Tuesday March 22.
A week ago, CBS launched an investigation into the heated exchange at the start of the March 10 episode of Piers Morgan, his comments on Meghan Markle and race, which included pointed comments from co-host Sharon Osbourne .
Since then there have been new allegations against Osbourne that she used racial slurs to former co-host / executive producer Julie Chen. Former The speech Co-host Holly Robinson Peete also claimed Osborne called her too “ghetto” to be on the show.
In addition to denying all charges, Osbourne has gone on the offensive, accusing CBS executives in interviews of being behind Wednesday’s segment, which she calls “a setup.”
Last Friday, the network released the following statement:
CBS is committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace in all of its productions. We are also keenly aware of the significant concerns expressed and ongoing discussions regarding the events on The speech. This includes a process where all voices are heard, complaints are investigated and appropriate action taken if necessary. The show will extend its production hiatus until next Tuesday as we continue to examine these issues.