Sheryl Underwood says she experienced PTSD following her on-air fight with Sharon Osbourne that preceded Osbourne’s exit from “The Discuss.”
Underwood revealed Monday — on the present’s first episode since its almost month-long hiatus — that she is affected by “trauma.”
“I really feel like I’ve been in, like, PTSD as a result of it was a trauma,” Underwood defined, “and I really feel like I need to get previous this as a result of I actually needed to get again to work with my buddies and my colleagues and the crew … however I additionally needed to get again to the viewers.”
Underwood stated she feared being seen as “the indignant black lady” and tried to stay calm throughout her heated alternate with Osbourne, when Osbourne claimed she was being branded a racist for defending shut pal Piers Morgan after he exited “Good Morning Britain” for accusing Meghan Markle of mendacity.
“I didn’t need to escalate issues with Sharon as a result of I assumed I used to be having a dialog with a pal, but additionally I knew I needed to be an instance for others to observe as a result of I didn’t need to perceived because the indignant black lady,” Underwood stated, “and that actually scared me.
“I didn’t need to be that and I needed to stay calm and stay targeted, and it’s tough to return to that day as a result of I simply really feel the trauma. I really feel fearful, apprehensive.”
Fellow co-host Elaine Welteroth stated Monday that Osbourne “went off the rails into disrespect” throughout the debate.
Osbourne tweeted a prolonged apology following the emotionally charged episode and claimed to have privately apologized to Underwood.
Underwood, 57, then claimed that Osbourne, 68, by no means issued a non-public apology, however Osbourne got here ahead with alleged screenshots that confirmed texts to Underwood that went unanswered.
Underwood confirmed on Monday’s episode that Osbourne did textual content her however she didn’t reply as a result of she didn’t know if she was allowed to given the inner investigation going down on the present.
Web page Six solely revealed that Osbourne departed the CBS discuss present with a payday upwards of $10 million, though a CBS spokesperson later stated the notion of a “$5 to $10 million minimal payout” is “False, inaccurate or unfaithful. Take your decide.”
“Sharon will discuss when she is prepared,” an insider shared. “She nonetheless needs to offer her aspect of the story. She has been on that present for 11 years and is aware of all of the secrets and techniques.”