Marie Osmond announced she wasn’t returning to The Talk after just one season on the daytime series, but it turns out she may not have made the decision to leave on her own.
As Page Six reported, a source at CBS said she was booted because she was having conflicts with co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.
Osmond gave the standard explanation of deciding to leave so she could “pursue other projects,” but the insider claimed that’s not actually the case.
“Marie did not leave of her own accord, although she was encouraged to spin her departure that way,” the insider said.
“Show veterans Sharon and Sheryl threatened to quit unless Marie was canned. They pushed her to quit but when she didn’t, they made an ultimatum to the network.”
That doesn’t mean everyone on the program wanted to see her gone. Carrie Ann Inaba made the case to keep her around. She reportedly “pleaded with execs for Marie to stay but she wasn’t successful changing their minds.”
Fans were furious when Osmond left prior to the start of the 11th season of The Talk, and many demanded she be allowed to return, as The Inquisitr previously reported.
After Osbourne, Underwood, Inaba, and Eve appeared in a new promotional image, fans commented they might stop watching the series now that their favorite co-host was gone.
The source confirmed the program was facing the fallout in the wake of Osmond’s exit.
“Now the show is facing extreme backlash on social media. There are thousands of negative comments flooding their accounts,” they said.
CBS declined to comment on the situation, but previously said Osmond was a “consummate professional” and added she would be missed by the network for her “humor, kindness and good nature.”
A second insider pushed back on the claims, saying there was never an ultimatum issued from Osbourne and Underwood.
When Osbourne spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the show and Osmond’s departure, she said she would like to see two of her children, Jack Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne, as The Talk co-hosts, but the network wasn’t game. She added there have been people coming and going, but was looking forward to the fact that with four hosts, everyone gets more time to speak in front of the cameras.
She also praised the new coronavirus-friendly set, saying everyone was separate enough to be safe but they were all still “touchable.”