Leah Remini fired from 'The Talk': Sharon Osbourne's fault, she says
Leah Remini has remained mostly silent about her ouster (along with co-host Holly Robinson Peete) from CBS' "The Talk" last summer. But she took to Twitter on Monday to reveal the suspected reason for her firing: Sharon Osbourne.
"Sharon thought me and Holly were 'ghetto'" she tweeted. "We were not funny, awkward and didn't know ourselves. She has the power that was given to her."
In December, Osbourne and the current co-hosts appeared on Howard Stern's satellite radio show and Stern brought up the subject of the fired former co-hosts. At the time, he wondered if it was Julie Chen, wife of CBS President and Chief Executive Les Moonves, who was behind the firings. But Osbourne quickly spoke up, saying: "Some people don't really know who they are. You have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not."
Osbourne responded on Twitter on Tuesday, writing: "In response to Leah Remini's continuous comments that I had her fired from "The Talk," let me just go on the record to say I had absolutely nothing to do with her departure from the show and have no idea why she continues to take to Twitter to spread this false gossip."
Remini, who is currently filming a pilot for ABC, claimed she didn't know the reasons behind her firing until Osbourne discussed it on Stern's show. Then she responded to fans on Twitter, saying "I will not respond to Sharon BUT only to say this, IF she wanted to clear it up she has my number & has had ALL this time and didnt use it.not even to say she was sorry. so to Sharon I say... Well done Sharon, you won. I will move on now as you suggested. And so should u. Be at Peace."
The show, which has been averaging just more than 2 million viewers this season, was recently picked up for a third season. Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood were brought in to replace Remini and Robinson Peete.
But Remini isn't angry with the entire Osbourne clan. She tells her fans that Ozzy is a sweetie.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: From left, Leah Remini, Sharon Osbourne, Christie Brinkley and Julie Chen on "The Talk" in happier times. Credit: CBS