The Day by day Mail published leaked audio earlier this week of then-co-host Elaine Welteroth consoling a sobbing Osbourne after the blow-up, and a number of sources instructed Web page Six it was an “unlawful recording.”
“They’re masquerading prefer it was a ‘scorching mic’ second, however they weren’t [wearing the show’s mics] in any respect. Somebody in Sharon’s camp illegally recorded their dialog and leaked it. It was the last word Karen transfer. Sharon is the unhinged TV Karen,” the supply mentioned describing Osbourne because the viral catch-all name for supposedly victimized white women.
Within the audio, Welteroth is heard comforting an emotional Osbourne and assuring her that she is “not a racist.”
In a statement to “Entertainment Tonight” on Friday, Welteroth expressed no remorse for “sharing these emotions in a non-public dialog” with Osbourne and confirmed that she was “unlawfully recorded with out consent.”
“I’m disheartened, nonetheless, that my kindness has been taken out of context and weaponized,” she mentioned.
It’s probably a criminal offense in California to report a dialog with out the consent of all events concerned. However “Sharon doesn’t care,” one other insider mentioned.
“That is her and Piers [Morgan] working and their vendetta in opposition to the present,” mentioned the insider, referring to the British journalist who Osbourne was defending from racism accusations when she received into the infamous row. “They’ve most likely been holding onto [the audio] for this second. It’s no coincidence that it was launched because the show announced Jerry O’Connell as her substitute. It’s fairly crappy as a result of everybody thought they’d transfer on and was prepared for the brand new chapter,” they alleged.
In the meantime, a 3rd supply defined that “Sharon pulled Elaine into her dressing room, crying. Elaine is the brand new junior particular person on the present and he or she was being respectful to essentially the most senior host of the present, and now she’s being maligned for being good to her,” they mentioned.
O’Connell formally changed Osbourne as host this week and the primary supply mentioned, “Everybody is worked up and able to transfer on from the Osbourne era.”
Reps for Osbourne, Welteroth and “The Speak” didn’t remark.