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Sharon Osbourne has no desire to take a moment and enjoy The View. In fact, she has some pretty harsh words for her ABC chat-show rivals.
On Nov. 6, Osbourne appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show alongside her co-hosts from CBS's The Talk. Hall plied them with alcohol, and while Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood managed to hold their liquor, Osbourne took the opportunity to let loose. She especially didn't hold back when Arsenio asked the ladies to explain the difference between The Talk and The View.
"We do not discuss politics, we do not debate," Chen said, cautiously. "You know, I always say, The View has changed over the years as the players have changed."
At this, Sharon scoffed and tossed her empty red Solo cup over her shoulder.
"Let's cut to the chase! Stop being polite," Osbourne exclaimed. "The situation is, Barbara, idolize her, divine, she is superhuman, I love Barbara Walters. The rest can go f**k themselves." (Really, she said that! Watch it below.)
We had no idea that the competition between The View and The Talk was so cutthroat! The Talk premiered three years ago with the obvious intention of getting at The View's audience.
Both shows are founded on the idea of women sitting around talking, exchanging ideas, and forming a friendly relationship with the (mostly female) viewers at home. Barbara Walters' show, on the air in 1997, has had its share of scandals, but always avoids going too negative. And The Talk is even more lightweight. Where does Sharon's animosity come from?
Obviously, the ladies of both show are under intense pressure to be #1. But the fact is, The Talk is gaining on The View. While the long-running show is holding steady with new host Jenny McCarthy, the audience for underdog show The Talk has actually grown. They're practically neck-and-neck right now. So shouldn't Sharon be smug in the knowledge that her show has ABC quaking in its boots? What does she have to gain from being mean? Do she and Whoopi Goldberg have a beef we don't know about?
The unfortunate thing is that women are constantly being pitted against one another in the media, and Sharon is adding fuel to the fire. The View was actually founded on a somewhat radical premise: Let's show America a bunch of women with different opinions having discussions about current events. The View and The Talk are the only two daytime shows featuring panels of women, and they're still not as popular as Dr. Phil (hosted by zero women) and Live with Kelly & Michael (whose producers never, for one moment, considered a permanent female co-host for Kelly).
The shows, frivolous as they often are, are based on the idea that women's voices matter and should be heard in a national forum, even if those women aren't Rhodes scholars. So to see those very women tearing each other down? It's disheartening.
So far, The View has taken the high road and chosen to stay mum on Sharon's diss. But knowing how much Barbara Walters hates her show being insulted, we'd advise Sharon to check any incoming fruit baskets for poison apples.