THE TALK was slammed because of their “rushed”Betty White tribute as the show “refused”You can replay clips from the show’s late star, which featured Sharon Osbourne.
Betty passed away at age 99 of natural causes at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home on January 31.
On Monday’s episode of The Talk, hosts Natalie Morales, Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila paid tribute to the late Hollywood legend.
Betty appeared seven times on The Talk over the years. The tribute was short and contained no clips from her CBS appearances.
A source exclusively claimed to The Sun of the short tribute: “The show won’t let any clips with Sharon Osbourne in them be aired, as they try to erase the previous history of the show.
“More effort could have been made to show her respect.”
A second inside source confirmed to The Sun: “This is completely untrue. The Talk has always been a huge fan of Betty, let her rest in peace.”
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According to The Sun: Sharon, 69, quit The Talk last year after her decision to stand by her longtime friend Piers Morgan’s criticism of Meghan Markle, resulting in an on-air fight with Sheryl, 57.
Monday’s episode began with hosts discussing their holiday celebrations and winter break.
They then each wrote New Year’s resolutions letters to themselves before going into a segment on Janet Jackson.
When it was finally time for the Betty tribute, Natalie said: “We want to take a moment to celebrate the life of the incomparable Betty White. On Friday, she passed away just three weeks before her 100th Birthday.
“The comedian legend was on The Talk seven more times, and each time was as memorable as the previous.
“She truly was a national treasure who will be deeply, deeply missed. We all love you Betty White. Heaven is laughing. And we’ll be right back.”
The show then aired a short clip of Betty on The Golden Girls as it returned from break to interview Sophia Bush.
Posts were made on all social media channels of The Talk to honor the legend actress.
The captions included a photo of Betty during the show. “All of us at #TheTalk are saddened by the passing of the iconic #BettyWhite. She was a once in a lifetime talent and an absolute joy to be around. We send love and prayers to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.”
However, viewers were furious at the brief tribute. One posted it on Facebook. “It took them a half hour to even mention Betty White for only like a minute. She should’ve been mentioned at the beginning, but we all know how they have to talk about themselves for the first half hour!!”
A second fire: “So sad you all had to talk about yourselves so much and rush through the segment on Betty White. I’d much rather hear about her than anything.”
A third comment was: “It was the worst tribute, especially for someone that had been a guest on the show so many times…”
A fourth one: “It was really disrespectful how they treated Betty.”
Und ein fünfter schrieb: “40 minutes into the show and then only talked about the legend for 2 minutes, If that long. But the segment about them went on for 15. Pitiful.”
THE TALK PRAISE
Others felt that the comedian was being paid enough respect.
One wrote in response: “Aww, that is so sweet! Look at all the LOVE for #BettyWhite – What a wonderful Life, very well lived – all the love, all the laughter – what a joyous life!”
A second commented: “I think she would be so very happy & humbled at all of the people who loved [her].”
A third wrote, “So, so sorry to hear that!” She was a true icon! She was an icon! Now, she’s with Allen Ludden, her love! RIP sweet darling Betty!!”
A fourth comment: “One of the best! Our condolences to all her family.”
A fifth penned: “Talk family, this is such a sad way to end 2021 knowing that Betty White made plans for for 100th birthday in a few weeks’ time. May she rest in paradise with her golden sisters.”
After Sheryl’s fight on March 2021, Sharon left The Talk.
Sharon felt Sheryl was insinuating that she is racist for supporting her friend.
The show took a month-long hiatus to conduct an internal review before CBS then announced Sharon had quit the show in March.
During her interview with Real Time with Bill Maher, Sharon said: “I’m a fighter. I’m doing well.
“But what do you say to the people who have been cut from the knees down but can’t afford to learn about political correctness and how to interact with people?”
“What happens to them? It’s not fair because it isn’t about being a racist. It’s about maybe not knowing about what is correct and woke for your language that day, cause it changes from day to day- what is correct and what isn’t.”
NEW TALK, NEW RATINGS
Carrie Ann Inaba and Elaine Welteroth quit the series after she left.
To replace the co-hosts, Akbar, Jerry, and Natalie were hired.
As The Sun reported previously, The Talk ratings have soared ever since Natalie, 49, joined the show in October.
The week of October 25-29 saw 1,526,000 viewers.
Soap Opera Digest noted these were the highest ratings the show has received in eight months.