The 68-year-old entertainer will not be on the host panel when the show returns on April 12.
Sharon‘s exit comes after weeks of the show being on “hiatus” to address racism in the workplace, which was highlighted after she got into a heated argument with co-host Sheryl Underwood about her support of Piers Morgan regarding his remarks about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the host,” CBS shared in a statement.
It continued, “At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.
“During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”
Leah and Holly were the latest hosts to speak out about Sharon‘s behavior.
Sharon has denied them.