Oh? Elaine Welteroth playing both sides? Chile, that’s seemingly what it is in this leaked audio of her consoling for "The Talk" co-host Sharon Osbourne following the race discussion that involved Sheryl Underwood.
Hear what she said, PLUS Elaine’s response inside…
It appears Elaine Welteroth is (or was) playing both sides. An audio of her consoling former "The Talk" co-host Sharon Osbourne has surfaced and it’s quite telling.
Right after Sharon’s heated exchange with Sheryl Underwood about Piers Morgan‘s racist remarks about Meghan Markle, Elaine made her way to Sharon’s dressing room.
As Sharon wept, Elaine tried to calm her down, telling her, "I know you’re not racist," in an audio recording obtained by The Daily Mail. Apparently, Elaine’s microphone was on. The former Teen VOGUE EIC was heard apologizing to Sharon and reassuring her that "no one think she’s racist" in her dressing room after the explosive conversation on March 10th.
In the audio, the 34-year-old co-host told Sharon she felt they all were "set up" by the showrunners. "They literally made her [Sheryl] ask that question," Elaine is heard saying. "I assumed that you guys had had a pre-conversation so that you were on the same page," she in the audio.
The "Project Runway" judge claimed that producers asked for her to initiate the conversation that caused the controversy on the March 10th episode.
"They asked me to ask that question. I said, ‘No I’m not going to ask that question,’" she said "I said, ‘Wait, what’s the intention of this conversation? Because this can go left so fast. … I said to them, ‘This is going to be a train wreck.’"
Elaine continued, "Maybe I didn’t say, ‘I know you’re not [racist], I might have said I think, but I need you to know I f*cking know you’re not."
Sharon responded, "But why couldn’t she have said, ‘I’ve known you for 11 years, I know you are not racist,’ instead of ‘I don’t think you are, no, I know you aren’t.’ There’s a huge difference."
You can listen to the audio here.
The tone was much different, however, on stage and afterwards where Elaine and others were adamant that racist talk was not acceptable.
Now, Elaine is speaking out about the audio. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, she said:
"I thought we had closed the painful, public chapter of the controversy related to the March 10th show. Today, however, I learned that my private comments made moments after the incident from a place of compassion to a then-colleague (the most senior level co-host on The Talk) were recorded —without my consent or knowledge—and shared with the media."
Elaine said she initially refrained from publicly addressing the controversy surrounding Osbourne, but "I reluctantly wade into this now simply to ensure that, as a Black woman, I am not silenced or side-lined," she explained.
"What I am sharing today is consistent with what I have already shared on camera. Nothing has changed," the former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief stated. "It is not news that I did not call Sharon a racist and it is certainly not news that the way the show unfolded caught us all by surprise. None of us wanted that day to go how it did and I do not regret sharing these feelings in a private conversation with a colleague. I welcome fair, constructive dialogue and I am no stranger to tough conversations about race. But I will not be vilified for telling the truth, on or off-air."
She continued, "To set the record straight, it was not a hot mic — I was unlawfully recorded without consent. And I never filed a complaint with HR against Sharon Osbourne or anyone else. I am disheartened, however, that my kindness has been taken out of context and weaponized in an attempt to absolve responsibility for someone else’s actions. I was honored to join The Talk to add my voice to important and lively conversations. I am so excited about the next chapter with our new co-host Jerry O’Connell and I am grateful for the new perspectives he will bring to the show."
The explosive episode went down March 10th where Sharon berated her co-hosts – specifically Sheryl – while defending her friend Piers Morgan, who was under fire for his vocal (and sometimes racist) criticism of Meghan Markle.
When "The Talk" returned from hiatus, Sheryl opened up about how she chose to navigate that difficult moment.
"I didn’t want to escalate things with Sharon because I thought I was having a conversation with a friend, but also, I knew I had to be an example for others to follow," she said. "I didn’t want to be perceived as that angry Black woman, and that really scared me. I didn’t want to be that, and I wanted to remain calm and focused."
Everyone knows had she responded to Sharon with the same energy, she would have been labeled an angry black woman. Sheryl handled the situation perfectly. The comedian/talk show host said she didn’t want to respond to Sharon’s text messages because she didn’t want anything popping up “in the media that’s misunderstood."
"The Talk’s" Elaine Welteroth also addressed what transpired between Sheryl & Sharon after the drama unfolded:
"I think when you go back and watch that episode, you will see two black women walking the same tightrope that black women are walking every single day in the workplace," she began. "We knew that we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was not listening, and who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.
"That was emotional for all of us. Sheryl and I haven’t had the same opportunity to address some of what’s happened directly and I think it’s important that we have the opportunity now," Elaine continued. "There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the media that frame both Sheryl and myself as co-conspirators and attacking someone. And I just want to take this opportunity to say that is absolutely, categorically false and unfair. And I think it’s really important that people hear that."
Hmm…do you feel she was playing both sides or nah?
Photo: Elaine’s IG