Following an intense discussion about race, a subsequent internal investigation and hiatus from air, Sharon Osbourne is officially out at “The Talk.”

The former reality star “has decided to leave” the long-running daytime talk show, according to a statement from CBS and obtained by Fox News on Friday.

The departure news comes a few weeks after a heated exchange between Osbourne, 68, and co-host Sheryl Underwood, in which Osbourne expressed support for Piers Morgan after he left “Good Morning Britain” over differing opinions about Meghan Markle following the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry‘s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home,” CBS’ statement said.

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It continued: “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 hosts.”

Sharon Osbourne will no longer serve as a co-host on 'The Talk.' (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Sharon Osbourne will no longer serve as a co-host on ‘The Talk.’ (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

On the March 10 episode, the co-hosts talked about Morgan’s previous statements about Markle, which many have deemed racist. Osbourne clarified during the interview, however, that she did not agree with Morgan’s opinions, but pressed Underwood to “educate” her about the racist undertones of his criticism of Markle, 39.

The former reality star would later claim that executives set her up for the damning conversation.

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In their statement, CBS acknowledged that “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.”

Following the episode, the show went on hiatus beginning on March 15 in order to launch an internal investigation into the incident. The hiatus was initially only supposed to last for two days but was extended multiple times.

On Friday, CBS said that the hiatus has been extended once again for another week, during which, they will be “coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew.”

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As of now, the show is set to return on April 12.

“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,” said the network.

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The statement made no mention of who may replace Osbourne — if anyone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Underwood, 57, and co-hosts Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth will all remain panelists.

Trouble for Sharon Osbourne began after she expressed support for Piers Morgan when he questioned the legitimacy of claims made by Meghan Markle during her interview with Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey.

Trouble for Sharon Osbourne began after she expressed support for Piers Morgan when he questioned the legitimacy of claims made by Meghan Markle during her interview with Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey. (Getty Images)

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Osbourne has also since faced accusations of using racially insensitive language herself when former co-host Holly Robinson Peete said on Twitter that Osbourne called her “too ‘ghetto’ for #theTalk…then I was gone.” Osbourne has denied the allegations.

A rep for Osbourne did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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