Leah Remini on Sharon Osbourne Feud: I Am 'Not at All' Angry, The Talk Was 'Absolutely' Right to Fire Me
Leah Remini was dismissed from The Talk after its first season in 2011
During an interview with radio host Howard Stern that aired Tuesday on SiriusXM, Remini, 45, opened up about her 2012 spat with Osbourne after being dismissed from The Talk, which the two women co-hosted for its first season.
“I don’t really know what Sharon felt, all I know and all Holly [Robinson Peete] knows is we thought we were friends. That’s all,” Remini said. “And in my world, if I call you a friend and you call me a friend I do expect a lot from you. I’m very judgmental in that way.”
“Here’s the thing, if you’re going to talk s—, do it in front of me, to my face, and say what’s the real deal,” she added. “Here’s what you can say about me: ‘Leah’s judgmental, she’s an a——, she flies off the handle for no reason.’ There’s things you can say about me, but here’s what you can’t say about me: that I’m not being genuine.”
However, when Stern asked her if she is angry with Osbourne, Remini said “not at all.”
“Because let me tell you something, I am not good at interviewing celebrities,” Remini said. “I’m not, I couldn’t, I was like, ‘What’s interesting about –’ I want to hear their real s—, I don’t want to hear – I don’t want to hear it. And it doesn’t have to be like real deep stuff, but if you have cellulite I want to talk about that – if you feel fat, do you have sex with your husband everyday, like [that’s what] I want to hear.”
Remini and Robinson Peete, 51, were both dismissed from the The Talk after its first season in 2011.
At the time, the actress addressed her exit on Twitter and publicly blamed Osbourne. Osbourne, 63, fired back that she had nothing to do with Remini’s departure.
On Tuesday, Remini said her outspoken personality (“I have a big mouth and I have a temper, so that’s not good for people. That’s not good for executives”) was to blame for her dismissal.
“I think it’s because I wasn’t my best self there, I don’t know how to conduct myself,” Remini said, adding that they were “absolutely” right to get rid of her.
“Because I could not subscribe to a certain way of doing things,” Remini continued. “The point is, most smart people in this business shut their mouth. … If I wanted to be in this kind of show I need to shut my mouth and do what my bosses tell me to do. I can’t do that. That [was] maybe not a good fit in that way.”
Remini said she doesn’t look back at her time on The Talk with regret.
“I did it and I was like, ‘Oh this is how you have to do, you have to be nice to people, you have to go by their schedule, you have to talk about what they want to talk about,’ ” Remini said. “I didn’t want to do that. … I would do another talk show if it was the way that I wanted to do it. Like, you can’t tell me what we’re talking about and I want to hear real stuff.”
When Stern asked if Remini ever runs into Osbourne and if the interaction is civil, the actress said “of course.”
“I have to take responsibility for the s— that I did. I was a pain in the a–, I’m a pain in the a–,” Remini said.
Remini is currently promoting her new book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.