After a tumultuous month, Global’s “The Talk” finally returns on Monday.
On the first episode of the show since the week of March 10, the cast addresses the fallout from Sharon Osbourne’s recent departure.
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Osbourne left the show following a heated conversation with co-host Sheryl Underwood about Piers Morgan and racism.
Opening the show, Underwood shares a message for the audience.
“It’s time for an episode of ‘The Talk’ that will be unlike any other we’ve had before,” Underwood says.
“As you may know, during our break, Sharon decided to leave ‘The Talk’. We need to process the events of that day and what happened since, so we can get to the healing,” she explains. “Over the next hour, we will honestly discuss what occurred and explore some of our feelings. And we’ll also show you how anyone can become more comfortable discussing important issues and having difficult conversations. By the end of the hour, we want everyone to feel empowered and ready to move forward.”
Monday’s episode includes a conversation with Dr. Donald E. Grant, an expert on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
Asked by Dr. Grant how she has been feeling, Underwood admits, “I’m nervous, but I’m ready, I feel a safe space. 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 a example for others to follow because I didn’t want to be perceived as the angry Black woman.”
She continues, “That really scared me, I didn’t want to be that and I wanted to remain calm and remain focused. It’s difficult to go back to that day because I feel the trauma, I feel fearful and a little apprehensive.”
Co-host Elaine Welteroth adds, “I think it’s important for people to know how much strength and willpower it takes to maintain that kind of composure in that situation. I didn’t feel that I was heard, which saddened me because part of the reason why I joined this show with all these diverse, beautiful, intelligent women is because I though that we had an opportunity here and we do have an opportunity here to have conversations that help show people how we can bridge these divides in this country and we can do it with empathy.”
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Underwood also talks about the moment during their exchange when Osbourne told her, “Don’t you cry.”
“I’m not tearing up because you’ve hurt me or I want some sympathy, I’m tearing up because I have to restrain that,” Underwoods says, “because if I had responded then I would have been the angry Black woman. I think that’s what resonated with Black women out there, but other women [who are told] don’t express emotion on a job, don’t do anything like that. To be told you can’t do something and I’m grown …. you get that feeling, ‘I’m a grown ass woman,’ and you have to suppress that.”
Addressing Osbourne’s leaked texts and claims that the two have been in communication since her last day on set, Underwoods clarifies, “I have not spoken to and do not have any phone call missed or received that I can find in my phone, but there were text messages sent to me. The reason I did not speak about or acknowledge or even respond to those text messages, because they were coming to me during the internal investigation. I didn’t know if you were supposed to communicate or not communicate … I want to be clear on this: I have not spoken to Sharon. I have not had phone calls from her. And my fear of answering something because something pops up in the media that’s misunderstood.”
Also appearing on the show is therapist and life coach Dr. Anita Phillips, who will talk about healing after a painful event or conversation.
“The Talk” was put on hiatus on March 12 in the aftermath of Osbourne’s on-air spat with Underwood. In the days following, an internal investigation was launched by CBS into Osbourne’s behind-the-scenes behaviour.
Tune-in to “The Talk” at 2 p.m. ET, weekdays on Global.
Receptionist Excluded From Pizza Order At Work Sued And Won $32,000 In Court – The Shade Room
TSR Cut The Foolery: Sometimes it pays to be petty, $32,000 to be exact for a car dealership receptionist who was feeling a way when she apparently got left out during the office pizza order.
A court recently described Malgorzata Lewicka’s experience as a “campaign of victimization,” and that she had been deliberately excluded from “Pizza Fridays” at the car dealership she worked at before being laid off in January of 2019, Newsweek reports.
Managers at Hartwell, a Ford car dealership in Watford, U.K., would ask their staff which takeaway food they would like to order every month, but Lewicka told the court that she was not asked what she would like to eat.
Sis explained that “other employees were asked but she was not asked if she wanted to order food or participate.” Lewicka added that this occurred after she had accused one of the staff members of sexual discrimination back in March of 2018.
Her colleague was investigated following the complaint and Hartwell found that gross misconduct had been committed. The colleague was issued a written final warning.
That wasn’t the only issue Lewicka had with her former employer. She also complained about her working hours and pay.
After speaking out, Lewicka says she was left out of the office festivities including the company-wide lunch, which took place on the last Friday of every month.
Hartwell claimed that Lewicka was not invited to the lunches because she was a part-time worker, finishing daily at 1 p.m., but the court ruled that this was not a reasonable excuse.
Judge Jennifer Bartlett said: “We accept that the lunches may have been ad hoc and they were informal. However (Lewicka) gave clear evidence that at Hemel a manager went around the site taking lunch orders and that she was included. However when she moved to Watford she was not asked if she wanted to order or participate whereas other colleagues were…She could have been asked if she wanted to join in.”
The judges added: “We find that her exclusion was victimization which continued until around the time of her dismissal.”
It’s bigger than the pizza though, y’all. The court also heard testimony that some of Lewicka’s colleagues would not speak to her and hang up the phone if she picked up their call.
The judge ruled that she received less favorable treatment as a part-time employee because she is a single mother, and this amounted to sexual discrimination.
Lewicka was awarded the £23,079 ($32,078.31) for loss of earnings and injury to her feelings.
We can all benefit from being kinder, and if you’re not, Ms. Lewicka just taught us it might cost ya!
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Jill Biden Shows Support For Melania Trump After Posting A Photo Of Her Rose Garden – See Pic
First Lady Jill Biden took to Twitter to show off a gorgeous pic of the White House’s Rose Garden that Melania Trump controversially renovated last summer.
Jill Biden, 69, is appreciating the renovated Rose Garden that Melania Trump, 51, left behind after leaving the White House earlier this year. The First Lady shared a new pic of the flower-filled area to her Twitter page on May 7 and added an exciting caption to it. “Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse!” the caption read.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2021
Although she didn’t mention Melania directly, the tweet could be seen as a sign of support for the wife of former President Donald Trump, 74. After she renovated the garden in Aug. 2020, it received a lot of controversy from critics. Private donations were used to return the garden back to its roots and honor the original design by Bunny Mellon, which President John Kennedy requested in 1962, but people spoke out against the results once they noticed Melania got rid of the crabapple trees that were originally put there during Kennedy’s time at the White House.
Some online users also complained that Melania’s chosen flowers were too pale compared to the brightly colored ones that were there during the Obama administration and an online petition on change.org even garnered more than 75,000 signatures to try and get the Biden administration to undo her changes. Former first lady Jackie Kennedy was the one to originally restore the garden in the early 1960s after years of neglect and the description of the petition states that the late political figure’s “legacy was ripped away” when Melania renovated the garden. At the time of the changes, the White House responded and explained that the flowers just needed time to grow before they would eventually flourish.
After Jill shared her latest photo of the Melania-approved Rose Garden, some followers brought up the ongoing controversy and asked her to change it back to the way it was prior to Melania’s changes. “Sadly scarred by concrete and the loss of beautiful trees. Please restore our Rose Garden,” one follower wrote while another urged her to “take out the wretched cement and return the rose garden to its former glory!” A third pleaded, “Please replace the beautiful rose garden & crabapple trees that were horrendously & callously destroyed. Return it to the beauty it once was.”
Please restore Jackie Kennedy’s rose garden. It would make many of us very happy. It’s such a same someone felt the need to destroy it.
— Native (@802Vermont59) May 7, 2021
Despite the command for changes, there’s no confirmation that the Rose Garden will undergo any renovations anytime soon. The South Lawn of the White House, however, is currently undergoing a massive renovation which is reportedly part of a security and infrastructure upgrade.
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