Sharon Osbourne demands tens of millions of pounds to quit US TV show The Talk after defending Piers Morgan

UNDER-FIRE star Sharon Osbourne says US TV chiefs will have to pay her tens of millions if they want to force her to quit.

Sharon, 68, has been hit by a string of allegations of racism and mistreatment in the last week that have seen her TV show The Talk taken off air amid an investigation.

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The problems began after Sharon defended Piers Morgan on air following his comments about Meghan Markle on Good Morning Britain.

During the heated discussion, Sharon attempted to dismiss co-star Sheryl Underwood, who had accused her of standing by Morgan’s “racist stance”.

She later issued a lengthy apology on Twitter and said she panicked over the suggestion she might be racist.

But former co-star Holly Robinson Peete later alleged Sharon had got her fired for being “too ghetto”.

Sharon is also alleged to have made racial slurs about Asian-American co-host Julie Chen.

Sharon, wed to rocker Ozzy, 72, has denied all the claims but The Talk was put on hiatus by network CBS while they are investigated.

And Sharon has insisted she will not step down, telling pals she will only leave if she gets an eight-figure pay-off.

A source close to her said: “She is furious about the slew of accusations made about her and is refusing to bow to the mounting pressure to leave.

“As far as she is concerned, she apologised over the on-air debate and hasn’t done anything else wrong.

“She has a contract and they will have to pay her off if they want her to leave and that will cost them tens of millions. If bosses expect her to go quietly, they have got another think coming.

“It has formed a rift behind the scenes of the show but Sharon has made it crystal clear that she wants to put this behind her and carry on.”

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