WATCH | Sharon Osbourne in tears on The Talk after defending Piers Morgan

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  • Sharon Osbourne is defending Piers Morgan saying: "He's my friend."
  • The 68-year-old got teary on The Talk as she demanded co-host Sheryl Underwood explain why people think his opinions on Meghan Markle make him racist.
  • "I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?" she said.

Sharon Osbourne shared on Twitter on Tuesday that she stands by Piers Morgan.

"I am with you," she wrote. "People forget that you're paid for your opinion and that you're just speaking your truth."

Piers Morgan, of course, resigned as co-host of Good Morning Britain after his comments about Meghan Markle.

"I don't believe a word she says," he said, following the Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Since, Sharon Osbourne has also received backlash, including from her co-hosts on The Talk.

"Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No," she said on Wednesday's episode. "Because it's his opinion. It's not my opinion... I support him for his freedom of speech, and he's my friend."

She added: "I'm not racist... I don't care what colour or what religion anyone is. Are you a nice person? That's what I judge you on."

Co-host Sheryl Underwood pushed back though. "What would you say to people who may feel that while you're standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don't agree?"

A teary Sharon said: "I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?

She said she doesn't believe Piers is racist, however, demanding Sheryl explain what exactly he said to make her believe that. "Educate me!" she said.

Sheryl told her "it is not the exact words of racism, it's the implication and the reaction to it".

"To not want to address that because she is a Black woman, and to try to dismiss it or to make it seem less than what it is, that's what makes it racist," Sheryl said. "But right now, I'm talking to a woman I believe is my friend, and I don't want anybody here to watch this and think we are attacking you for being racist."

The 68-year-old later appeared on BBC News, defending her close friend once more.

"He's not racist!" she said. "He had some relationship with her, I have no idea what, and he can't seem to shift it. But that's his business."    

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