The ladies of “The Talk,” CBS’s answer to “The View,” have come under fire for laughing during a segment about Catherine Kieu, the California woman accused of cutting of her husband’s private part and disposing of it in a particularly gruesome way after he asked for a divorce.
“I don’t know the circumstances,” host Sharon Osbourne said. “However, I do think it’s quite fabulous.” What sounded like the entire audience began to laugh.
The other panelists — Leah Remini, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete and Sara Gilbert — didn’t revel in the story quite as much. But all of the hosts let out at least a small chuckle during the conversation.
Gilbert pointed out that the conversation could be perceived as sexist. “Not to be a total buzz kill,” Gilbert began, “but it is a little bit sexist. If somebody cut a woman’s breast off, nobody would be sitting laughing.”
“It’s different,” Osbourne said, before comparing the two parts of the anatomy.
The segment was posted to Reddit, and from there was picked up by the blogosphere. Several blogs, including, “No, Seriously, What About Teh Menz,” has asked readers to write to CBS to show their displeasure.
Monday’s “The Talk” hasn’t aired yet, so it’s not clear if the panelists will address the backlash on the show. We have reached out to CBS for comment and will update if we get one.