Media personality Elaine Welteroth is expecting her first child.
The former Project Runway judge, 34, announced she and husband Jonathan Singletary are starting a family on Monday, telling People magazine: ‘I’m so excited to finally share the excitement with our friends and extended community. It’s been so hard to keep this a secret!’
‘I’m just excited to learn more about what this new life is here to teach us. I’m already learning so much from this experience. We are both excited to experience new levels of love.’
The former Teen Vogue editor’s baby news comes just two months after she announced her exit from The Talk in August.
Oh baby! Media personality Elaine Welteroth is expecting her first child. The family news comes just two months after she made her exit from The Talk
Welteroth and musician husband Singletary wed in May of 2020 after a three year engagement.
Talking about how blessed she feels, Welteroth told People: ‘We always knew — God willing — that one day we would be parents, but no one talks about what it’s like when that one day becomes today.
‘Even with a husband, a house and a career, somehow I still didn’t feel quite ready or adult enough to be somebody’s mom.
‘But there’s nothing that compares to the blessing of the moment you hear that little heartbeat — it changes everything. You just surrender to God’s plan and divine timing.’
She also shared the news in a video message on Instagram, telling followers: ‘Real life evidence of life,’ the positive pregnancy test and sonograms. ‘I’m freaking out right now. This baby looks exactly like Jonathan.’
Welteroth’s new chapter comes after she announced she would not be returning for another season of the CBS chat panel The Talk.
Talking about her departure, she said: ‘It is an absolute honor for anyone, but especially a young Black woman, to occupy space on-air where our perspectives are largely underrepresented. It was gratifying to be able to show up as my authentic self in front of a live national audience every day in a world as divided as ours and to stay true to myself and what I stand for.’
‘I came to The Talk to break out of my own echo chamber and to join a diverse cast in helping to bridge some of the divides in our world through conversation and empathy. I’m proud of how I represented myself and my community,’ she continued. ‘But as I always say: When the music changes, so must your dance! I will miss my talented co-hosts and crew and I wish them the very best. Thanks to all those who tuned in every day.’
Osbourne, the 68-year-old music manager and wife of Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, left in late March after a heated debate over her friend Piers Morgan saw her publicly fall out with Sheryl Underwood and other co-stars
‘I’m excited to continue these necessary conversations in my work and to share my upcoming creative projects soon.’
Elaine’s decision came after audio caught her consoling Sharon Osbourne after a tense on-air conversation about race with co-host Sheryl Underwood became a shouting match.
She was the third full-time panelist to quit the show since Sharon Osbourne and later Carrie Ann Inaba.
She previously announced her leave of absence on April 26 ‘to focus on my well-being.’ She joined the show in 2017.
Osbourne, the 68-year-old music manager and wife of Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, left in late March after a heated debate over her friend Piers Morgan saw her publicly fall out with Sheryl Underwood and other co-stars.
The row began when Morgan stormed out of the British talk show Good Morning Britain on March 9 after saying he didn’t believe Meghan Markle was suicidal following her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Osbourne came under fire on The Talk in March after defending friend Piers Morgan in an on-air debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood, who accused him of making racist remarks
When asked to comment on his remarks on The Talk the following day, Osbourne said that although she disagreed with Morgan, she supported his right to express his controversial opinion on TV.
Underwood, who is black, pushed back hard and accused Osbourne of downplaying Morgan’s comments and giving ‘validation’ to his ‘racist’ views.
The Talk was sent on a month-long hiatus following the heated on-air debate but Osbourne was essentially forced to quit the show.
The incident sparked a wider conversation about race and an internal investigation at CBS after Welteroth, 34, reportedly complained of ‘a racially insensitive and hostile environment’ at the show.
Welteroth and Underwood would later address the controversy on air weeks later, saying the two had been forced to stay ‘composed’ in the face of someone ‘who was not listening and who went off the rails into disrespect.’
Welteroth (left) was part of the heated discussion on race during the March 10 episode that saw Osbourne publicly fall out with her co-stars and subsequently end her ten-year run on the show
They also denied claims of a setup, saying the question about Morgan was not included in their cards.
But an audio recording obtained by DailyMail.com reveals Welteroth appeared to take quite the opposite stance when she discussed the incident with Osbourne behind the scenes after the show.
According to the source who shared the footage, the conversation was captured on Welteroth’s microphone which was still hot when she visited a distraught Osbourne in her dressing room after they finished taping.
The clip begins with Osbourne, who was with her makeup artist and her son Jack, sobbing as Welteroth explains that she had pushed back against producers when they asked her to initiate the heated discussion.
‘They asked me to ask that question. I said, no I’m not going to ask that question,’ Welteroth says. ‘I said to them, this is going to be a train wreck.
‘Sharon, I’m just so sorry that that went the way that it went.’
Osbourne, who is in tears, replies: ‘Do you know what it is though, when you have to sit there and defend yourself? It makes you look guilty because you can’t get out of it.
‘It’s like calling somebody a pedophile, you can’t deny it. What do you say?’
Osbourne became defensive during the confrontation and later said she had been ‘blindsided’ by the question. She fired back at Underwood saying she felt like she was being placed on ‘the electric chair’ for being Morgan’s friend and asked her to show her examples of his alleged racism
In an on-air address weeks later, Welteroth and Underwood denied Osbourne’s claims she was setup and said the two had been forced to stay ‘composed’ in the face of someone ‘who was not listening and who went off the rails into disrespect’
In a series of tweets on April 13, Welteroth addressed the incident within the context of race saying black women are often ‘painted as villains’ even after maintaining their composure and grace ‘in the face of disrespect’
Welteroth then goes on to try to console Osbourne and reassure her that she has her co-stars’ support.
‘I just want you to know, Sharon. Sheryl loves you and respects you so much and had your back behind the scenes. She was not trying to attack you,’ she says.
‘But I also understand when you had a [long night] of trolls f**king attacking you online, that puts you in a position where you have to defend yourself. You feel like you have to defend yourself.
‘And I know you’re upset. I know it was terrible, but I just hope that once this blows over that you know Sheryl is your friend. She really is your friend.
‘She doesn’t think you’re racist. I don’t think you’re racist. No one who knows you would ever say that or think that.’
Osbourne replies sniveling: ‘But why couldn’t she have said, “I’ve known you for 11 years, I know you are not racist” instead of, “I don’t think you are”?
‘No. I know you’re not. There’s a huge difference. A f**king night and day difference to know.
‘I’ve gone to Sheryl,’ Osbourne continues. ‘I’ve said, “educate me. I need to know about your heritage, I need to know things.”
‘She would tell me to get this book and that book and whatever, and she would help me out with things that I didn’t quite understand.
‘When that came, I was like…it was like somebody punched me in the face.’
The row began when Morgan stormed out of UK chat show Good Morning Britain on March 9 after saying he didn’t believe Meghan Markle’s claims that she was suicidal
The controversy stems from Markle’s remarks in the Oprah interview, in which she accused the Royal Family of racism and said she was driven to suicidal thoughts
Osbourne took a stand on The Talk the following day, saying that although she disagreed with him, she supported his right to express his controversial opinion on TV
She also tells Sharon that she believes the co-hosts were ‘set up’, revealing CBS show runners initially wanted her to ask the question that sparked the entire firestorm.
‘We wish Elaine all the best. We are grateful for her passion, enthusiasm, and insight she brought to the show daily,’ executive produces Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said in a statement to Deadline.
‘Her openness and meaningful conversations were attributes we admired and always appreciated.’
In recent years, several prominent names have left the show, including creator Sara Gilbert, Marie Osmond, Aisha Tyler, Carnie Wilson, Julie Chen Moonves, and Eve.
Welteroth began guest hosting the show in late 2020, and officially joined the line up as a full-time panelist in January this year.
In a statement to Deadline, Welteroth said: ‘It is an absolute honor for anyone, but especially a young Black woman, to occupy space on-air where our perspectives are largely underrepresented.’
She added: ‘It was gratifying to be able to show up as my authentic self in front of a live national audience every day in a world as divided as ours and to stay true to myself and what I stand for.’
Welteroth, an author and journalist, said she will now focus on other projects.
Welteroth is a judge on the hit reality TV show Project Runway, which airs on Bravo. The show will return for its 19th season in October.
Her memoir, More Than Enough, is being developed into a TV series by Paramount TV Studios and Anonymous Content.
Welteroth also teaches a career planning class on the streaming platform Master Class.
Hinting that it was her decision to leave, she added: ‘I always say: when the music changes, so must your dance!’
The drama between Osbourne and her co-stars began after Sharon was grilled over her tweet stating her support for friend Piers Morgan after he was fired for criticizing Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey
Before becoming a full-time panelist on The Talk in January of this year, Welteroth had several guest-hosting stints.
She and Amanda Kloots became permanent co-hosts at the same time. The two were brought in to replace Marie Osmond and Eve, both of whom left the show the previous season.
Underwood is the only remaining full-time panelist who was on the show when it began taping last September.
Osbourne was eventually replaced by actor Jerry O’Connell.
Inaba took to Instagram to announce her departure from the show. It was reported that Osbourne’s exit ‘did not sit well’ with her.
The Talk producers are now said to be eager to hire a man to fill the one remaining slot on the panel.
Some possible names that have been mentioned are NFL star Victor Cruz, Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, preacher DeVon Franklin, Shark Tank investor Daymond John, retired NBA star Jalen Rose, American Idol mentor Bobby Bones, and former SNL star Jay Pharoah.
Earlier this month, co-host Carrie Ann Inaba, 53, announced she and The Talk had ‘mutually agreed to part ways’ in an Instagram statement just four months after she took a leave of absence from the show
Big announcement: Carrie Ann summarized a series of brief video messages in a lengthy caption where she spoke about having ‘gratitude’ for the experience over the last four years
Inaba earlier this month summarized a series of brief video messages in a lengthy caption where she spoke about having ‘gratitude’ for the experience.
‘I am filled with immense gratitude for my journey on @thetalkcbs. It has been a wonderful experience and an honor to have been the moderator at The Talk, following in the footsteps of two women I very much respect @juliechenmoonves and @thesaragilbert.’
‘Dreams do come true, if you work hard for them. I have made beautiful and lifelong friendships, I’ve had so many unforgettable experiences, (be prepared for a few memories shared in the next few days), and I’ve learned so much from all the heartfelt and authentic discussions we’ve shared with you.
‘My heart is full and content. I’m truly grateful for all that was, all that is (life is in perfection), and all that will be. To all my friends and family at @thetalkcbs I wish you a great Season ahead!
‘And, I also very much look forward to my own future as well. Life is good. And endings can be as beautiful as beginnings,’ she said before teasing Dancing With The Stars season 30.
Her post received comments from Kloots and Osbourne.
Full transcript of Elaine Welteroth’s dressing room conversation with Sharon Osbourne after on-air blow up on The Talk
ELAINE WELTWORTH (EW): Hold on. What exactly are we doing right now? Help me understand.
They asked me to ask that question. I said, no I’m not going to ask that question.
I said, wait, what’s the intention of this conversation? Because this could go left so fast.
They go, ‘let me call you back.’ I said to them, this is going to be a train wreck.
Oh look at this sweetheart, you can tell. Sharon I am just so sorry that that went the way that it went.
SHARON OSBOURNE (SO): Do you know what it is though, when you have to sit there and defend yourself? It makes you look guilty because you can’t get out of it.
It’s like Jack always says, it’s like calling somebody a pedophile, you can’t deny it. What do you say?
JACK OSBOURNE (JO): It’s like how do you….’come look at my web browser, I’m not a pedophile,’ like, you know?
EW: I don’t think… we…we all agree, when you left we were like, there’s no way that we should just [drowned out by ringtone] in that conversation without having a [garbled] altogether.
I thought…I thought – I was told “Sharon wants to comment on Piers”, I go, “great!” They go, “OK, is there anything you wanna say?” I was like, no. Not at all.’
SO: As I was driving in this morning, they said do you want to comment on Piers? I said sure I will. Sure.
Four minutes. Four minutes before I went out, they called me and said, “you know, some might not agree with your opinion, is that alright for them to air?”
I said of course it is. We talk whatever they feel. You know, we’ll discuss it.
I never thought it was gonna be…that. Because …. whatever you say you just look guilty. And now everybody’s gonna have that little seed of doubt: “well you know, maybe she’s a bit racist.”
EW: ‘It’s so f**ked up.
SO: These people here, that run this, have no ethics. They don’t care. They just want numbers, numbers, numbers.
EW: Did you speak to them? Did you get anyone on the phone yet?
SO: Nobody’s here. Nobody’s here, the building … the offices are empty.
EW: I just want you to know, Sharon. Sheryl loves you and respects you so much and had your back behind the scenes. She was not trying to attack you.
But I also understand when you had night long of trolls f**king attacking you online, that puts you in a position where you have to defend yourself. You feel like you have to defend yourself.
And I know you’re upset. I know it was terrible, but I just hope that once this blows over, that you know Sheryl is your friend. She really is your friend.
She doesn’t think you’re racist. I don’t think you’re racist. No one who knows you would ever say that or think that.
SO: But why couldn’t she have said: “I’ve known you for 11 years, I know you are not racist” instead of, “I don’t think you are.” No, I know you’re not.
There’s a huge difference. A f**king night and day difference to know.
I’ve gone to Sheryl, I’ve said, “educate me. I need to know about your heritage. I need to know things.”
She would tell me to get this book and that book and whatever, and she would help me out with things that I didn’t quite understand.
When that came, I was like…it was like somebody punched me in the face.
EW: I don’t know if you saw but [showrunner] ran up to me before we got on air and she goes I’m so sorry …[drowned out by phone ringing]….enough time
Then I go, “we shouldn’t be talking about this!”
SO: You said that?
EW: Yeah. That’s why I sat there silent thinking… I thought, “okay, Sharon wants to say something. Let her say the thing and then we’ll move on to Selena f**king Gomez.
They literally made her ask that question. And I thought that she was setting it up in way so that you knew – I assumed that you guys had had a pre-conversation so that you were on the same page.
SO: No! No! No! I’m running out. Just as I’m running out – I always go for a wee, four- five minutes before.
Phone rings: “How do you feel about not everybody agreeing with you.”
Agreeing with me? Well fine, they can ask me whatever they want. I’m fine.
But that’s like….it’s not like “they’re gonna accuse you of being a racist.”
EW: Nobody, nobody was even discussing disagreeing with you. At least from me, I can tell you straightforward. They said: “do you have anything to say?”
I go, “no. If Sharon wants to comment, Sharon should comment and then we move on to the next topic.
I have enough s**t going on in my own personal life. To be honest, Sharon, I didn’t even read the tweets.
I don’t even what people said to you. I only know because people texted me a screenshot and I go, “okay. okay.” I literally feel nothing.
But here’s the one thing – and maybe we talk about this more another day – but the thing I hope you’re aware of, because you said in that room you saw something in her eye, you felt like she was coming at you like a journalist.
Here’s the thing that I just want you to just know: Sheryl and I are held to a different standard by black people and people of color out there who expect us to say something about every racist anything… and it puts us in such a f**ked up position.
That even if we don’t have the information, if we don’t even really care, if we don’t really wanna engage, it feels like there’s a spotlight on us, you know?
And … I think that Sheryl was trying to navigate that line, you know what I mean, where she was like, “this is my friend.” I know you’re not racist.
And I hear you though, I will take that to heart. You are right, you wanted to hear “you are not a racist, Sharon.” We know that.
MAKEUP ARTIST: I actually just explained that to her right now.
EW: Yeah. I think she thinks she said that but she said, “I don’t think you’re racist.” And I think she meant the same thing.
SO: “I know” and “I don’t think”…is like this far away.
EW: And really, that’s an enlightening moment for me to hear you say that. I wanna apologize because I don’t know what I said, maybe I didn’t say “I know you’re not”.
I might have said “I think”, but I need you to know I f**ing know you’re not.
SO: I know that!
EW: I f**king know you’re not!
SO: I know that. Now I feel the big picture. I know what happened. I know what happened.
MAKEUP ARTIST: She just told me she got a call at 4 in the morning. It just went f**ing haywire.
SO: No, they set me up. CBS set me up. And they don’t care because they just want ratings. They don’t care. They don’t care that I will now have to go around and people think I’m racist. They don’t give a s**t. They just want ratings. That’s all.
EW: And that’s the part that’s inhumane. I was like, don’t f**king make us talk about Selena Gomez after this. This is inhumane.
SO: You said that. You did.
MAKEUP ARTIST: Yeah. I heard you say that. I agree 100 on that. How do you transition?
EW: Yeah we’re not actors. You don’t pay me to be a f**king Oscar-winning actress. No.
MAKEUP ARTIST: That’s right. Yeah you did say that.
EW: No. It felt like we were all set up – particularly you – but I also felt set up because I was like sitting there and Sheryl goes, “what would you like to say?”
I’m like…what the f**k? I don’t have nothing to say. Why are we having this conversation right now?
MAKEUP ARTIST: But even that second sectors.. I was like change topics! Just change it. Don’t even ask … It was just a lot.
EW: It was so much. And it’s like – I’m not even talking to you now, Sharon. I’m not talking … it’s like America.
Black America, White America, Racist America, it’s like they’re like they’re all watching us and there’s this pressure to demonstrate how to talk about this stuff, but we haven’t ever been guided on how to f**king do this.
I’m not an D&I [diversity and inclusion] expert. I didn’t know I was gonna come on here and be the – I don’t know how to do that, actually.
SO: No! Neither do I, I’m just a f**king old woman [background laughter] that has a lot of stories. I don’t f**king care if you’re an alien. Are you a nice alien? Then come sit down.
I don’t give a … I just don’t judge by anything. How can I be a judge of anybody with my heritage? I can’t. And it’s like, for numbers, for ratings, they have done this.
MAKEUP ARTIST: Well it’s your character. This is like who you are as a person and that’s so not anything…
JO: But it’s CBS offering up one of their own so they don’t have to make an apology. CBS didn’t wanna have to make it because everyone is so terrified of fanning the flames of the mob that they just went “alright, let’s just f**king serve her up to her own team that way we don’t have to say anything. Like “oh it handled itself.”
EW: That’s right. You’re right about that. Because for me I was confused.
When somebody texted me this tweet, I looked at it and I was confused, Sharon, because I thought someone was quoting something you said on the show and I go, “she didn’t say that.”
And then I look more carefully and say, oh she tweeted that. And to me, I’m like, that’s her platform.
If you say that on your platform and you’re dealing with trolls your dealing with controversy, that’s your business in your own platform. But why are we addressing things on the show that she didn’t say on the show?
On the show, you walk this delicate tight rope where you really supported your friend but you didn’t alienate people who were people of color who thought you handled yourself really well on the show when you addressed it. Leave it at that.
MAKEUP ARTIST: It happened. It should’ve just been a statement and then move on.
EW: Maybe it’s like, “hey Sharon, you wanna comment on it. Comment on your Twitter, let’s just leave it there or something.
Or if you really want us to talk about this – thank you. Is my face looking crazy?
Who knows what I look like right now.
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