THE Talk’s Sheryl Underwood is “forbidding producers from speaking to her directly” while staffers “love” new host Natalie Morales.
Sheryl, 57, has been accused of mistreating producers and having tension with her co-hosts during her time on The Talk.
While a source exclusively claimed to The Sun that staffers “love” new host Natalie Morales, who had her first episode on Monday, the same can’t be said for long-time co-host Sheryl.
The insider alleged: “Sheryl will not allow producers to speak to her directly. When any of the producers have questions about their segments they are required to go through Sheryl's personal producer.
“She fields all questions and answers related to Sheryl and communicates them to each individual producer. This arrangement came from Sheryl after learning staff was complaining to HR that she was mean and combative to deal with.
“Sheryl decided to protect herself from future claims by banning anyone from dealing with her directly. The system works because no one really wants to deal with Sheryl.”
The source added staffers allegedly “don’t know what to expect when they deal with her.”
The insider continued: “To make up for being mean sometimes she buys tacos, chicken or BBQ food for everyone so she is thought of as nice.”
But with Natalie, 49, staffers “love” her after just one week on the show.
The source alleged: “The staff loves Natalie so much more than Sheryl already and it's only the first week. Producers are allowed to speak and interact with Natalie and she is warm and welcoming.
“Natalie doesn't have to bribe anyone with sandwiches or ribs because she is naturally a nice person. She is someone in the industry that no one has an unkind word to say about and that reputation is well deserved.
“To say she has been welcomed with open arms is an understatement.”
As for hosts Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the source said: “They are so nice to everyone and know the producers are there to make them look even better on live television.”
In March, original host Sharon Osbourne, 69, quit the show after her on-air fight with Sheryl over her decision to stand by her friend Piers Morgan's criticism of Meghan Markle.
Sharon claimed on The Megyn Kelly Show on SiriusXM that Sheryl was sent to anger management three times for “mistreating producers.”
During the interview, Sharon alleged: “Sheryl had three complaints about her from different producers about the way she treated them,” adding: “They called me and I said, ‘You cannot get rid of Sheryl. There is no way. She can't take that. You just can't do it.’
“So they sent her to anger management. So, it's alright to treat producers that way, but I can't say anything to a co-host.”
Sharon then said her comments about Sheryl continued to cause an uproar behind the scenes of the show, alleging: “When it came out that I was mouthing about Sheryl being at anger management because of the way she treated the staff, of course, they were all like panic, panic, panic.
“And listen, none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. Everybody does. Nobody's perfect.
“And I'm not saying that Sheryl was a terrible person because she treated producers the way she did.”
The Sun previously reported Sheryl was “blindsided” by Natalie’s addition to the talk show, as she “felt she should have been consulted and kept in the loop out of respect for her seniority with the show.”
The insider continued to allege: “There is so much hoopla surrounding Natalie and so much publicity and airtime devoted to her joining the show.
“Amanda has Dancing With the Stars and is getting lots of attention so that makes Sheryl feel like she's not getting the eyeballs that she wants.
“Sheryl feels she isn't getting credit for being the glue that holds the show together.”
Natalie has also been moderating during her premiere week, as the source continued to claim: “Natalie was the clear choice for moderator.
“Sheryl would love that role and to be the main star of the show, but Natalie is a much bigger name and has earned to be the lead because she brings gravitas, experience and her following from her years at NBC."
But a separate inside show source told The Sun: "The hosts and show are in a great place right now, everything is clicking creatively and everyone is excited to be working together.”
The Sun has previously reported on Sheryl’s spats with her co-hosts in the past.
A source told The Sun in May that Sheryl and former Elaine Welteroth were “not happy” that Jerry was in negotiations to replace Sharon.
The source claimed: “On camera everyone is lovey-dovey and laughing together, but off camera Sheryl and Elaine have raised some serious concerns.
"Sheryl thinks Jerry is fine for the Men of May month producers planned, but beyond that she feels we are telling the audience that women cannot behave themselves and be friends.
“It's not the narrative Sheryl wants out there and she thinks it would further damage public perception.”
While Jerry was in Sharon’s coveted middle seat during his time guest hosting, Sheryl began sitting there after he was hired as a permanent host.
A source told The Sun of the seating shakeup: “Sheryl took Jerry’s middle seat, which was the Sharon chair, to send the message that SHE is the star of the show. Jerry has a side chair now. Battle of the egos!”
Sheryl also had tension with Carrie Ann Inaba, 53, before she took a leave of absence and left the show.
A source previously claimed to The Sun: “Sheryl is thrilled Carrie Ann is gone for now.
“Now Sheryl feels the show can assemble their dream team of co-hosts to give The View a run for their money, instead of the slow walk The Talk has been doing.”
The source continued that Sheryl “loves moderating” the show and "being the focal point of every conversation.”
The source added: “She didn't think Carrie Ann did a good job of leading the show. Sheryl feels she is much more capable and has a more dynamic personality for the job.”
Fans have even praised Natalie for saving the show and have demanded Sheryl be let go.
One fan wrote on The Talk’s Facebook page: “Natalie is a seasoned professional journalist. She’s doing great interacting with the audience and guests.
“Sheryl is going to get jealous because everybody likes Natalie more and try to concoct a ‘plan’ to get rid of her as well.”
A second said: “How did The Talk score with Natalie Morales!? What a great add! She brings much needed credibility to the show and has such a charismatic personality. She blends in well with Akbar, Jerry and Amanda. Now they just need to replace Sheryl and the show can be a hit!!”
A third penned: “Good show today, Natalie and Akbar are excellent additions to the show. I love Amanda, she’s genuine and a beautiful person in and out. Jerry is the needed humor to make the show lighter.
“But I still don’t understand Sheryl’s part in this show, she is totally out place, and she knows it. I think is time for her to concentrate on being a comedian, and not a talk show host.”
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