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Sharon Osbourne tells her castmates on The Talk about tax woes: "the buck stops with me."



cbs-the-talk-hosts.jpgIt's not often that hotheaded actress Leah Remini comes across as the voice of reason on CBS' new chatfest, The Talk.

But it was Remini who sounded the most informative note during a discussion on tax issues (?!) the show held today, using fellow castmember Sharon Osbourne's IRS trouble as a jumping off point.

Osbourne, who made headlines weeks earlier when news surfaced that she and rocker husband Ozzy Osbourne owed $1.7-million and had a lien slapped on their mansion, finally talked about her troubles on the show today. In a slightly rambling monologue, she admitted learning about the tax lien from a reporter for the gossip website TMZ, noting that her accountant learned about the problem from her.

thetalk-osbourne.jpgShe also admitted canceling two meetings with him over the last 18 months. "I sat back and I thought, if I'm not invested in my money or my kids money or my husband's money, why should he  -- even though he is paid to do a job," said the star. "The buck stops with me...i was too involved with myself."

News outlets reported last week the superstar couple had paid their tax debt days after early reports revealed they failed to pay more than $700,000 in 2008 and more than $1-million in 2009.

Remini urged viewers to file tax forms even if they don't have the money they owe and call the IRS to arrange payment. recounting a time early in her career when she didn't have the funds to cover a debt. The whole thing had a bit of an afterschool special feel to it, but was an interesting moment for a show which can sometimes flounder in its own vapidity.

[Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 2:44pm]


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