More than a year since Sharon Osbourne’s abrupt firing from The Talk, Sheryl Underwood is admitting that she misses her former co-host — a surprising statement considering her firing came after an intense on-air discussion between the two about racism.

“I miss her,” Underwood told People. “You can’t work with somebody for all that time. I have an equation that I use — time plus distance equals clarity.”

She continued, “When you work in daytime with somebody, 220 shows, four days a week, traveling with them, talking to them, you can’t forget that.”

Osbourne, who starred on the talk show since 2010 and alongside Underwood since 2011, found herself in hot water during a discussion regarding Piers Morgan’s comments about Meghan Markle’s infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“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?” Osbourne angrily asked Underwood at the time, adding, “For me at 68 years of age to have to turn around and say, ‘I ain’t racist.’ What’s it gotta do with me? How can I be racist about anybody or anything in my life?”

Osbourne then told Underwood not to cry and asked the co-host to “educate” her on when Morgan has said racist things. After she explained her perspective, Underwood calmly said, “Right now I am talking to a woman who I believe is my friend and I don’t want anybody here to watch this and think we’re attacking you for being racist,” something Osbourne scoffed at.

The host, who later apologized for her comments, exited the show shortly after.

The Talk airs weekdays at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.