Who knew reality TV could cause such heartache? Other than anyone who’s seen The Challenge: Battle of the Exes? Earlier today Sharon Osbourne declared that she’s leaving America’s Got Talent, alleging that NBC fired her son Jack Osbourne from a new reality show due to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. “I just can’t be fake,” Sharon told the New York Post. “It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”
Apparently Ozzy’s son was scheduled to appear on the upcoming Stars Earn Stripes, a show in which celebs take on military training exercises. According to Sharon, the show dumped Jack two days before he was set to film…after he publicly discussed his illness. “They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do,” she says of her departure. “All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.” Joke’s on you, NBC! In five years, everything on TV will be a reality show. Sharon will be judging who Wants To Be The Vice President Of The United States? in 2020, and laughing all the way to the space bank!
According to NBC, however, Sharon’s version of the story might not be the whole picture. “He was somebody we were in talks with,” Stars producer David Hurwitz said of Jack in July, and even the Osbournes cop to the fact that Jack didn’t have a signed contract with the network. On the other hand, Jack offered to buy his own insurance policy for the show and was denied, while Hurowitz did insist, “The rigors of the show were too intense for him.” Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure Jack Osbourne wouldn’t sign up for a TV show he was physically unable to take part in. Reality stars are crazy, but not “I know the paramedics are going to have to carry me off this tire course but I just don’t care” crazy.
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