Sharon Osbourne Quits ‘America’s Got Talent’ Over NBC’s Treatment of Son Jack

Aug 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Sharon Osbourne made good on threats to walk away from her job as a judge on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent," and she made clear that she has a beef with the network over its treatment of her son Jack Osbourne, the New York Post reports.

Sharon Osbourne was reportedly incensed that NBC dropped Jack from the show “Stars Earn Stripes” soon after learning that Jack has MS.

Reports the Post, "Jack was first contacted by NBC in April. After coming to what he considered a binding agreement to participate, he received an e-mail May 18 from Chuck LaBella, the network’s vice president of Talent Relations.

" ‘We are looking forward to working with you,’ it said. ‘I am happy you are going to be in the NBC family.’

"A month later, Jack went public with his condition.

"Sharon Osbourne provided The Post with an e-mail she said she got from NBC soon after, just two days before Jack was due to report to work in June. ‘Regretfully, we cannot move forward with Jack’s participation,’ it said."

Osbourne revealed that she has decided not to return to "AGT" for its seventh season, saying, "It’s time to move on." Regarding her contract status, she commented, "All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years."

Sharon Osbourne, one of the hosts of CBS’s "The Talk," said of the decision to drop Jack from the reality show: “It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”

"Stars Earn Stripes" producer David Hurwitz had a different take, saying, "The rigors of the show were too intense for him."

2 Comments

  1. Is is just me or is NBC making an extraordinary number of poorly thought out decisions in the last few months? I mean they just devoted a ton of Olympic coverage to a young man from South Afica that overcame having both of his leg amputated to compete at the games, an amazing acomplishment. The next day they drop a high profile celebrity from a show they are heavily promoting because of MS which based on the coverage I saw of his announcement is in a fairly mild state.

  2. I’ve heard several different reasons as to why Sharon would not be returning to AGT, but I had no idea about this. Shame on NBC! I fully support Sharon’s decision in not returning, although it will be sad to see her go.

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