Sharon Osbourne Compares NBC to Titanic, Confirms 'AGT' Exit (Again)
Nearly a month after she claimed the network fired her son, Jack, from "Stars Earn Stripes" she confirms that it's time to depart the series after six years.
Sharon Osbourne, still fuming over claims that NBC fired her son, Jack, from its reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes, compared her network to the Titanic during a visit to CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday.
Nearly a month after the America's Got Talent judge blasted the network that employs her over and announced that she planned to depart the series after six years, Osbourne (again) confirmed that she'd be leaving the series -- despite still enjoying her role with the show.
"I've done it for six years and this show is the most fabulous show to work on. … You know when your gut tells you it's time to move on, to do other things," she told Letterman. "I truly do love the show. If I wasn't on it, I'd still watch."
Letterman continued to question why she'd depart the series that she still so clearly enjoys, asking her point blank if everything else between the vocal judge and NBC was OK.
Osbourne paused at the awkward question, looked around and responded with a knowing look: "Wasn't it terrible about the Titanic? Shame, wasn't it?"
The AGT judge in early August claimed NBC fired her son Jack from its then-upcoming reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, noting the situation was "discrimination" and "badly handled."
The freshman series, which sees celebrities compete in intense military challenges to earn prizes for charities -- contacted her two days before Jack was supposed to start work on the series claiming the show could not move forward with her son on board.
"It’s time to move on," she said at the time. "They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do. All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years."
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt rejected her discrimination claims. "Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined," he said in a statement. "This network does not discriminate on any basis."
NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy told THR that while the network has five years of options on Osbourne, "you can never really coerce a performer into performing if they don't want to; we don't want to force anyone to do one of the best jobs in TV."
"Literally not one word has passed between myself and Sharon since she started the process of telling us she wanted to leave the show by means other than a phone call," he said.
NBC declined comment Tuesday.
Watch Osbourne's interview, below.
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